The Osun Governor condemned the state of federal roads in the state.
The House of Representatives Committee on Works said it has begun the inspection of federal roads in Osun with a view to determining areas of improvement.
The hint was given when the committee, led by its chairman, Ogbuefi Ozongbachi, paid a courtesy call on Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Thursday in Osogbo.
Mr. Ozongbachi said the committee’s mission to the state was to inspect the federal roads, including ongoing projects for situational assessment.
According to the chairman, the committee has earlier visited Lagos, Ogun and Oyo state before Osun. He said the National Assembly had the capacity to critically assess the quality of works done by states on behalf of the Federal Government.
He advised states to always obtain approval from the Federal Government before embarking on intervention in federal roads to make reimbursement easy.
Mr. Ozongbachi urged the states to also send their project claims on time to ensure prompt repayment of the money spent on federal roads.
In his address, Mr. Aregbesola implored the Federal Government to always give more attention to the state in its intervention on federal roads, which he said, were in bad condition.
Mr. Aregbesola expressed dissatisfaction with the condition of the federal roads in the state which he also observed, had been abandoned in terms of construction or rehabilitation. He cited specifically the road linking Osun with Ekiti on Ilesa road axis; Osogbo with Ilobu on Ogbomoso road axis, and Osogbo with Iwo on Ibadan road axis among several others.
In order to make the roads last, the governor called on the Federal Government to ensure efficient and effective rail system to complement road transport.