Governor Samuel Ortom has appealed to the Federal Government to five special attention to all federal roads in the state.
He made the appeal today at the Benue Peoples House during a courtesy call on him by the Honourable Minister of State for Works, Transport and Energy, Surveyor Suleiman Hassan Zarma.
The Governor decried the deplorable state of most of the federal roads in the state and appealed for the rehabilitation of such roads as well as construction of bridges where necessary for ease of transportation.
He mentioned the Abinsi -Agasha -Anyiin -Wukari, Makurdi – Gboko-Katsina-Ala, Makurdi-Otukpo – Nightmile as well as Makurdi – Naka -Ankpa in Kogi as those that needed urgent attention for easy security access and ease of doing business.
While appreciating the renewed vigour with which the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA was working on some roads in the state, Governor Ortom called for strict supervision of federal projects in the state to ensure execution according to specifications.
Governor Ortom told the delegation that all issues regarding compensation on the land for the ongoing construction of a Federal Housing Estate in Makurdi would speedily be looked into, adding that additional land would be provided for then phase two of the project and mass housing estate for low income earners.
In his earlier remarks, Minister of State for Works, Transport and Energy, Surveyor Hassan Zarma said he was in the state to inspect ongoing projects under the purview of the ministry.
He expressed hope that when completed, the projects would boost economic activities in the state, even as he described Benue as strategic as it links the Northern part of Nigeria to the South.
Surveyor Zarma requested for more land to carry out phase II of the Federal Government Housing project in the state and resolution of compensation issues relating to the phase I.
He also appealed to the state government to wade into the illegal construction of houses in Otukpo to enable expansion and construction of township roads there.