The House of Representatives Committee on Works has attributed the delay in execution of federal roads in the South East to poor funding. Chairman, House Committee on Works, Toby Okechukwu, spoke in Enugu on Thursday after a two-day inspection of Federal Road projects in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States.
Okechukwu, who described the roads as “inhuman and against economic development”, blamed the Federal Ministries of Finance and Works for the delay to release funds for the projects. He said that the legislature had done its part to appropriate funds for the road projects and wondered why funds had not been released to complete the projects.
The lawmaker decried the deplorable condition of Enugu-Onitsha expressway, 9th Mile-Orokam Road, noting that if they were not tackled urgently, they might cause serious mayhem for Nigerians using them.
He, however, appealed for palliatives to make the roads passable during the Yuletide and promised that the committee would do its possible best to work for the activation of the contract fee to enable them complete the job.