Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has said availability of roads, like the oil, lubricates trade and commerce.
The governor urged the Federal Government to repair its roads in the Southeast and Southsouth.
Ikpeazu spoke in Umuahia, the state capital, when he hosted members of the Senate Committee on Works, led by Kabiru Gaya.
The governor noted that when roads are in good condition, they aid economic activities and help states to increase their revenue base.
He said bad roads in the Southsouth and Southeast, especially Abia, made it difficult for commerce and business survival.
According to him, a journey from Aba to Ikot Ekpene or Aba to Port Harcourt, which took 30 minutes, currently takes up to five hours.
Ikpeazu said most federal roads in the state, including the Aba Ikot Ekpene, the Umuahia Ikot Ekpene, the Ohafia-Arochukwu Federal roads, posed a threat to lives and property and endangered the security of communities.
The governor said good roads and electricity were essential for the five policy pillars of his administration.
He said trade and commerce were key factors in the policy.
Ikpeazu urged the Senate committee to ensure that Federal roads in the state were repaired.
Gaya said the committee was in the state to inspect some deplorable Federal roads as part of their oversight function.
The senator assured that the committee would report its findings to the Senate.
He said the committee would ensure that contractors handling Federal roads carried out their functions well.
Gaya said the Federal Government was committed to providing good roads to Nigerians to save lives and reduce man-hours commuters wasted on the roads.
The senator hailed Ikpeazu for developing the state and uniting the senators from Abia to ensure that the bad roads in state were given attention. (Punchng.com)