THE Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), has commenced the inspection, assessment and rehabilitation of all federal roads across the South West states.
This was disclosed by the deputy general -manager, Road Maintenance Management Services (RMMS), Mrs Bola Ilemore, while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan, on Wednesday, during a tour of federal roads in the state.
Ilemore, said that the inspection exercise commenced from Lagos State and is expected to provide a platform for maintenance of all federal roads in the region.
She also stated that the Federal Government is determined to improve on the current status of its roads nationwide.
The deputy general manager led a team of other FERMA officials in the inspection of federal roads in Oyo State from old Oyo/ojoo Road in Ibadan through, Ibadan Expressway – Oyo – Iseyin -Ado-Awaye and Maya/Igboora Road.
The officials in the team of engineers who made the tour with Ilemore, include: the zonal coordinator, South West, Mrs Mary Adeniran, representative of FERMA in Oyo State, Francis Ishabiyi, Yemi Olaniyan and Mrs Adunola Bamgbopa Ilemore.
Ilemore said that the aim of the tour is to ensure that the intervention works that had been done before now are sustained, adding that the exercise is also targeted at looking at the federal roads, identifying critical failure areas and make arrangement and recommendation to commence the repairs.
According to her, “We’re also inspecting our repair works and maintenance contracts along with direct labour works to ensure that these works are done in line with our specifications and standards.”
Speaking on their achievements so far, Ilemore said “We actually commenced the exercise in Lagos State. In Lagos, we inspected Lagos-Badagry/Seme border dual carriage way, Apapa/Oworonsoki dual carriage way, Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road, Ikorodu/Itoikin Road and Ikorodu/Sagamu Road.
“In all the roads inspected, our contractors are working while our direct labour work are also in progress and the quality of work done is satisfactory.
“What we saw was in line with our specification and standards and we have looked generally at our drainage network.”
“Then, we proceeded to Ogun State and inspected Agbara/Atan Road, Ota/Abeokuta expressway and moved to Papalanto/Sagamu Road, then to Sagamu/Ajebandele Expressway. There also, work is in progress by our contractors and we have identified critical washout which we’re going to ensure that repairs are done immediately.
“In Oyo State, we started with Oyo/Ibadan old Road and Ibadan/Oyo Expressway. We inspected a critical washout at Ojoo on the Ibadan – Oyo old alignment and have identified the problems and we have also come up with solutions. In no time, we will commence repair work of that failed section.” Ilemore said.