The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) is to repair 19 road projects under Executive Order 7 in the six geopolitical zones of the country to be undertaken by six leading manufacturing and construction firms.
The Managing Director of FERMA, Mr. Nuruddeen Rafindadi, who disclosed this during a visit by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said that the projects would be located in 11 states of the zones.
Mrs. Maryam Sanusi, the Deputy Director, Communication and Public Relations, FERMA, made this known in a statement in Abuja.
Rafindadi explained that the executive order was designed to develop and deliver Public Private Partnership with notable investment, so as to close road infrastructure gaps.
He added that the visit of JICA was prompt and timely as the President has recently signed the Executive Order (EO) 7 on the Road Infrastructure Refurbishment and Development Tax Credit Scheme.
He said that the Order provides a platform for private companies to undertake the construction and refurbishment of eligible road infrastructure projects.
He said that FERMA was ready to enter into an understanding with JICA in identifying, discussing and proffering solutions to the social-economic challenges on infrastructure.
“Investments in roads have significant potential for the use of resources, create decent jobs, support the economy and strengthen commerce.
“Long lasting impacts such as improved access to goods and services and production contributes to sustainable poverty reduction with obvious economic and social development.
“Any collaboration that will help advance FERMA’s mandate of making roads in Nigeria safe and motorable at all times is welcomed,” he said.
According to the leader of the delegations, Mr. Yasuyuki Tanaki, JICA is a governmental agency that coordinates official development assistance for the government of Japan.
It is charged with assisting economic and social growth in developing countries, and the promotion of international cooperation.
The delegation was made up of representatives of different organisations involved in various endeavors that serve as support service to road maintenance.
According to the delegation, some of their services include; provision of truck scales to solve traffic accident caused by overloaded vehicle.
Others are provision and installation of LED guide on the road, provision of quick-drying asphalt as well as concrete repairing agent to shorten repair time.