Former Senate Leader and Senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, has commended the Federal Government decision to hand over the reconstruction of Biu-Gombe road and 20 other federal highways to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had at its weekly virtual meeting, on Wednesday, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo given the NNPC the go-ahead to reconstruct and repair the 21 roads.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who briefed State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting further disclosed that the roads totalling 1804.6 kilometres are spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army described the Federal Government initiative as heartwarming, considering the current condition of the federal roads which he described as appalling.
He said the Biu-Gombe road is one of the benefitting highways adding that work should begin in earnest on the road projects so that they can be completed in record time.
He said: “The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has given the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) the approval to deploy some of its tax liabilities to 21 road projects across the six geo-political zones.
“In the North-East, it is the Cham-Numan, Bali-Serti and Gombe-Biu Roads.
“With this development, there is renewed hope that the road will be completed expeditiously.”
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