By Tunde Uchegbuo
The senator representing Rivers South-East senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for releasing funds to the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) for the maintenance and repair of federal roads across the country.
Abe, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on FERMA, made the commendation shortly after inspecting repair works on Ayam/ Obuku/ Umuosi/Obeaku and Mgboji roads in Oyigbo local government area of Rivers State.
In a release by his spokesperson, Parry Saroh Benson, the senator affirmed that more roads would receive the attention of FERMA as funds have been made available towards making roads in the country safer and conducive for motorists.
The senator further stated that FERMA as an interventionist agency would continue to deliver quality roads that would improve the lives of people.
He said, “Personally, I am grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari and the management of Federal Road Maintenance Agency and other stakeholders who have made this possible for the people of this local government to be remembered at this time and to improve the quality of their own lives.
“The whole thing about government is that government is about the people. So when we continue to create distractions that keep people in bondage, it does not help the country. The important thing is that wherever we can intervene to make life livable for Nigerians we should do so and we should do so as quickly as possible.
“So for me, am just full of gratitude and I just want to encourage FERMA because this didn’t happen here alone, it happened in several places across this country where people could not move and FERMA intervened to make it possible for Nigerians to continue to move.
“And more of that is going to happen in the weeks ahead because the president has authorised the release of funds to FERMA. They are already on -going projects, maintaining federal roads across the country will resume in the next couple of weeks.”
Meanwhile, the Senator has said the visit of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye to Ogoni would restore peace and bring prosperity to the people.
Abe said this while speaking at the Ogoni Gospel Crusade, held in Bori, headquarters of Khana local government area of the state, and expressed hope that the land which has suffered years of neglect and under development would begin to experience development and transformation.
He urged the political class in Ogoni to complement efforts made by spiritual leaders in ensuring lasting peace in the area, as he noted that the prayers and supplications of christain leaders is crucial in the socio-economic development of the oil rich area.
He noted that with the collective desire to seek peace through God’s intervention in the area, it would be easier to preach peace because it is already what the people want.