The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to develop guidelines for host communities to erect speed bumps on federal highways in the country.
This followed a unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Rep. Omowumi Ogunlola (APC-Ekiti) during the plenary presided over by the Speaker of the house, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday.
The motion was tagged: “Need to Control Indiscriminate Erection of Bumps on Federal Roads’’.
Moving the motion, Ogunlola said that speed bumps of different sizes and shapes were erected by the host communities through which the federal roads passed.
The lawmaker emphasised that it was the responsibility of the Ministry of Works and Housing and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to construct and maintain federal roads across Nigeria.
She expressed concern on the way bumps were being erected by communities on federal highways which she said was often a danger to road users.
“The reason for erection of those blimps by the communities is to safeguard lives of pedestrians in those communities.
“The bumps being erected are without approval from the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing or FERMA, thus excluding expert opinions concerning specifications in terms of size, width and suitable places for erection of such bumps.’’
The house, however, acknowledged the presence of controllers of works in each state who issued rules and guidelines on erection of bumps on highways within their jurisdictions.
The lawmakers also urged any community wishing to erect bumps on a federal highway to obtain approval from the Ministry of Works and Housing or FERMA regarding the length, width and quality of such bumps.
Furthermore, the reps urged the ministry to also develop guidelines for erecting to lessen the burden of obtaining approval by host communities.
The house called on the communities that wished to erect bumps on federal highways to seek approval from relevant authorities to avert accidents some of such bumps may cause.
The lawmakers also directed the House Committee on Works to ensure compliance.
Edited by Ese E. Ekama (NAN)