By Ndahi Marama
Â MAIDUGURI â€” minister of Works, Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi Daggash, has expressed Federal Governmentâ€™s determination to rehabilitate all federal roads across the country.
The minister made this known to newsmen when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Ali Sheriff at the Government House, Maiduguri in continuation of his nationwide inspection of federal roads.
Daggash said the Federal Government would soon introduce a weight bridges across the country to check overloading by truck drivers, stressing that overloading reduces the life span of our roads.
He said Borno State being gateway to Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central Africa, Sudan and other African countries, deserved a good road network to boost trading activities with these neighbouring countries.
The minister said Federal Government would commence the construction of federal roads from Cross-Kauwa to Abadam and Abadam Damasak to boost international trade in the area.
Responding, Gov. Sherifff said he had written over 70 letters of complaint to the Federal Government over the deplorable condition of federal roads in the state, especially the Maiduguri-Ngala road but to no avail.
He said during the rainy season, three local governments of Ngala, Kala-Balge and Abadam were usually cut off from the rest of the state due to bad roads, and appealed to the Federal Government to rehabilitate federal roads across the state.