The Senate on Wednesday in Abuja demanded the allocation of N500 billion in Services Wide Votes (SWV) to the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, for the urgent rehabilitation of flood-affected roads across the country.
The Senate resolution was a complement to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Sen. Pacey Gershom (PDP Cross River South).
Senator Pacey, who is leading the debate on the proposal, noted that this year’s floods are the worst Nigeria has seen in decades, with more water levels rising than episodes of 2012 and 2020.
He also stated that the 2022 floods have exacerbated the deplorable state of federal roads in Nigeria.
The legislator argued that justification for the proposed funds becomes necessary because some major interstate roads are being washed away and bridges impassable, creating economic crises and a human security crisis.
Senator Passey also said that road transport is the main mode of transport in Nigeria as air transport etc. are not within the reach of most Nigerians.
He added that the movement of heavy vehicles and human beings of Nigerians associated with the year-end festivities will be adversely affected due to the unfortunate roads caused by the 2022 flood.
Therefore, the Senate has directed that the NNPC Ltd Road Infrastructure Tax Credit scheme should be expanded to cover the maintenance of failed sections of federal roads.
The Senate is seeking N500 billion in broad votes for services to rehabilitate roads