Reps moves to arrest security threat by rainfall
The House of Representatives has mandated the Ministry of Works to commence emergency repair on all the roads and bridges affected by rainfall, to end the hardship being experienced by motorists and other road-users.
This was sequel to a motion of urgent public importance moved at plenary by Ibrahim Isiaka (APC, Ifo/Ewekoro), drawing the attention of the house to the dilapidated roads and bridges across the nation due to torrential rain across the country in the past three months.
Besides, the house urged the ministry to present to the House Committee on Works an action plan that might require legislative framework for immediate intervention to achieve the result.
According to Isiaka, a condition assessment carried out across the country put an estimated cumulative length of the damaged roads above 6,000km.
No region in the country, he added, is spared from the disaster, as culverts have been submerged, roads collapsed, and access to many towns and cities across the nation completely cut off.
The lawmakers were worried that the threat posed by the disaster portends danger to human safety and is causing significant disruption to economic and social activities.
They, therefore, unanimously mandated the committee on works to ensure compliance, regretting that the development left behind tales of woe, despondency, social and economic challenges.