– According to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing the federal government is set to commence work on Nigerian roads
– Babatunde Fashola said the road repair interventions will include 41 damaged highways
– Popular among the roads is the Benue-Makurdi highway and major highways in the southeast
Floods and a lot of other factors have damaged over 41 highways across the country. The minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola has said this roads will be repaired.
At a meeting in Abuja with contractors handling federal government’s projects, Fashola said the rehabilitation will be embarked upon alongside ongoing road construction projects.
One of the roads to be repaired is the Benue-Makurdi highway and other major highways in the Southeast among other flooded projects which were inspected by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Fashola also said: “I will quickly also go to the interventions we have already planned, in addition to major construction works that is going on.
“We also have rehabilitation works using specific contractors to improve motorability and we would be working on 41 roads across the country and trying to make some remediation for them as a result of what has happened during the rainy seasons.
“We will be intervening across the country, including the Benue-Makurdi, South-East and places where the Vice President visited as a result of flood. So, we are just getting ready to complete our procurement processes and roll-out.”
He also issued a directive to the contractors to ensure completion of the projects before the Christmas season, considering the huge traffic commuters face during the festive period.
Fashola explained that there are proposed 25 roads which are integral parts of A1 to A4, saying: “If you look at the proposed 25 roads, they are the roads that are integral parts of A1 to A4.
“The A1 is the Lagos to Sokoto highway, A2 is the Warri-Kastina, A3 is Port Harcourt-Potiskum, Yobe and A4 is Calabar-Maiduguri.
“One thing that all these roads share in common is that they originate from our ports and end in the boundary… If Sukuk is fully subscribed for, we will have 25 major roads we would have some interventions.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that Babatunde Fashola has unveiled plans by the federal government to build a better network of roads and bridges across the country.
Fashola said that the intention was to connect states, drive economy, move fuel, food and the import and export of goods.
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He unveiled a plan for the construction of 44 federal highways, 63 roads and an emergency intervention across the country ahead of the rainy season to give relief to Nigerians subject to appropriation.
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