FEC asks states to take over fed­eral roads

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

The Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil (FEC) has ap­pealed to states to take over the re­pair and main­te­nance of fed­eral roads to re­duce the bur­den on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

The coun­cil made the ap­peal yes­ter­day dur­ing a two-hour meet­ing presided over by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

It said states that could af­ford to take over fed­eral high­ways should do so as quickly as pos­si­ble so that the roads do de­te­ri­o­rate fur­ther.

Brief­ing State House cor­re­spon­dents, Women Af­fairs Min­is­ter, Aisha Al­has­san, said the FEC ap­proved a memo pre­sented by the Min­is­ter of Power, Works, Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment, Ba­batunde Fashola, for the re-des­ig­na­tion of two roads in Kaduna State for trans­fer from the fed­eral to state gov­ern­ment as re­quested by Gov­er­nor Nasir El-Ru­fai.

Al­has­san said El-Ru­fai had sent a re­quest to Pres­i­dent Buhari to re­des­ig­nate the Nnamdi Azikwe and the Ah­madu Bello Ex­press­ways in Kaduna as state roads so that the state gov­ern­ment would have the power, with­out any in­hi­bi­tion, to work on the roads to make them bet­ter for Kaduna in­di­genes.

The min­is­ter noted that the coun­cil was very pleased with El-Ru­fai’s re­quest be­cause or­di­nar­ily, other state gov­er­nors should have re­quested for per­mis­sion to re­pair and be re­im­bursed.

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