23 September 2020 By Georgina Humphrey
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has solicited urgent Federal Government’s attention to the deplorable condition of Federal Roads in Kogi.
A statement signed by the State Commissioner for information and Communications, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo says Governor Bello made the call when he visited the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola in Abuja.
The statement explains that the deplorable state of all Federal Roads across the State had led to recurrent accidents in the State.
It stresses that the State Government has done a lot in maintaining the roads but owing to the large volume of traffic on the roads, in view of its strategic location as a gateway State, such repairs and maintenance do not stand the test of time.
The statement appeals to the minister to expedite action in carrying out reconstruction of roads across the state to curtail preventable accidents on the roads
” I am appealing to the minister to direct contractors handling repairs on the Murtala Bridge at Jamata to speed up the rate of work, adding that the slow pace of work has caused the commuters untold hardship. Governor Bello noted.
Governor Bello informed the minister that he had to personally be on ground on the Lokoja -Abuja road on July 26 to help other agencies to control the traffic gridlock caused on the road as a result of the damaged portion of the bridge.
He equally urged the minister to direct the contractors handling the Kabba-Ilorin road to return to site, noting that the total neglect of the road in the area had made life unbearable for motorists and commuters plying the road.
The governor also drew the attention of the minister to the Lokoja-Ganaja-Ajaokuta road which the Federal Government awarded for over three years but contractors were yet to be seen on site.
Responding, the Minister of Works Babatunde Fashola said he had directed the Federal Road Maintenance Agency to immediately move into action to fix bad portion of the road at the Felele end of the Okene/Lokoja/Abuja road.
The minister equally put calls across to contractors handling Kabba-Egbe-Omuaran road, Okene-Lokoja-Abuja road to inform them of the governor’s presence in his office and the need for them to speed up work on the roads.
He assured the Governor that the Ministry would use the remaining part of the year to achieve more in fulfilling the Governor’s request in respect of Federal Roads in the State.
Mr.Fashola commiserated with the Governor, People and Government of Kogi State over the accident that claimed lives on today in Lokoja.