The Federal Government, through the Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has revealed new tactics are being put in place to examine and fix bad spots on Federal roads across the country before the onset of the rainy season.
Bad spots on the federal road will be fixed ahead of the rainy season
The Minister who was in Cross River State to inspect federal roads and housing projects said his ministry has collaborated with states' governments and contractors to tackle spots on the roads worst affected during the rainy season.
The strategy is that all of those roads where trucks get stocked; while the construction is ongoing now, those bad spots which work may not get there before the rains, should be made motorable during the rains.
We know that the rains will come and we are preparing for it. Working with the contractors is one side of the coin: In Cross River State, I had a long meeting with the deputy governor and what applies to Cross River State will apply to others. The expectation is that all the states with roads where heavy trucks ply should make provision to clear any truck that gets stock before it cause traffic jam
the idea is that State government should work with owners of towing trucks and station two to four of the towing vehicles strategically across length of the road. If we take Odukpani to Itu Bridge for instance and we have the towing vehicles at both ends, any vehicle that breaks down along the way will be cleared. On the flip side of it, while the government is working out strategies on the roads for the raining season, vehicle owners should also prepare for the raining season by ensuring that their vehicles are in good condition
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Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, during the Cross River road inspection
Fashola, during the inspection, expressed his pleasure with the ongoing work on the Itu, Odukpani, and Akpet and Alesi-Ugep roads. He pointed out the road projects were being handled by a local contractor and that the contractor's delivery so far has proved the President was on the right track, with his decision to encourage and assist local contractors.
Naijauto gathered the Minister advised the contractors in charge of some of the road projects to consider other public infrastructure that is along their project route, for instance, the electricity and telecommunication cables.
The President is satisfied with the delivery of the local road contractors
The local contractor in charge of the road projects, Isioma Eziashi, who complained about the slow pace funds are being released was assured by Fashola that funds won't be delayed anymore.
The Cross River State controller of Works, Engr. Bassey Nsentip gave a breakdown of road projects done and contractors’ readiness to begin work on the recently awarded projects.
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