David Umahi, the Minister of Works, said the Federal Government needs an estimated N18.6 trillion to address the road sector in Nigeria over the next four years.
Umahi revealed this on Wednesday at the budget defence hearing for a N2.1 trillion supplemental budget, which was called by the Hon. Abubakar Bichi-led House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations.
His words: “On the whole, to address our road sector for the next four years, we would be needing about N18.6 trillion and so the National Assembly must have to wear its thinking cap on how we can address seriously our road sector.
“I also appeal to the National Assembly that the Executive to respect your motions on certain interventions. We must have a contingency fund.
“When you ask me to go and intervene on certain roads which have collapsed, and I have to liken the situation to a man on life support. The man needs immediate attention. Where there is an emergency, the road is cut and the people are suffering, movement is stopped, it needs an emergency.
“So, we appeal for contingency to respect your directives on fixing emergency situations.”
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