REPS NEWS: Reps Move to Ensure Rehabilitation of Bridges without Rail Guards
The House of Representatives recently decried the deplorable state of bridges on the Abuja-Kaduna –Kano road and stressed the need for the urgent reconstruction and rehabilitation of the said bridges without rail guards by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
The state of the bridges was brought to the notice of the House through a Motion by Hon. Abubakar Musa Abubakar (CPC: Soba Federal Constituency, Kaduna State) who expressed worry over the state of the bridges on the Abuja –Kaduna –Kano road while stressing that the bridges had no rail guards.
He pointed out that these bridges had become death traps resulting in reoccurring accidents leading to loss of lives and property especially at night or during the rainy season.
According to statistics provided by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), hundreds of Nigerians die every year due to accidents, and except rail guards are installed, more lives and properties would be lost especially during the end of year festivities which is generally characterized by high vehicular movements, the Lawmaker added.
Despite the re-occurring accidents along the road arising from infrastructural gap, he lamented that the menace was still unaddressed and may indeed be contradicting government’s pronouncements on transformation and good governance.
He further pointed out that if urgent steps were not taken to address the problem, the situation would defeat the purpose of budgetary allocations to the Federal Ministry of Works and its parastatals. He then prayed the House to urge the Ministry of Works to construct as well as rehabilitate rail guards on the bridges.
The Motion was unanimously supported and referred to the Committee on Works for further legislative input in line with the provisions of the Standing Orders of the House.
Source: The Mace