House of Representatives seeks increased funding for roads

By Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

Nigeria's House of Representatives

The House of Representatives has call for a comprehensive framework and funding policy for road infrastructure Nigeria.

This was contained in a motion adopted at the plenary, under matters of urgent public importance on the need to rehabilitate Beni-Warri and Benin-Asaba-Onitsha roads that linked South East and South-South parts of the country.

Presenting the motion, Mr. Ndudi Elumelu said the roads have been a nightmare to travelers considering the number of hours wasted due to bad state of the roads.

“Right now is difficult for anybody going to Port Harcourt, going to Bayelsa or even going to Onitsha to access this road.

The road is bad, very difficult because the whole place was totally collapsed,” Mr Elumelu stated.

Value of roads
He said considering the economic value of the roads giving them facelift would ease the suffering of commuters, reduce loss of lives and property as well as rise the revenue generation in the area.

Contributing to the debate, Mr. Toby Okechukwu from Enugu State said that greater percent of motions at the green chamber were road related, giving a clear picture of the State of roads across the country.

He said the funding remained the only measures to be adopted to ease the road challenges.

Mr. Okechukwu explained that; “This is the battle we have to win and what is the solution to it? We simply have to fund Nigerian roads.

”In the immediate run, I will suggest that as the Appropriation for 2020 is coming there simply there has to be a Marshal Plan and intervention.”

Members were unanimous that roads challenges must be dealt with for Nigerians to move freely and easily across the country.



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