Senate seeks N300bn intervention fund to fix Niger roads


The Senate has urged the federal government to provide emergency intervention fund to the tune of N300 billion to fix critical roads in Niger State.

The Senate also called on the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to release funds for emergency of repair of bad roads and bridges nationwide.

The upper chamber added that the state links the economic corridors in the North and South, hence the need for the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on major highways in the state.

It said the intervention would facilitate the infrastructure rehabilitation efforts of government to support ease of business and economic recovery.

These followed two motions bySenator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi and Senator Lekan Mustapha on the state of federal roads across the country.

Senator Abdullahi called the attention of his colleagues to the blockade on critical roads in Niger State by truck drivers, protesting deplorable condition of the roads, which they said had resulted in loss of lives and goods worth millions of Naira.

He added that the only major motorable road in the state has been under intense pressure and may not last beyond two years if other critical roads were not fixed urgently.

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