FG Inaugurates Special Task Force On North-East Roads

Bauchi State Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar
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From Joy Abel, Bauchi
The Federal Government has inaugurated a special task force committee on north-east road rehabilitation and maintenance project.
The committee, which comprises the Executive Director, Roads Maintenance Management Services, Zonal Coordinators of north-east, Federal Road Management engineers and Zonal FERMA Secretary, was inaugurated by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works Dauda Kigbu, at the FERMA Zonal Headquarters in Bauchi .
While inaugurating it, Kigbu said the main objective of setting up the task force committee on road rehabilitation and maintenance was to complement governments efforts in fixing major infrastructure in the north-east in order to enable free movement of people, goods and services.
The permanent secretary said: “The north-east in particularly has been engulfed in serious insecurity challenges and it has impacted on some infrastructure. Our contribution as the federal government is to restore modern infrastructure and facilities in the region that has been affected as a result of insecurity.
“The six states of Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and Jigawa in the north-east have been selected for this intervention. Part of the intervention is to minimise total collapse of roads in the north-east, minimise cost implication and ensure that economic activities in the region is not grounded”
He charged members of the task committee to see the job as service to the nation and urged them to be prudent in the discharge of their responsibilities.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of FERMA, Mr. Gabriel Amuchi, said the committee has been working hard in recent times to recover many washed out road locations, eroded areas, patch potholes and maintain accessible areas to promote economic activities in the north-east.
He said that the ongoing rehabilitation and maintenance work on federal roads was to forestall a total breakdown of infrastructure in the north-east that would cost the government a lot of money to replace.

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