Reps replace FERMA with new agency, seek funding

The House of Representatives has passed a bill scrapping the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and replaced it with a Federal Road Authority charged with the rehabilitation and maintenance of all federal roads across the country. The House also moved to establish a National Roads Fund to generate funds for the maintenance of all federal roads with a view to ensuring motorable roads across the country and take such burden away from government.

The two bills which were initially passed by the last Assembly, but didn’t get the required presidential assent to make them operational, form part of the last legislative activities before the adjourning for the Christmas break. While the National Roads Fund (Establishment) Bill, 2019 was sponsored by Hon. Toby Okechuku, the Federal Road Authority establishment bill which repealed the FERMA establishment bill was sponsored by Okechukwu and Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai.

The National Road Fund bill seeks to establish a National Roads Fund…

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