THE management team of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency led by Director of Public Works, Mr. Godson Amos, has inspected failed federal roads in Imo State.
The exercise was part of the establishment’s routine check to assess the progress made so far in road repair along critical routes and assess the condition of the roads generally with a view to tackling failures once the rains subside.
Amos frowned on the condition of roads at Awo-Idemili along Orlu-Ihiala road, attributing the cause of the failures to lack of drainage system.
He said Ihiala to Awo-Idemili was in good shape and promised that FERMA would raise the alignment and provide quality drainage system on the critical point at Awo-Idemili as the rains stopped.
He also suggested the construction of catchment pit but offered that for it to work effectively, people from the area should be involved in de-silting of drains.
“This would make the drains functional, thereby making the roads safer,” the FERMA director said.
Amos stated that apart from major federal roads, FERMA was also poised to maintain secondary roads in the country.
He blamed community members for not taken care of the minor drainage system around their area.
“I say this because when the drainage is silted up, water will not flow, thereby making the flood to wash out the road. However, every community is part of the owners of the road that passes the area.
“The road that passed here is the community’s and as it belongs to the community. So communities should take care of roads that passed their area. It is very painful that people don’t take care of the roads that are in their area,” Amos added.
The FERMA Zonal Coordinator, South East 1, Mr. Rufus Onimisi, said rain was the major cause of road washouts. But he said despite the rains, FERMA would make the roads passable.
“Patching of roads is what we are doing now. But once the rains stop, major work on the roads will start,” Onimisi said.
He commended Imo FERMA headed by Engr. Chukwuemeka Maduagwu for the repair works done, describing them as proactive.