Nigerian government flags-off massive road project

Golfa Francis, Abuja

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Nigeria’s Minister of Power works and housing, Mr Babatude Fashola has flagged-off the commencement of work on the routes in Kano State and North-central Nigeria.

The commencement of work on the Abuja-Kaduna -Zaria-kano dual carriageway is one of the objectives of the Nigerian government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, launched to fulfil Economic campaign promise by President Muhammadu Buhari to make Nigeria a globally competitive Economy.

According to him, the provision of critical Infrastructure to support public transportation, reduce the cost and time of doing business is one of the action points of that Plan.

“Before today, in the face of limited revenues, the President approved the raising of a Sovereign Sukuk Bond which led to the Economic activity on 25 roads, spread across the Six Geo-political zones, where construction work has resumed and Nigerians are being gainfully employed,” Fashola said.

“From Benin – Okene ; Enugu- Port Harcourt, Kano- Maiduguri , Loko- Oweto, Nigeria’s road network is daily being rebuilt by well meaning Nigerians who have found dignity in work funded by Sukuk,” Fashola added.

He said that the 25 roads are only a part of over 200 Roads that need to be funded.

He revealed that Strategic Roads which carry some of the heaviest traffic and connect the North and South of Nigeria like the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the 2nd Niger Bridge and the Abuja – Kaduna – Kano Road have deteriorated for about 10 years for lack of funding at a period of oil boom.

President Buhari’s part of his change mantra approved an Infrastructure Development Fund.

“The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the 2nd Niger Bridge and the Abuja- Kaduna – Kano Expressway are the first beneficiaries of this Fund, with commitment that work will no longer stop on these projects on account of lack of funds, once they are captured in the annual Budget.”

As work is going on in Lagos to Ibadan to connect the South West from Ibadan to the North Central through Ilorin to Jebba and beyond; and work is also going on at the 2nd Niger Bridge to connect the South East from Anambra to the South South in Asaba, the people of the North Central in Abuja can be assured that they will be connected to social, cultural and economic opportunities that exist in Kaduna, and Kano in the North West.”

“Commuters on this Road are therefore asked to bear with the government as its build this major Highway over the next three years while they drive through it.”

The government promised to divert and manage traffic for them to move while it builds.