Nigerian govt to construct Cameroon-Nigeria border bridge at $47 million

Babatunde Raji Fashola
Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola

The Nigerian Government on Wednesday approved the construction of the Cameroon-Nigeria border link bridge as part of its efforts to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who briefed State House Correspondents shortly after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, said the construction would gulp $38 million, while $9 million would be for consultancy.

“We presented a memo to construct the Cameroon-Nigeria border link bridge, at Ikot Efiom under the African Development Bank support, for improving relationship between Cameroon and Nigeria post the ICJ judgment over Bakassi; and council approved that bridge.

“It’s part of the link road between Enugu -Abakaliki way which is already completed and part of the larger Lagos-Mumbasa Highway.

“$38 million is for the construction contract and $9 million for the consultancy and this was done under ADB procurement guidelines,” Mr. Fashola said.

The Minister, who was flanked by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, and his counterpart in the Environment, Amina Mohammed, said the council also approved the construction of Kaduna-Eastern bypass highway at the cost of N32 billion.

“We also presented a memo for the resuscitation and completion of the Kaduna Eastern bypass highway, which was started in 2002 and was initially planned to have been completed within three years; but 15 years after, it remains uncompleted.

“Council also approved this, and it is a 50 kilometre highway and dual carriage way with nine bridges over rivers and rail crossings there.

“The project was first awarded in 2002 at N16 billion, we have had to get approval for N22 billion verbatim and so that takes that project cost now to N32 billion.

“The contractor was paid N5.5 billion in 2002; if we had paid the contractor N11 billion then when exchange rate was N109 it would have cost us $96 million. If you multiply $96 million today even at official rate of N305 is now N29 billion,” he said.


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  • Domingos

    Why is Nigeria blessed with dumb and pedestrian politicians and public officials? Spending $47m on a bridge or highway at this hour of economic depression and hunger is pure mumudity. Imagine even Fashola who performed as Governor has now been infected with this infectious and incurable blight of Mumudity spread by the Mumu in Chief. What Nigeria needs now are productive industries. The road or bridge is supposed to facilitate trade. I understand that. But priority for now is PRODUCTION, MANUFACTURING, INNOVATION, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY etc and not CONSTRUCTION of Roads or bridges. Enough of these roads, railways and whatever. Build shoe factories. Build science labs for budding hackers to carry out state espionage and hacking for Nigeria. The UK has it and it is not criminal. We already have Yahoo Boys and internet fraud stars, they can be reformed and made productive. Build industries to manufacture soap, cassava flour, batteries, cell phones, car parts, electronics etc so we can sell. sell and sell. If Fashola can be this daft placing priorities then where lies hope?

    • Rommel

      They are not dumb but you are because what you don’t know,you simply ask,it takes greater investment to get a country out of recession which is why nations borrow,President Obama injected $750 billion to kickstart American economy 2009,that bridge is important to increase regional trade for Nigeria so needs to be built

      • Tyarow

        Rommel, so you prefer to put your cart before the horse first. You prefer to build regional road and bridges without sufficient made-in-Nigerian products first.You would rather thelp “increase regional trade” from Cameron side and increase imported products into Nigeria. Your way of thinking sounds like this is Bakassi phase 2. Lol!
        Most products in Nigeria are imported yet we are about to fund this huge foreign currency laden huge project at this economic inauspicious time. Trump government with good economy is currently looking inward, while Buhari government with bad economy is looking outward. US had all the infrastructures they needed despite the recession President Obama’s government faced at the time. The US economic had a sound infrastructural base to sustain such long term business investments at the time. You couldn’t flippantly compare cheese with chalk in this instance. Your comparison of Nigeria with US is wonky and laughable. I think Domingo makes logical sense with his points.
        There is time for internal capital investment and time for outward investment. It’s called making and deciding on sound priorities at the right time. Nigeria is a country without basic light for industries to power her industrial productive base to create a thriving economy for Nigerians. Companies in Nigeria pay far more to run their businesses than their counterparts. Like for like, an average company in Nigeria spend far more on fuel and light to run business than its counterpart in other countries. Tell me where the logic lies in expending such huge amount of foreign currency at this point in time when there are various infrastructures needed within the country at this point in time? This is not a rocket science but a primary school basic logic. It befuddles me that most of you guys couldn’t get it. Kudos to Domingos. No wonder we’re in such a perpetual and seemingly irredeemable mess in this country. Most of out intellectuals are bereft of intellects! Yet they like to make hollow posturing. Hehehe! Can someone pass me my cup of tea please before it gets cold.

        • Powerlessconscious

          Other things like industry is already ongoing through private partnership. The building of the bridge does not disturb industrial growth. IF YOU ARE NOT UPDATED. Just say it. HORSE AND CART are moving together.
          Every time government want do something, you look for a way to discredit it. DO YOU THING GOVERNMENT IS TAKING THE COUNTRY DEVELOPMENT ONE BY ONE?
          They are doing as much as they can do at the same time.
          Building of local industries is already ongoing and this new bridge which will help export from nigeria DOES NOT disturb industrial building at all.

          • Gary

            Poppycock..and you know it. You guys engage in flights of fancy and perpetually put the cart before the horse. That’s why Nigeria is now importing packaged Garri from London via Ghana.

            Rather than first develop the industrial base for us to become a regional export powerhouse, you talk Fashola into building a bridge that will aid Cameroon, a non/ECOWAS member to flood our markets with their own products. While we struggle with providing electricity and Forex for manufacturing.
            Isn’t that putting the cart before the horse?

            Of all things to jumpstart the economy in a recession, fully funding a bridge to Cameroon is what Fashola considers as a priority. For lack of a vision, the people perish.

          • Powerlessconscious

            Bad logic. Until after they have develop industry is when they can do any other things.? Industry is already being developed and other development can go along. A government must be able to do many things at the same time and one at a time.

    • Dejandon

      Keeping quiet would have done you a favor by hiding your ignorance of the economic benefits of inter regional commerce that results from easier transportation infrastructure.

    • Du Covenant

      My broda, so you want us to pick and choose what the UK has place but, reject their judicial system and how their politicians are held to a high level of scrutiny?. I believe we inherited good things from the British that, if we had been serious to build upon, Nigeria would have been a completely different place. They are still kind though to be spending their taxers payers money to investigate,prosecute and jail our thieving elite who range from bankers, civil servants and politicians. What a shameful country we are !..

    • Chris Anyanwu

      My friend I really don’t know when we are going to get our priorities right. I’m pretty sure they are blind to the level of hunger in the land. It is misplaced priorities all the way, from buying 12 fighter jets in the midst of recession & yet complaining of empty coffers to this wild project. It appears they don’t realize that most businesses and industries are folding up in Nigeria.

    • Iskacountryman

      so far as no be second niger bridge…

  • Rommel

    My only problem is that the costs of consultancy in Africa is too high,what constitutes this consultation?

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  • Julius

    They should be like Trump..construct the bridge and make Camerroon pay for it…without consultation ! Make Nigeria great again !

  • kumi

    This is a scam where is the money Cameroon is contributing

    • GusO

      Exactly, that’s my question. Shouldn’t the bridge be jointly built by Nigeria and Cameroon? Why do we have to pay the whole bill for it?

    • Sir Demo

      Read the article again. AfDB is clearly mentioned.

  • LionHeart

    This could enhance border security but let’s not forget about the numerous bad roads in Nigeria..