FERMA Seeks Alternative Means Of Funding

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In Nigeria
Mar 14th, 2014
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GabrielAmuchi-MD-FERMAThe management of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has highlighted the need for alternative means of funding for the agency apart from budgetary allocations.

The Managing Director of the Agency, Mr Gabriel Amuchi, made this appeal to the House Committee on FERMA during its budget defence session in the National Assembly on Friday.

He pointed out that road maintenance agencies all over the world do not rely solely on government for funding and urged the lawmakers to help in following up with the implementation of the existing provision on five per cent user charge.

He said: “Probably because the roads are getting better, the funding is reducing but I want to quickly say that the level of repairs and maintenance of our roads have not reached the level where funding should begin to reduce.

“What FERMA has been doing is intervention on emergency locations and that is why you hear a lot of people say that project is 100 per cent whereas there are still failures on the road.

“If we want to get to the level where we will begin to do strictly routine maintenance, we would have given most of these old pavements resurfacing and strengthen”.

Mr Amuchi explained that the agency was still at the level where it needed funds to strengthen the road and increase the safety of road users before such funding reductions should be considered.

“We all know that in all areas of road maintenance in the world, you never depend solely on budgetary appropriation for effective maintenance of roads,” the FERMA boss said.

He also appealed to the lawmakers to continue to look at the need to follow up on the implementation of the existing position for five per cent user charge to improve on the agency’s funding.

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