By Musa Adamu and Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Niger State caucus of both houses of the National Assembly have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on the Federal Roads in the state.
The lawmakers, who briefed the press yesterday said although a total of 33 trunk A roads in the state were in bad shape, they specifically called on the President to declare a state of emergency on three roads.
According to Sen Aliyu Abdullahi Sabi who briefed the press on behalf of two other Senators and 13 members of the House of Representatives, there is need to quickly arrest the drift by declaring a state of emergency on Minna-Suleija, Mokwa-Kaduna and Bida-Lambata roads.
The Lawmakers said by the geographical position of the state, it naturally witnessed huge volume of vehicular movements from North to the South and vice versa.
Painting the deplorable state of the federal roads in the state, they said it was now commonplace for vehicles to spend three days on roads that should not have taken more than three hours.
They accused most articulated vehicles, also known as trailers, for worsening the situation of the roads by taking three times more than their carrying capacity.
They called on the Federal Ministry of Works espidite action on its resolve to mount weight bridge to check the attitudes of the erring trucks.
They further called the Federal Raoad Safety Commission (FRSC) to take its job of safety enforcement serious.
The lawmakers said it was important for the federal government to quickly address the condition of the roads in order to arrest the security challenge that the situation was fast turning into.
It would be recalled that two days ago some indigenes of this state barricaded the major roads into the state in protest to show their displeasure at the state of the roads.