Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) is the government agency concerned with road construction, improvement and connectivity between the States of Nigeria.
It was established by Act No. 7 of 2002, enacted by the National Assembly and assented to by President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The agency which is a subsidiary of the Federal Ministry of Work was first chaired by Engr. Guy Otobo, who was inaugurated by the then Minister of Works and Housing, Chief Tony Anenih on 27th January 2003.
The major role of FERMA is to monitor and administer road maintenance with the objective of keeping all federal roads in good and safe conditions.
What Is The Bill To Scrap FERMA?
The Senate on 29 September passed the Federal Road Bill which seeks to repeal the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency Act, Federal Highways Act, and the Control of Advertisement on Federal Highways Act.
The law is aimed to facilitate the establishment of an agency to govern and manage the nation’s federal roads network. Also, it would facilitate private sector participation in the development, management and improvement of roads in Nigeria.
The bill was sponsored by the Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Toby Okechukwu, Ossai Nicholas and upper chamber by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abubakar.