Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has described most federal roads in the South-South and South-East geo-political zones as death traps, calling on the federal government to declare a state of emergency on them.
He has also made a case for the FG to grant concessionary right to foreign investors to participate in the rehabilitation of some roads in the country.
Emmanuel, who made the call while exchanging views with members of the Senate Committee on Works who called on him in Uyo at the weekend, said their involvement had become necessary as government alone could no longer bear the burden of road maintenance due to the level of dilapidation witnessed on road infrastructure across the country.
Such dilapidation, the governor noted, had become very severe in the South-South and South-East states and had been made worse with increased erosion menace on the roads.
“In view of the present global economic recession, Nigeria is confronted with the urgent need to partner the private sector and developed world in roads construction with the understanding that they get returns on their investment over a period of time.
“This measure is a dynamic economic approach where countries partner investors to address issues on mutual benefit where such countries lack the resources to tackle its problems,” he reasoned.
Emmanuel cited the road from Abia through Akwa Ibom to Cross River States which has been in a deplorable condition for many decades now and adversely affecting the economic life of the people of those states and other parts of the country.
He particularly drew attention of the committee to the threat of gully erosion on the Calabar-Itu highway, School of Nursing, Annua, University of Uyo, communities in Oron, Obot Akara, Itu, Ini, Uruan and other places where the menace requires urgent attention.
He said his administration had taken bold steps to rehabilitate some of the routes ravaged by erosion to ensure that areas affected were made habitable for the people and therefore appealed for the refund of expenses incurred in the rehabilitation of roads, as such refunds would facilitate intervention in other areas for the benefit of the citizens.
Earlier, chairman of the Senate Committee on Works, Senator Barnabas Gemade said they were in the state to access the extent of environmental degradation as part of their oversight function as a sensitive and responsive legislature.
Gamade, who said that the committee would tour erosion sites, collate data and make recommendations for urgent intervention, commended the state government for the intervention measure on some of the ecological disasters and urged other states to take a cue from the state.

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