By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Federal Housing Authority(FHA),has seek the intervention of Federal Roads Maintenance Agency(FERMA), on access roads to federal housing estates in Abuja .
The Managing Director/CEO, FERMA,Engr. Nuruddeen Rafindadi, made the disclosure when the Acting Managing Director, FHA, Umar Gonto, led a delegation of the management staff to FERMA Headquarters on a courtesy call recently in Abuja.
Engr. Rafindadi said that FERMA will continue to partner Federal Housing Authority (FHA) in order to maintain access roads in Federal Housing Estates in Country.
He also stated that FERMA has in the past intervened on roads in Lugbe, Kado and Gwarimpa Estates by maintaining the access roads, thereby alleviating the difficulties the residents of the Estate faced.
He said that the Agency will continue to partner FHA to extend same gesture of maintenance of roads to other FHA Estates and Infrastructure.
The MD however said that,FERMA’s inability to accede to all the request of FHA is because the main mandate of the Agency is on Federal Roads, and that the Agency has the challenge of fund to carry out the expected work. He said, ‘’we have far less fund that we need, and extremely high expectations from the public. Our main mandate is on Federal Roads routine maintenance”, he continued, “but the expectation from the public has gone beyond that, extending to State roads, Federal institutions etc.”
This was contained in a statement signed by Deputy Director /Head (Comm/PR)Maryam Sanusi(Mrs)said the CEO
Congratulated Umar Gonto on his Acting appointment, Saying that partnering FHA was very important as that will be giving solution to the housing challenge the staff of FERMA have been facing.
Earlier,MD, FHA in his speech said the reason for their visit was to thank and convey the appreciation of the residents of the Estates where the Agency had intervened.
Appreciating FERMA ‘Management for the intervention on access roads in the Estates around Abuja, and to synergize the cooperation that have been existing between FERMA and FHA.
He called for the quick intervention of FERMA on roads in FHA, Lugbe extension as the roads are in deplorable conditions.
He further said that FHA was ready to cooperate with FERMA in the provision of housing for the Agency staff. He said, ‘’as you help us to maintain our roads, we would like to partner with you to provide houses for your staff.’’