Many travellers were left frustrated on Friday after spending hours on the 30-kilometre Igede-Aramoko-Efon Road in Ekiti State.
The PUNCH reports that the poor state of the federal roads in Ekiti extended beyond Igede-Aramoko-Efon.
It said the influx of trucks compounded the gridlock already caused by the deplorable state of the roads which extended to Ado-Ilawe-Igbara-Oke and Ado-Ikere-Akure roads.
The state and federal roads in the state which are major routes for North and South-bound trucks in recent times have become death traps and kidnapping zones.
Speaking on the condition of the road which is begging for the government intervention, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency, Femi Bamisile, said that almost N500bn have been released towards the construction and maintenance of the roads.
However, Bamisile noted that the N460bn budgeted for construction and maintenance of federal roads in the 2021 budget and the N30bn allocated to FERMA have not been having positive effects on Nigerian roads.
Bamisile said, “I have moved round Ekiti and what I saw are disturbing. This situation is unfortunate and we have to find solutions to it.
“We learnt that a bridge got cut off at Jebba and these heavy trucks from the North and South now find Ekiti as the most convenient place to ply and that has further caused serious damage to both federal and state roads.”
He added, “The Federal Ministry of Works got N460bn in the 2021 budget and N30bn was allotted to FERMA. This is too small for a body saddled with the maintenance and rehabilitation of roads across Nigeria.
“Nigerians cannot be treated this way. There should be a serious reform in the way our federal roads are being maintained. Let all the monies being allocated be structured accordingly, so that Nigerians can be rescued from this mess.”