By Kingsley Okoye, Abuja.
The Senate has urged the Federal Government to allocate part of the service wide vote allocation of N500 billion to Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) for urgent rehabilitation of roads destroyed by flood.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Sen. Bassey Gershom (PDP-Cross River) at plenary on Wednesday.
Presenting the motion, Gershom said that 2022 flood was extraordinary, given the history of flooding in Nigeria.
He noted that the rise in water level was more than the 2012 and 2020 flood incidences in the country.
Gershom said that the flood had further worsened the deplorable state of federal roads in some parts of the country.
He said the call for the funding become became necessary, given the inaccessible nature of some major inter-state roads, as the roads and some bridges had been washed off by the heavy floods.
Gershom stressed that this had created economic and security challenges for Nigerians.
According to him, road transportation is the major means of transportation in Nigeria, given the non-affordability of air transport by most Nigerians.
He said that the movement of commuters during the Yuletide season would be impacted adversely, given the deplorable roads caused by flood.
The Senate, in its resolution, also called for the expansion of the NNPC Ltd Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme to cover maintenance of failed sections of federal roads.