Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA, has said that its interventionist work on federal roads in the country is being limited by inadequate funding.
It, however, assured motorists plying federal roads in Akwa Ibom State of improved condition of roads in line with the federal government’s commitment in making its roads safe across the country.
FERMA South-South zonal coordinator, Mr Young Harry gave this assurance while speaking to journalists after inspecting ongoing rehabilitation works along Calaba-Itu Road yesterday.
According to Harry, government commitment to zero potholes on its roads is irrevocable, calling on motorists plying this busy route to bear with the agency as every effort is being put to remove potholes.
The coordinator assured that the affected roads of Ikot Ekpene-Itu-Cross River State boarder and the Eket-Ikot Abasi roads would soon wear a new look when remedial works on them were completed.
“The activities being carried out include patching of potholes, desilting of silted concrete lined drains, filling of failed sections with boulders and reinstatement of embankment washout,”he said.
The Calabar-Itu road constructed in the 70s, he noted needed total rehabilitation, adding however that in line with FERMA’s mandate, they would ensure that they intervene to make the road motorable to road users.
He explained that as an interventionist agency, where any portion of the road is completely bad, the attention of the Federal Ministry of Works would be drawn to it.