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Reps call for increase in road funding, speedy rehabilitation

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From Jonas Ike, Abuja

Concerned about the deplorable conditions of federal roads across Nigeria, the House of Representatives on Thursday called for a comprehensive framework and funding policy for road infrastructure in the country.
This was contained in a motion adopted at the plenary, under matters of urgent public importance on the need to rehabilitate Beni-Warri, Benin-Asaba-Onitsha road, that linked South East and South-South parts of the country.
Presenting the motion, Hon  Ndudi Elumelu said the road has been a nightmare to travellers considering the number of hours wasted due to bad state of the road.
“Right now is difficult for anybody going to PH, 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.”
Elumelu said considering the economic value of the road giving it a face-lift will ease the suffering of commuters, reduce loss of lives and property as well as rice the revenue generation in the area.
Contributing to the debate, Hon Toby Okechukwu from Enugu State, pointed out 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 in the country.
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.
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In the immediate run, I will suggest that as the Appropriation for 2020 is coming there simply has to be a Marshal Plan and intervention.”
Members were unanimuos that roads challenges must be dealt with for Nigerians to move freely and easily across the country.

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