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Minister assures on repair of federal roads in Kogi

LOKOJA — Minister of Works, Senator Sanusi Daggash, has assured of the readiness of his ministry to undertake the complete rehabilitation of the Kabba-Ilorin, Kabba-Omuo and  Kabba-Obajana roads, over which work will begin soon.

He also said work on the Iluke-Abugi road which is being handled by FERMA would be intensified.

The minister gave the assurance during a meeting with the Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Senator Smart Adeyemi in his office yesterday.

The Senator had gone to intimate the minister of the conditions of the roads, which he said were in a terrible state and had become havens for armed robbers and other men of the underworld.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the Senator, Mr Dickson Adeyanju, said the Senator further told the minister that almost on daily basis, people are being robbed of their valuables on those roads as vehicles and other road users have to move at snail speed.

“I also emphasized it to the minister that the movement of goods and services has been greatly hampered along these roads. Even our people, who are mainly into agriculture, can no longer move their goods and services along the roads. It is like attempting a suicide if you go on these roads after 7 p.m.

“While the meeting was going on, the minister called for the files of the roads. After assessing them, he gave a directive that work on them should commence without further delay,” Adeyemi said.

The minister promised that effort would be made to make additional N200 million  available for the Kabba-Ilorin road. He equally directed that the rehabilitation of Ifaki-Omuo road be extended to Kabba.

In the same vein, the minister promised that work on the Iluke-Abugi road, which is being undertaken by FERMA, would be intensified as there is budgetary provision for it in the 2010 budget.

The minister commended the effort of Senator Adeyemi and his commitment towards the welfare of his people and Nigerians in general.

“I salute your courage, your commitment, your passion and your resilience towards making life good and comfortable for your people and Nigerians in general.

“I can assure you that the Federal Government is equally concerned by the poor state of these roads. Let me also assure you that these roads will be put into proper shape and use in the next few months.

The Federal Government is indeed encouraged with the concern of people like you, who want the country to truly work,” the minister told the Senator.


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