WorldStage Newsonline-- The Federal Government of Nigeria has raised of reimbursing states governments for verified claims on rehabilitating and reconstructing federal roads.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola said in Cross River State while inspecting federal roads that the Federal Government was planning to raise a bond to offset the debts.
He said the Federal Government was mindful of its obligations and desirous of discharging them.
Fashola, who visited the deputy governor, Prof Ivara Esu, said the Ministry had assessed claims by the states for reimbursement and forwarded them to the Presidency.
He said this was a matter that had agitated the governor’s forum, and they would ensure it is addressed.
Fashola said the inspection and eventual reconstruction of roads was in fulfillment of the implementation of the 2016 budget.
Federal Controller of Works in Cross River State, Chinwoba Agbana, said the Calabar-Itu-Ikot Ekepene-Aba road was under procurement and reconstruction of the road would begin soon.
He said four project contractors have been mobilized to site across the state for various road projects, particularly, the Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja-Obudu axis.
The deputy governor said about 80 percent of roads in the state were federal roads mostly in deplorable conditions and was not aware that there were four contractors working on federal roads in the state.
He expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for the rehabilitation of the Calabar-Itu Road, which had alleviated the sufferings of travellers, but said a lot more still needs to be done.