FERMA Requests N100bn To Rehabilitate Roads
Nigeria’s Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has requested the sum of N100 billion as its intervention fund to repair roads damaged by the recent flooding nationwide.
NewsBeatng reports that the request was made by its managing director, Mr. Nurudeen Rafindadi, at the 2023 budget defense session with the Senate Committee on FERMA on Monday.
The FERMA boss revealed that it has already evaluated damages done on the affected roads across the states.
Rafindadi, speaking with the chairman of the committee, Sen. Gershom Bassey, on steps being taken by FERMA to re-fix roads washed away by flood across the country said the agency has carried out an evaluation, and that the sum is needed in its intervention fund to resume repairs.
“FERMA has more significant roles to play in getting things right in the flooded areas in terms of creating access to emergency services. Without re-fixing the damaged roads across the flooded areas, no relief material or emergency services can be given to victims.
“Evaluation of damages done on the affected roads across the states have been carried out. We require N100 billion to re-fix the roads,” he said.
He noted that N31.6 billion envelope was given to the agency as capital votes for the 2023 fiscal year, saying that it was not even half of the N70 billion appropriated for similar purposes in the 2022 fiscal year.
The committee assured the agency that the N100 billion intervention fund would be made available.