In a bid to facilitate rehabilitate of bad portions on the nation’s roads, the federal government has begun road repairs at nights to avoid traffic congestions associated with day-time repair of roads.
The Federal Emergency Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) Federal Road Maintenance Engineer in charge of the FCT, Ambrose Omame, made this known while speaking with journalists in Abuja.
Omame, who led a team of engineers and other staff of FERMA to repair failed portions of the Abuja-Keffi Road, said the decision to work at night was taken by the Managing Director of FERMA, in his determination to ensure that roads across the federation were motorable at all times.
He noted that FERMA would continue to fix failed portions on the Abuja-Keffi Road until when the Federal Ministry of Works carries out the planned holistic expansion of the already congested dual carriageway.
He commended the Guards Brigade unit of the Nigerian Army for providing adequate security for the team as well as officers and men of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) for controlling traffic flow.
Omame identified major logistic challenge associated with late night rehabilitation of roads as lighting, explaining that the workers needed to see clearly while working.
He said the portions of the road rehabilitated included a long stretch at the popular Sharp Corner, just opposition The Young Shall Grow Motors, and the failed portions between the Nyanya interchange and the popular MOPOL Junction.
The FCT FERMA team, he said, had earlier worked on the Kugbo Slope, between Mogadishu Barracks and Karu Overhead Bridge, adding that the team had also cleaned blocked drainages along the route and appealed to residents to desist from dumping refuse in drains.