The Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport, Sen. Abdulfatai Buhari, has said that majority of the bad federal roads in the country won't be repaired for now because there's no money to fix them.
The Senator disclosed that out of the 3,800 federal roads detected as needing to be fixed, only 500 were able to be absorbed into the 2020 budget. He said the Federal Government is unable to finance the rehabilitation of remaining 3,300 federal roads.
3,300 bad federal roads won't be repaired by the federal government for now, for lack of fund
The Senator stated that the list of the bad roads was presented to his committee by Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing.
Naijauto gathered that the Ministry of Works and Housing was allotted the highest fund in the 2020 budget proposal. And according to Senator Buhari, the ₦262 billion given to the Ministry wasn't enough.
Senator Buhari said that the ₦262 billion given to the Ministry wasn't enough to fix the many deplorable roads
"The state of our roads is horrible. If you look at this year’s budget, N260billion has been budgeted for roads in Nigeria, but I must be honest with you, the roads so far are deplorable all over the country.
From the North, West, East and South, it is horrible. But, the money is not enough to do the job that is prioritised. Like the Trunk A roads in the Southwest for example – the Lagos to Ibadan, Ibadan to Ogbomosho and Ogbomosho to Ilorin – those are the ones picked. The same thing with the Eastern Bypass in Owerri, South-South and other regions."
Last week, the Minister told State House correspondents that Nigerian roads aren't as bad as people paint it to be. His statement received a lot of backlash from citizens on various digital platforms. In 2018, Nigerian ranked 133 out of 140 countries that were surveyed globally in terms of the state of roads.
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