The North East Governors Forum has lamented the deplorable state of federal roads across the region, saying poor road network is fueling insecurity in the region.
The forum in a communique issued after its 9th meeting in Yola, Adamawa State, observed that federal roads between and within the states have been neglected, thus incurring hardship to the people of the region.
They noted the contractual impediment on some of the bad federal roads, saying it is a major setback to the infrastructural development of the region.
The forum, however, urged the Federal Ministry of Works to follow through the road contracts awarded in the region.
“Forum is continuously disturbed about the poor infrastructural base of the region. More concerned that the Federal roads within & between the states in the region have been neglected. It thus, calls on the Federal Ministry of Works to follow through with road contracts awarded in the region. The poor road network is fuelling insecurity & stalling development & making life more difficult for our people in the region.
“Forum notes that the contractual encumbrances on some of the bad federal roads within and between the States are major setbacks to the infrastructural development of the region. It calls on the NEDC to work with State Governments and the Federal Ministry of Works to remove the encumbrances & find more practical ways to intervene on these roads,” the communique partly read.
The governors also noted with concern, the poor energy situation in the region and resolved to work with a Chinese power firm, Shanghai Electric to construct either a 60 MW Coal Power Plant or a 50 MW Solar Power Plant in each state of the region.
It also expressed concern about the poor rail system in the region, saying the repairs on the old gauge rail lines are not useful and sustainable technology. It called for the inclusion of the region into the Nigerian National Railway Transport Plan using the Modern Guage rail and the National Road plan that the “region is conspicuously missing.”