August 25, 2009

Chime wants S-East roads reconstructed

By Tony Edike

Enugu – Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu state has asked the Federal Government to embark on total reconstruction of federal roads in the South East rather than the present routine maintenance exercise carried out by Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

Governor Chime made the call when the chairman and members of the governing board of  FERMA, led by Alhaji Abdulkhadir Kure, paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Enugu.

He maintained that the total reconstruction of federal roads in the zone became necessary because the life span of the roads have gone beyond maintenance or patching.

The Governor observed that the re-introduction of the toll gates along federal highways across the country might not be favourably received by the people because their expectations when they were established in the past yielded no dividend.

According to Chime, the tolls that were collected from road users for the maintenance of roads in the past were not utilized to achieve the objective.

The Governor appealed to the management of the agency to discourage people from blocking federal highways, especially by establishing markets along the highways, as this increases the rate of accidents in such areas. He suggested that