Minister of Works David Umahi says the government needs about N18.6 trillion in the next four years to fix road problems in Nigeria, News About Nigeria reports.
Umahi said this on Wednesday during the budget defence for a supplementary budget of N2.1 trillion, which was held at the request of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, chaired by Hon. Abubakar Bichi.
According to the Minister, members of the National Assembly should wear their “thinking hat” in order to quickly solve the country’s problems.
His words: “On the whole, to address our road sector for the next four years, we would be needing about N18.6 trillion and so the National Assembly must have to wear its thinking cap on how we can address seriously our road sector.
“I also appeal to the National Assembly that the Executive to respect your motions on certain interventions. We must have a contingency fund.
“When you ask me to go and intervene on certain roads which have collapsed, and I have to liken the situation to a man on life support. The man needs immediate attention. Where there is an emergency, the road is cut and the people are suffering, movement is stopped; it needs an emergency.
“So, we appeal for contingency to respect your directives on fixing emergency situations.”
Recall that President Bola Tinubu had presented the supplementary budget to both chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives.
The Senate and the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, passed the second reading for the approval of the N2.1 trillion supplementary appropriation bill as requested by President Bola Tinubu.