By: Bamidele Fashube
FOLLOWING flood impacts on some major highways, the Federal Government has called for an immediate repair of some impaired road corridors.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday, announced the immediate emergency repairs on failed sections would occur in five states across the country.
In a statement issued by the ministry’s Director, Press and Public Relations, Boade Akinola, Abuja, the highways for immediate intervention include Ibadan – Ife road, Gombe – Bauchi road, Gombe – Darazo; Bauchi – Ningi, Bida – Lambata, and Tsamiya bridge in Jigawa State.
The country had witnessed more precipitation in recent times, an incident that had caused heavy flooding, displacement of farmland and home settlements.
In August, at least six federal roads were washed off, just in Bauchi state. Some passengers plying the Bauchi-Kano highway were left stranded following a downpour that lasted several hours in Ningi Local Government of the state.
The destruction of road networks during annual flooding incidents have also become a reoccurring phenomenon.
Fashola, who restated his commitment to infrastructure development assured the ministry’s willingness to promptly respond to public complaints on other similar incidents.
The Minister, however, called for patience from the commuters as the excessive downpour has a negative effect on road construction and rehabilitation.