By Favour Nnabugwu
Irked by the current state of Nigerian roads and the need to improve the welfare of the populace, the National Assembly has lashed out at states that did not channel their allocation towards improving infrastructure for the well-being of their people.
This came as the lawmakers planned to declare a state of emergency on Nigerian roads if the situation was not promptly addressed.
Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, who disclosed this at the gala nite dinner organised in his honour and management team of the Ministry of Works by Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Okpabio, at Government House in Uyo last weekend, condemned some state governments with no concrete infrastructure to show for the allocations given to them.
Ekweremadu, who commended Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Enugu and Rivers state governments for serving as pacesetters of President Goolduck Jonathan’s transformation agenda, having properly and efficiently utilised Federal Government allocation to them, flayed some other states for their inability to account for what they had expended their allocations on.
He said: “Nigerians like to see things for themselves and unless they see roads and structures, any government that claims it is doing something in its state and has no concrete evidence to show for those things, nobody would believe it.
“Each time l come to Akwa Ibom state, l get inspired because this is a state that is making a strong case for democracy. If democracy must strive, there must be something to show for it and that is what we call dividend of democracy. Akwa Ibom has shown that democracy is the best that we have in the country now.”