By Ifeoma Ofurum
The Imo State House of Assembly has invited the management of the Federal Emergency Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to its plenary session on Tuesday, Dec. 1, to explain the agency’s plans to repair federal roads in the state which are in poor condition. A motion to this effect was sponsored by Hon. Joy Mbawike, representing Isiala Mbano, and seconded by Hon Ngozi Obiefule, representing Isu.
Presenting the motion on the floor of the house, Hon. Mbawike lamented that the Owerri-Okigwe and the Owerri-Umuahia roads have been in very bad shape.
The lawmaker said that she had written to the FERMA, to no avail, over the nightmare the federal roads in the state had turned to.
She, however, complained that even local government roads are impassable.
Contributing, Hon Luggard Osuji, Majority Leader representing Owerri Municipal, said that this was the best time to fix the roads, now that the rains have ceased.
Hon. Lawrence Duruji, representing Ehime Mbano, described good roads as a right of the citizens rather than a privilege and urged FERMA and other agencies in the state responsible for roads’ repair to sit up.
Hon. Engr. Bruno Ukoha, representing Ezinihitte Mbaise, while condemning the poor condition of the roads, called for urgent attention to legislations regarding the matter.
The House also urged Gov. Rochas Okorocha to intervene.