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Reps urge Fed Govt to prepare extra budget for Benue roads

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The House of Representatives has expressed sadness over the death of 50 persons, following the explosion of a fuel tanker in Gwer East Local Government of Benue State.

The lawmakers urged the Federal Government to prepare a supplementary budget to fund work on the Makurdi-Naka-Adoka-Ankpa road.

In addition, the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing was also urged to make provision in the 2020 budget estimates for the continuation/completion of rehabilitation of the road and for the rehabilitation of the Makurdi-Aliade-Otukpo-9th Mile road.

The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing was also told to immediately embark on the emergency rehabilitation of all trunk A roads across the country.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), industry operators and related regulatory authorities were also asked to provide relief materials and medical treatment for the victims and other affected members of the community.

The House is to constitute an ad-hoc committee to investigate the cause of the incident with a view to proffering solutions and preventing recurrence in other parts of the country.

The committee was asked to report back within two weeks for further legislative action.