Sequel to a motion brought to the floor during plenary on Tuesday by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (Niger North), the Senate urged the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, consider an Emergency Intervention Fund of about N300bn for critical roads in Niger State.
It said 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.
“Recall that Niger State has the longest federal road network of 2,263km out of a total of 32,000km of national federal roads network”, Abdullahi said.
He further stated that the federal roads in Niger state stretched from the Abuja – Kaduna end to the Jebba – Mokwa – Makera – Tegina – Birnin Gwarimpa – Kaduna road to the Mokwa – New Bussa – Agwara – Kigera end which lies to the border with the republic of Benin.
It was also noted that these are critical linkage roads within Niger state that provide logistical and vehicular movements between the North and South; especially the South West and North West Corridors.
The upper chamber said the intervention would facilitate the infrastructure rehabilitation efforts of government to support ease of business and economic recovery.
The resolution was adopted just as Senators bemoaned the deplorable state of critical roads across the country.