Kogi Assembly calls on FG to repair Felele Axis of Abuja – Lokoja Highway, moves to reposition fire fighter station in Lokoja
The Kogi State House of Assembly has called on the Federal Government as a matter of urgent public importance to repair the Felele axis of the Abuja – Lokoja Highway to avert future occurrence of the deadly accident that claimed the lives of over 30 residents of the state.
This was contained in a motion of urgent Public Importance moved by the Deputy Speaker and member representing Ankpa 1 State Constituency, Rt Hon Ahmed Mohammed calling on the Federal Government to repair the bad portions on Felele axis of the highway and also to asked the Federal Fire Service and Kogi State Government to equip the Lokoja station fire service to handle any eventuality.
He said the motion was necessitated by the ugly incident that claimed the lives of over 30 persons including school children during an accident that involved a petrol tanker due to brake failure and others which resulted in the tragedy.
According to him, within a space of two days another calamity also befell a multi-million naira Electronic Shop in Lokoja which was gutted by fire destroying the entire property in a midnight fire outbreak, hence it is expedient for the Assembly to add its voice in urging the appropriate authority to do the needful for the benefit of the people.
He commended Governor Yahaya Bello for his prompt action of visiting the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing in Abuja, Barrister Babatunde Fashola on the very day, the accident occurred in Lokoja to solicit for the attention of the Federal Government on all federal roads in Kogi State.
All members who spoke were in support of the motion and commended the mover of the motion, stressing that it is timely for the Assembly to call on the appropriate authority to act accordingly to save lives and properties of the people.
Ruling on the motion, the Speaker, Rt. Hon Matthew Kolawole said it is sad for the state to witness such a huge loss in the human capital of the state, stressing that it has become necessary for the State Government to erect pedestrian bridges in Felele and Kogi Poly gate to protect the people in the area.
He said the House as a matter of urgency will visit the Honourable Minister for Works and Housing and the Comptroller General of the Federal Fire Service to draw their attention on the importance of the needs of the state at the moment.
At the end, the House observed a minute silence for the departed souls in the accident, praying that God will grant the state and the families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.