A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Niger state, Alhaji Nma Kolo has Called on the federal government to come to the rescue of Federal (trunk A) roads in Niger state as the intervention of the state government in the road was not enough to immediately change the state of the roads.
Nma Kolo told journalists yesterday that motorists along federal roads in the state especially, those linking the state with other parts of the country were in the state of of disrepair over the years and needed emergency declaration to change the roads as being done by the federal government all over Nigeria.
He noted that though the Niger state government has strived severally when the conditions of the roads became unbearable but the capital intensive nature of working on such roads is beyond the capacity of the state government.
“You can see obviously that Niger state government has tried to intervene in the Suleja-Minna road, the Tegina trunk A road and many others but the resources of the state can not match the enormity of the work needed to be done on those strategic roads to the state,” he said.
Nma Kolo added that “with the way things are at present, I hereby humbly call on the federal government to declare state of emergency on federal roads in Niger state, if not for anything, Niger state is strategic to FCT”
The APC chieftain, who is popular a political mobilizer in the state was optimistic that considering the responsive nature of APC governments at all levels, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari will take urgent steps to salvage the state of the roads in the state.
He lauded the effort of the Niger state government for spending billions of naira to at least mitigate the suffering of the motorists on some of the roads.
Nma reiterated that the roads needed total repair and the financial implications are huge and way beyond the strength of Niger state which is why the federal government must come in and declare state of emergency on the road.
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