Nigerian govt approves N80 billion for construction of roads across 12 states

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

The federal government on Wednesday approved N80 billion for the construction of roads across 12 states.

The government also approved N150.8 million for consultancy and engineering design for access road 1 and 2 ‎to link Asaba in Delta State to Onitsha in Anambra State and the Second Niger Bridge.

These were some of the outcomes of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided by President Muhammadu Buhari for the second time since his return from his medical vacation in the UK.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, alongside the Minister of FCT, Mohammed Bello, and the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, made the disclosures while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.

According to Mr. Fashola, the 12 states where roads will be constructed include Adamawa‎, Taraba, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi, Plateau, Osun, Kwara, Kano, Oyo, Enugu and Kaduna.

“The approval is for 12 roads in various states including Numan, Jalingo roads connecting Adamawa‎ and Taraba states, replacement of bridges at Mayachi along Gusau-Sokoto road in Zamfara states, construction of roads in Bauchi, Plateau, Osun, Kwara, Kano, Oyo, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano. The roads are at the cost of N80 billion,” he said.

Mr. Fashola said “another approval is for the engineering and consultancy design for access road 1 and 2 ‎to link Asaba in Delta State and Onitsha in Anambra State to link the Second Niger Bridge project.

“Subsequent to the award of further works of the Second Niger Bridge, we have started work now by this approval on the design of the link road that will connect the two states to the bridge.

“The design is expected to be completed in six months and we will start procurement and as the bridge advances we can then connect the two states. The contract sum is N150.84 million”

The minister also said the Council gave approval for various power projects.

“There was also approvals for power projects. It relates to the extension of the consultancy and project management contract. It is an existing contract for the Katsina Wind Energy Farm project. It was awarded in 2010 and should have been completed in 2013.

“The expatriate who was implementing it was kidnapped and when he was eventually rescued, he never came back and that delayed the project.

“But we have revived the project. A new contracting team is back on site. The contract of the consultants representing us has expired and so we are extending his contract to cover new period of completion,” he said.

Mr. Fashola said the last contract approved on power is the power sector recovery programme.

He said the programme comprises many policy actions and operational and financial interventions that need to be carried out by government to improve transparency and service delivery in the performance of distribution companies, Discos, and the Transmissions Company of Nigeria.

He said the aim is to create more viable power sector that is private sector driven.

“Some of the highlights of the programme is how to simplify and reduce the cash deficits that have accumulated ‎as a result of previous unilateral reductions of tariff by the last administration during the running of the elections;

“How to make the Discos viable, accountable, responsive to customers, ensure stability of the grid and expansion of the grid and transparency and communication within the sector;

“And also processes for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) debts and how to improve sector governance, our roles in the the quality of personnel on the board of the DISCO, it addresses access to renewable energy especially in rural areas using mini-grids and standalone solutions, and how we are going to carry out the solutions that have been developed for 37 federal universities and seven tertiary hospitals;

“And how to solve the Niger Delta problem, and also how to ensure there is a stable and predictable foreign exchange policy for the sector so that it is somewhat protected from sudden head winds of the volatility of the foreign exchange market. So that they can plan and deliver,” he said.

The minister said the new programme will look address vandalisation at consumer and production levels of pipelines so as to bring confidence to the market and stimulate the appetite that currently exists globally for Nigeria’s power sector.

“We see a lot of people who want to invest but some of them are tied to what other international financial institutions do‎ and the institutions are also waiting to see us commit to these things”, he said.

On his part, the Minister of FCT, Mr. Bello said three key infrastructure projects were also approved by the Council.

There was “approval for the award of contract for Phase 2 of the Abuja Mass Transit Lot 1B (26.77km) which is from Ring Road I, passing through Area 10 beside Wuse Market, Berger Junction, Jabi Motor Park, through Life Camp to Gwagwa,” he said.

Mr. Bello said the project was awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC, at the cost of $1.79 billion; under a funding arrangement by NEXIM Bank.

Other projects for the FCT were Jahi District Infrastructure which was put at N19.473 billion and a 5km road to link Ring Road III to Wasa Junction with Karshi-Ara-Apo Road placed N2.454 billion.


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  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Where is the DSS and their security report abracadabra in this episode? Nigerian security services just sucks for their sheer incompetence!

    • El Patron

      ???

