House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to appropriate adequate funds in the 2016 Budget for the dualisation of the 9th Mile Corner-Obollo-Afor-Makurdi road.
The lawmakers said the road was important because it links the South-East and North-Central geopolitical zones of the country.
It, therefore, mandated its Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA to ensure that the agency carries out urgent rehabilitation works on the failed portions of the road pending its dualisation.
The House also mandated the Committee on legislative compliance to monitor compliance to the resolution.
The resolution was sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Amadi Dennis Oguerinwa (PDP, Enugu) on the matter on the floor of the House.
In his lead debate, Oguerinwa noted that the road which links the North- Central and South-East regions of the country had been in sordid state due to presence of heavy trailers and trucks conveying goods from Aba and Onitsha in the South-East to the northern part of the country.
The lawmaker observed that the influx of many industries such as breweries at the 9th Mile Corner axis of the single lane road had become a source of worry.
He decried the sordid state of the road due to insensitivity by previous administrations in the country and urged the House to intervene with a view to ameliorating the sufferings of road users.
Meanwhile, the lower chamber has urged the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA to urgently undertake repairs on the damaged portions of the Makurdi-Gboko-Katsina Ala road, and erect road signs at dangerous curves and bends.
It further urged the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC to ensure that trucks parked around the Dangote Cement Company site adhere to strict parking laws. The FRSC should also enforce speed limits to reduce the rate of accidents on the road.
Sponsor of the motion, Hon. Dickson Tarkighir (APC, Benue) had told the House that the 110kms road linking Makurdi to Katsina Ala local government area traversing Guma, Tarka, Gboko and Buruku local government area was a busy route for access to several parts of the country.
The legislator, however, noted that the road had become a death trap, claiming many lives due to its deplorable state with potholes dotting the stretches.
He regretted the inability of the state government to rehabilitate the federal road given the limited available resources.
The lawmaker further expressed worries that poor parking arrangement, especially around the Dangote Cement Company site had led to incursions into the road as heavy-duty trucks park indiscriminately on the failed portions of the road.
Adopting the prayers of the motion, the House decried the deplorable condition of the road, urging FERMA to install speed breakers at necessary points as a warning sign to road users.
The Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara who presided over the session, referred the motion to the House Committees on Works, FERMA and Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC for further legislative action.