Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The Chairman, House of Representatives’ Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Mr. Femi Bamisile, has disclosed that roads across the nation will enjoy massive transformation with the federal government’s approval of N60 billion for rehabilitation in the next dry season.
As the citizens groan under the current hike in petrol pump price and electricity tariff, the lawmaker, representing Ekiti South Federal Constituency II , said President Muhammadu Buhari didn’t approve the policies to inflict pains on Nigerians, but for them to get values for their monies.
However, Bamisile charged the federal government to roll out stimulus and palliative packages to cushion the effects on Nigerians , whom he said have not fully recovered from the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bamisile spoke in Omuo Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti East Local government, on Tuesday, during an empowerment programme he organised for 500 widows to mark his 55th birthday.
The lawmaker also commissioned three ICT and two health centres at Emure and Omuo Ekiti as constituency projects, believing that the gesture would enhance healthcare delivery and education of the youth.
Giving hope that the deplorable states of roads across the country would soon change, Bamisile said: ” I can assure Nigerians that there will be massive rehabilitation across Nigeria soon. A sum of N60 billion has been earmarked by FERMA for the project .
Bamisile stated that eight federal roads out of the 12 in Ekiti are currently being rehabilitated by FERMA and the Federal Ministry of Works.
Describing the hike in petrol price and electricity tariff as tough and painful policies, Bamisile said: “Though difficult, but government knew why it took the action. Nigeria will get better if you pay more for petrol without scarcity and more tariff with improved electricity supply. But stimulus packages must be rolled out to cushion the effects”.
The parliamentarian revealed that a sum of N700 million would be expended on solar power in his federal constituency to boost power supply in the area and improve commercial activities .
Reeling out the benefits inherent in ICT, the All Progressives Congress Chieftain , canvassed for radical digitalisation of education in the country.
“It Is now a global thing. We are looking forward to having a robust digital system that can help our education system. Nobody knew this pandemic will happen. It is now time for us to look deep and think of how to use the ICT to drive our education, create employment, boost business and tackle corruption”.