The Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, has applauded Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) for the wonderful maintenance works it has done and still doing in Nasarawa State.
The Governor gave this applause when he paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director of FERMA, Engr. Nuruddeen A. Rafindadi, FNSE, in his office in Abuja.
His Excellency, the Governor of Nasarawa State said the intervention of FERMA in the maintenance of roads in the State has brought succor to the roads users and has drastically eased the flow of traffic, while improving economic activities.
Engr. Abdullahi said “the purpose of my visit is to thank and appreciate FERMA and to see the faces of the team that has been doing so wonderfully in the maintenance of roads in Nasarawa State.”
Some of the roads where FERMA has intervened include, but not limited to Direct Labour Patching of Potholes and Repairs of Failed Sections Between (CH.0+000 – CH.68+000) along Keffi – Akwanga and (CH.0+000 – CH.32+000) along Akwanga – Andaha – Kaduna S/B Road; Reinstatement of Washout and Construction of Triple Cell Pipe Culvert at CH.2+400 along Keffi – Total Filling Station – Police Station – Inner Roundabout – Old Nasarawa Bye-Pass; Direct Labour Patching of Potholes and Repairs of Failed Sections Between (CH.0+000 – CH.105+000) along Akwanga – Lafia – Benue S/B Road; Direct Labour Reinstatement of Washout and Construction of Concrete Lined Drains at CH.9+800 – CH.9+915 Along Lafia – Akwanga Road.
Others are General Maintenance of Gauta/Nike Road, Keffi; Rehabilitation of Nasarawa Eggon – Mada Station Access Road; Provision of Road Marking along Akwanga – Andaha – Kaduna S/B Road (CH.O+000 – CH.8+000); General Maintenance and Pavement Strengthening (Overlay) of Lafia – Shendam Road between KM.0+000 – KM.9+900 (Route No. 55); General Maintenance/Pavement Strengthening of Keffi-Gitata-Kaduna S/B Road (CH.0+000-CH.53+000) Route No.346; General Maintenance/Pavement Strengthening along Keffi-Nasarawa Road, Route No. 346; and the General Repairs Between (CH.9+950 – CH.29+000) along Lafia – Shendam – Plateau State Border Road, Route No. 55.
The Managing Director, FERMA, Engr. Nuruddeen A. Rafindadi, FNSE, in his response appreciated the Governor and his entourage for deeming it fit to visit FERMA. He said FERMA is the one and only Agency in Nigeria that is saddled with the responsibility of maintaining Federal Roads in the country.
Rafindadi said maintaining Federal Roads is FERMA’s stock-in-trade, and so have we impacted other parts of Nigeria as much as it has impacted Nasarawa State. He added that Nasarawa State is on FERMA priority list as the State houses many workers in Federal Capital Territory.
Encouraging the Governor of Nasarawa State to create a State Road Agency, the MD assures the Governor of the continuous support of FERMA on the great and good works the State Governor is doing, which is adding value to the wellbeing of FCT. He said, ‘’The importance of a State Road Agency cannot be overemphasized, and FERMA’s partnership with the Agency will impact the people of Nasarawa State favourably in safety, economic and so on.
The MD added that the visit of the Governor has further cemented and consolidated the good relationship between Nasarawa State government and FERMA.
The Governor further used the occasion to present an award to the MD/CEO on behalf of the good people of Nasarawa State to appreciate the good work of the Agency in the State.
On the entourage of the Governor were Yakubu Lamai, the Director General, Strategic Communication and Press Affairs, Yusuf Jubril Maianguwa, Senior Special Assistant, Abuja Liaison and the Director Protocol, Ismael Mohammed.