ByÂ Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”Abia State Government has said that it has so far spent about N10 billion in the maintenance of federal roads in the state.
Governor Theodore Orji disclosed this inÂ Umuahia, when he received in audience the members of the Governing Board of the Federal Emergency Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA,Â led by its chairman, Mr. Abdukadir Kure.
Governor Orji regretted that though funds were appropriated for the rehabilitation of federal roads in the state, nothing had been done on the roads prompting the state government to use its lean resources to rehabilitate the federal roads that pass through the state.
Orji, however, called onÂ FERMA to look into the matter and determine why contracts appropriated for in the federal budget were left unattended to. He also sought the agencyâ€™s assistance to the state.
According to the Governor, the South East zone has suffered gross neglect in infrastructural development, noting that Abians have suffered untold hardship due to the bad federal roads in the state.