The House of Representatives has asked the Federal Government to make provision for the rehabilitation of the dilapidated Lokoja-Okene-Auchi Road.

The call was made at the plenary on Wednesday after the House adopted a motion moved by Mr Yusuf Tijani, entitled, ‘Urgent Need to Rehabilitate the Lokoja-Okene-Auchi Road.’

Granting prayers of the motion, the lawmakers unanimously resolved to urge the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to “include the rehabilitation of the road in the 2019 budget proposal.

They also mandated the Committee on Works to ensure compliance.

Moving the motion, Tijani said, “The Lokoja-Okene-Auchi road is the major link between the Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria, connecting seven states in the country, and is also the gateway to the Ajaokuta Steel Company as well as the Itakpe Iron Ore Mining Company of Nigeria.

“The Road has been left to deteriorate for a long time without any form of maintenance or rehabilitation. For over a decade, the road had always been listed among the capital projects in the national budgets but has never received significant attention from successive governments.”

The lawmaker cited the instances of how Abuja and Lagos bound travellers spent about three days on the road, occasioned by traffic gridlock as all the alternative routes were congested and completely blocked.

“The House is desirous of the need to ensure that the vital link road is rehabilitated to ease the sufferings of commuters,” he stated.

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