The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has promised to rehabilitate all federal roads across the country in 2014 and beyond. This was disclosed by Alhaji Ahmed Gusau, a member of the board of the agency when he addressed a news conference in Sokoto on Tuesday.
“The potholes that you see, that are disturbing Nigerians on the roads are being aggressively addressed. This is to ensure safe driving by Nigerians. This is one of the cardinal responsibilities of FERMA and I believe we are up to the task. By the special grace of God, 2014 will witness much of such intensity of maintaining Nigerian roads,” Gusau, said.
The FERMA board member, however, condemned the habit of overloading by vehicles, which he said were wreaking havoc on Nigerian roads. “There is no reason for you to put 60 tonnes in a vehicle of 30 tonnes; that act is giving serious depression on the roads,” he said.
Gusau further urged Nigerians to patronize the railways and inland waterways, which he said had been revived by the Federal Government, in order to make the roads freer and better.