Nigerian government admits South East roads in terrible state

The Federal Government says it will fix the bad roads in the South East and other regions

The Federal Government on Wednesday in Abuja admitted that a lot of arterial roads in the South East are in terrible condition.

The Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, said this while answering questions at the News Agency of Nigeria forum in Abuja on Wednesday.

“In fact, the road you are talking about from Umuahia to Ikot Ekpene, when I visited Abia State in December, I drove through the road and I noticed that there is about three kilometres stretch of that road that is actually in dire need of rehabilitation.

“I have not just heard about it, I have seen it; between the ministry of works and the agency which is under my supervision, we are formulating an emergency plan to recover that particular road; it has not been forgotten,” the Minister said.

He said that the Federal Government will evolve and implement an emergency plan to fix federal roads in dire state in the South East and other parts of the country.

Mr. Onolememen dismissed insinuations that the Federal Government had not done much in fixing most of its roads in bad condition in the south east region. He said that though the budgetary constraints had limited the ministry’s intervention in some areas, government had in the past few years tried to recover bad portions of the arterial roads.

“It is not true that all the federal government roads in the south east are in bad shape,” he said.

“It is in the same south east where you have the Obiozora-Iziagu road that is one of our best roads which is comparable to anywhere in the world.

“We have pockets of them here and there, the Enugu-Abakaliki road is part of the roads in the south east, these are very good alignments.”

The Minister said that the Obajana-Kabba road which had been in terrible state in the past 15 years and other critical roads across the country would receive priority attention before the expiration of the present administration.

The minister urged Nigerians to appreciate the work done by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in the area of road rehabilitation and construction after many years of neglect in the sector.

Mr. Onolememen said that a significant percentage of the remaining 15,000 kilometres of federal roads across the country would be made motorable before the end of the present administration in 2015.

He assured Nigerians that most of the problems on the major corridors across the country would be tackled through different approaches that would bring succour to Nigerians.

(NAN)


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