FERMA engages 800 youths
The Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), in Kebbi, has engaged over 800 unemployed youths in the Vegetation and Silt Control programme in an attempt to maintain roads and reduce road crashes in the state.
State Coordinator of the agency, Rilwanu Usman, who disclosed this in Birnin Kebbi in an exclusive chat, disclosed further that vegetation and silt needed to be controlled in view of harmful and devastating effects they had been causing to roads users and motorists plying the roads.
He pointed out that vegetation serves as hideout for armed robbers and also obstruct sight distance by motorists hence it engaged the youth as part of its effort to reduce rate of accident, avoid vehicles damage and increase life span of roads and reduce unemployment and idleness among youths.
Engr. Usman noted that the youths are engaged in collaboration with their district heads to assist in clearing the vegetation and clearing of waterways in Koko/Besse Local Government Area.
He added that the agency is also carrying out maintenance repairs on Birnin Kebbi, Argungu and Sokoto road State border and construction of roads within the Federal University campus in Birnin-Kebbi, the contract which according to him was awarded to Zanaths Nig. Ltd; at the cost of N41.3 million is at 20% completion stage.
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