Lagos -The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has dissociated itself from a group operating under the name FERMA Federal Task Force.
It said the group was involved in illegal recruitment and paramilitary training for youths in Lagos.
FERMA South West 2 Zonal Coordinator, Oladipo Fagbamila told a news conference said the agency had enough machinery to handle all of its operations without any group fronting for it.
He added that the agency had a structure fit to carry out its constitutional responsibilities of nationwide road maintenance.
“Last year, our attention was drawn to a group which referred to itself as our Federal Task Force which is perpetrating activities that negate the mission of FERMA in some areas of Lagos State.
“FERMA did not engage and had not engaged anyone to contract businesses in the form of the activities of this so-called FERMA task force.
Fagbamila said that FERMA had written a letter to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police, and Lagos State Governor on the matter.
He said FERMA was committed to its responsibility of providing good, safe and motorable roads to residents of Lagos and Nigeria to ensure economic growth and development.
He enumerated FERMA's functions to include daily surveillance, carrying out condition surveys, identifying bad portions and fixing them on federal roads, among others.
NAN reports that FERMA had in 2013, disassociated itself from the group.