By Favour Nnabugwu
THe Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA recently celebrated 17 of its staff members who distinguished themselves in the course of duty. The assessment leading to the awards were made between 2011 and 2013, with awardees cutting across all grade levels and cadre.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Senator Ayogu Eze admonished those who were honoured to show more commitment while those yet to be recognized should not lose hope. He also said the impact of FERMA on government’s effort to improve Federal roads nationwide has been felt and applauded by all members of the public.
Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji said he was happy to be associated with FERMA and the roads sector generally, as the immediate past Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Works. With FERMA’s achievements on the road, he said, the notion that civil servants don’t contribute much to economic growth has been effectively proved wrong.
On his part, Chairman FERMA Governing Board, Ezekiel O. Adeniji, said his board is lucky to have a competent and committed management team as well as a conducive policy environment and good will from the Goodluck Jonathan administration, which was determined to turn around the fortunes of the Federal road network.
FERMA Managing Director/CEO, Gabriel Amuchi, an engineer, thanked the awardees and other staff for making contributions that enabled the Agency to discharge its mandate to Nigerians through effective maintenance of Federal roads.
The Agency, he posited, has reduced the stock of poor and bad roads on the Federal road network from 85 percent in 2003 when FERMA commenced operation to about 26 percent in 2013. He said FERMA is better positioned and resolved in its commitment to improving Nigeria’s Federal road network, with the acquisition of necessary machinery as well as employment and training of more staff. He also said staff welfare is being improved by the current management.