Nigerian govt approves N430bn for construction of 17 roads, bridges

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday approved N430.5billion for the construction of 17 roads and bridges across 15 states of the federation.

The Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, stated this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja.

He said the projects which were meant to further enhance the ongoing transformation of the nation’s roads would create about 13,600 jobs, improve economic growth and general lives of the people in the affected States.

“These new projects that have been awarded today, approved by the council, are all provided in the 2014 Appropriation Act of the National Assembly,” the minister said.

“Infrastructure projects will help to catalyse economic growth, because people must be busy. There are Nigerians who will be engaged to do these jobs and all that.

“The over 13,600 jobs that will be created from these projects that will last for up to a period of five years will employ these Nigerians; and if we get them busy, they should be able to put food on their tables,” the minister said.

According to him, the roads and bridges, when awarded will generate employment for Nigerian engineers, technicians, artisans and unskilled labour.

He said the projects would upon completion improve the socio-economic activities within the affected communities, reduce operating costs, travel time and accidents on the roads.

Mr. Onolememen stated that the affected roads were spread across Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Nassarawa, Abia, Niger, Kogi, Cross River, Lagos and Kaduna states.

He assured that the falling oil price would not affect the smooth execution of the projects, saying that already there were budgetary provisions of N11 billion in the ministry’s 2014 Appropriation and N10 billion from SURE-P for the projects, while the balance would be provided for in subsequent budgets.

According to Mr. Onolememen, the Bodo-Bonny road in Rivers State with three major bridges across Afa Creek, Opobo Channel and Nanabie Creek, will ensure that Bonny island that contributes the “Bonny Lite” to the Lexicon of the world’s oil market and a major economic island in Nigeria is finally linked with a road access for the first time.

“This will open this treasured island to many more Nigerians and reduce the high cost of living in one of the hitherto most expensive industrial towns in Africa.

“The new Ikom bridge will help to open up the Calabar Port for business to the people of the North-central and North-Eastern Zones of our country, as the old steel-trussed bridge has height restriction that does not permit haulage vehicles to go through,” he added.

He said the Agaie-Katchia-Baro road in Niger State would help to link Baro Inland Port to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), thus promoting inter-modal transportation in Nigeria, as envisioned in the National Infrastructure Master Plan.

The minister said, “The novel use of rigid pavement design, also known as concrete road on this alignment and on the Ikorodu-Shagamu Road linking the NNPC Depot at Mosimi, will mark a new dawn in road construction, as the construction materials will be 100% locally sourced, with improved longevity and reduced life cycle costs.
“This will help to catalyse economic growth in Nigeria.”

According to him, the reconstruction and dualization of Aba-Port Harcourt and Enugu-Lokpanta sections of the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway will not only ensure that the entire corridor from Enugu to Port Harcourt is reconstructed, it will also bring a new lease of life to the people in the areas.

Mr. Onolememen also expressed optimism that the rehabilitation of Damaturu-Biu road, and Gombe-Kaltungo Section of Gombe-Numan-Yola road would bring succour to the people of the North-East region, whom he said had witnessed wanton destruction of roads and bridges by the insurgency in the area.

(NAN)


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  • MushinSpeaks

    We keep reading how Ministries are getting projects approved by President Jonathan but do fail to execute those projects thereby putting our lives at risk why they enjoy their luxury lives.

    CHANGE we want; CHANGE we need.

  • blackdove

    Another 2nd Niger bridge stunt to get votes. Every year they keep recycling the same projects and releasing billions to their croonies. Make Una continue! One day be one day! Please let somebody tell me one federal highway that PDP has successfully completed in 16 years.

  • hyperbole123

    this analysis is bang on! kudos prof. its a shame how we deliberately reduce our own intellectual capacity with this behaviour. we never solve any problem holistically. only byte size solutions that never last. are our brains so small?

  • Samuel Uzoigwe

    “There is a danger in equating corruption in Nigeria with the infractions of a single corrupt individual.” So do nothing?

    “Reading and listening to some of these folks one would think that Nigeria’s corruption virus originated with Saraki and would end with his conviction”.

    So it doesn’t end with one conviction; the country should just surrender and be transfixed by the enormity of the problem? Whatever happened to picking the low-hanging fruits first? What of the deterrent value of high impact examples?

    “……..lawyers invaded the courtroom…..” Really? “…….intimidating the judge into acquitting him”.

    Is this true, contemptuous, libellous or what?

    “On our part, we sheepishly and unthinkingly follow them to pour all our anti-corruption outrage into this individual. We then pretend that this person alone is corrupt among the political class………..”

    No, we are only very happy that a seemingly untouchable corrupt has been brought to book no matter what the underlying motivations are. The hope (forlorn?) is that others learn from the example.

    “Never mind that Tinubu allegedly did worse to/in Lagos State as governor than Saraki did in/to Kwara. Never mind that Saraki’s reign of larceny was contained in one state while Tinubu has, as of this year, privatised and appropriated the resources and patrimony of five South-Western states for at least five years (nine years in some cases).”

    Really? What and how specifically? He did or is doing that to one of the most enlightened and major group in Nigeria? Or why if it is still in the realm of unsubstantiated allegation is this essay premised mostly on it? This kind of narrative only tends to create an aura of omnipotence around the Asiwaju. The truth is that only God is omnipotent, no amount of innuendoes and lies will change that. It reminds one of a time when he (the Asiwaju) represented a potent/mortal threat to a sitting executive presidential regime IN NIGERIA, the government could only orchestrate phony movies and documentaries of alleged corruption rather than use/discharge their prosecutorial responsibilities if there is a cause.

    • MaskedPhantom

      In spite of your pretensions to being educated, you are actually an empty headed baboon, a mental serf and intellectual sewage. Don’t pretend to be Ibo, declare your true ethnicity, if at all you are worthy of being called a human being

  • Samuel Uzoigwe

    “The Danger of a Single Corruption Story”

    There is no single corruption story!!!!!

    The main problems are among others, the Nigerian judicial system, issues around diligent prosecution, politicization (influence of regional, ethnic, religious, political leanings etc) of corruption and our contemporary value system. Notwithstanding those, there have been some efforts and results. Lucky Igbinedion has been convicted, done time and forfeited properties; Chimaroke Nnamani despite the shelter of the senate is being prosecuted and had remained silenced and elusive; Sule Lamido and his sons are subject to prosecution and routine detentions; orji uzor-kalu had been detained and was being prosecuted till he obtained a near indefinite injunction which only recently got determined; Ibrahim Saminu Turaki had been on the run following EFCC prosecution; Bode George had been jailed and served time for corruption; Peter Odili, on prosecution, procured perpetual injunction to shield himself, his wife sits on the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. The list goes on and on. The question is why does it appear no-one is deterred? Absence of swift consequence, judicial bottlenecks and corruption, poor societal values and propensity for extraneous sentiments are fingered. Fortunately the process of addressing these is in progress albeit very slowly. We shall overcome!!!