      • Ismail Jamal

        The guy is utterly confused….lolz

  • Okokondem

    After going through the list of 12 states that will benefit from the N80 billion road projects, I can’t help feeling ashamed to call myself a Nigeria.

    No matter the reason or reasons the country fought a civil war 50 years ago, people of the eastern region of the country have long been reintegrated and therefore deserve no less.

    To think that the people that suffered the most in that war continue to be treated with total disregard is a miscarriage of justice.

    Has anyone traveled on the road linking Enugu with Umuahia, Aba and Port Harcourt? Do a YouTube search.

    Seeing the disproportionate number of northern states that are favored in this road project, it behooves me why Jonathan failed in six years to improve the condition of roads in the ‘region’ that lays the golden egg. I can’t help but feel that Jonathan failed and betrayed the region that gave him the most support.

    • tunde008

      How about the road leading to Port harcourt from Owerri through Umuagwo.What are the governors and senators from the east doing to help their people.

      • likita

        PH-Owerri road is a federal road

    • likita

      I just look at the states. I was looking to see Enugu-Port Harcourt road but No, we are have 8 states in the North, only 2 in the West and one in the East. No south south. What a budget.

    • FineBoy

      I thought GEJ did PH-Aba-Umuahia-Enugu road before elections?

    • Curtx Maccido

      MUST YOU BE ETHNOCENTRIC WITH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS? so the roads approved for N80b must all come from south-east, is there any rule to be followed in the choice of roads to be constructed?….can’t you figure out that this is a slice of 2016 budget on work and how about those that have been approved for south-east before now? this is the budget of Nigeria and there are 36 states, unfortunately your region voted PDP – it will be responsible if you can allow the government do their jobs and be reasonably patient to support any positive efforts in the country rather than your senseless BIAFRAUD noising!!!

      • Dgreatest

        They voted for pdp, does that make them less than a Nigerian, is it in the constitution to allocate less resources to the region that did not vote for the ruling party.

        • Curtx Maccido

          the more reason you have to zip-up and allow the government sort it programs…you don’t know the reasons why a road in SW or NE was ranked before those of SE, and if you are not happy with the program, 2019 is round the corner put your acts together and vote the ruling party out…or else BIAFRA – that’s simple!

      • Kamal

        My brother, don’t mind these senseless bunch of idiotic biafrans. Carry go APC. Carry go PMB.

    • whereto

      You “Biafrans” are indeed a strange lot. You manage to interpret every issue (and non issue ) to reinforce your freely acquired sense of victim hood.
      For perhaps the first time in this country, Fashola made public the criteria for prioritising road construction. A proper look at the list shows a heavy presence of states in the middle Belt. That is because most of the food on your table comes from there. Those roads also link the far North(where your grains are sourced)to the south.
      Mr victim, the Enugu -Umuahia as well as Aba -PHC roads are being fixed even now. Last Saturday, I witnessed ongoing reconstruction around Asa high school area on the aba -phc road.
      While we are on this matter, please visit Aba town and I bet you will gladly hand all Abia state govs since 1999 to a sharia court judge.

    • Ay Pointblank

      Did GEJ not finish constructing all the roads in SS/SE? You fools, why were you all dying for him if not? Pls let those who used their voters card wisely first enjoy this govt. The crumbs will be passed to you later … that’s what you deserve!!!

      • emeka

        moron

        • Ay Pointblank

          Ntorrrrr!!!!

      • Kamal

        God bless you my brother

    • Kamal

      What abt the second Niger bridge built by GEJ? Abi PMB wan waste our resources?

  • front man

    God bless Nigeria

    • Olatubosun

      Ameen

  • front man

    Wow this is good we are getting there

  • Olatubosun

    This is a great job by the federal government of Nigeria under President Mohammed buhari

  • Olatubosun

    This administration is really performing

  • Olatubosun

    We need to embrace the agent of change….
    Change begins with me

  • Olufemi Oyedele

    Monitoring and Evaluation of these projects should be our watchword. The government should involve professionals to draw out processes of ensuring the projects are delivered with 100 per cent success. We have qualified project managers in this country that can map out strategies of avoiding abandoning of construction projects. Our success rate in project execution is too low for our expected development.

    Femi Oyedele, MSc. International Project Management, MPhil. Construction Management, Project Manager.