Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has requested a road maintenance plan that would better preserve the condition and life span of Nigerian roads. His comments came after visiting the site of the collapsed bridge between the New Artisan flyover and NNPC Mega Station on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, noting that the current model has been inadequate and completely unsuccessful.
At the scene Mbah thanked God that no life was lost despite the magnitude of the incident and urged the federal government to consider a concession of all the federal roads in each state to the state governments for proper maintenance in conjunction with the private sector.
“I think the question should be whether the current model of federal road maintenance is working or not; and I think that is the bigger question that we must ask.
“Today, we are here witnessing a tragedy that has just occurred. We are fortunate enough that no life was lost, but this could have been prevented entirely. So, the people can no longer ply this route because of this tragedy. This shows clearly that we do not have a sound federal road maintenance model.
“The bridge collapse didn’t just happen. These threats could have been identified if we had routine or regular maintenance.
“Perhaps the way to go is to find a way to concession these roads to the states. The states need to take charge of the roads within their domains and there has to be a conversation around the funding models”.