Yuletide: Nigerian govt rehabilitates roads ahead of Christmas celebrations
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said on Tuesday the Federal Government(FG) would henceforth ensure proper funding of various ongoing road projects across the country.
The minister stated this in Abuja during a meeting with contractors handling various federal governments’ projects in the country.
Fashola told the contractors that funds would be made available in line with the federal government’s promise to ensure quarterly payment of contractors’ funds.
He, however, urged the contractors to ensure that roads across the country were made passable ahead of the yuletide season by ensuring that failed sections of various roads were rehabilitated.
“Let the Nigerian people know what is happening on our roads when they are not maintained during the raining season. Also, this happens in other parts of the world.
“Even with the best of maintenance, some rains are heavy and sometimes causes flooding. You will lose some of the infrastructure like it happened in some parts of America,” he said.
The contractors called for better funding regime to address the current deplorable state of roads across the country.
They blamed the deplorable state of roads on rains and poor funding.
In an interview with OAK TV, the President of Federation of Construction Industry (FOCI), Engr. Nasiru Dantata, expressed optimism that different contractors, particularly those under FOCI, were ready to comply with the Minister’s directive and return to sight ahead of the busy yuletide window.
Dantata further lauded the Buhari-led administration over the decision to implement a steady funding plan going forward, adding Nigerians should expect better road networks following the new arrangement.