Nigeria approves US $471m for construction of 10 roads


The Federal Executive Council of Nigeria (FEC) has approved US $471m for award of contracts for the construction and rehabilitation of 10 roads across the country.

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, disclosed the development and said that the approval was sequel to a memorandum presented to the Council by the Minister on May 2nd, 2019.

“To ensure the realization of federal government’s objectives of restoring growth and investing in the people, the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing decided to initiate the road construction and rehabilitation,” Fashola said.

Road development

The road projects include rehabilitation of Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene road, Calabar-Oban-Ekang road, Ado-Ekiti –Igede-Aramoko-Itawure road, Funtua-Dandume-Kaduna State border road and Makurdi-Gboko-Katsina-Ala road.Others are the rehabilitation of old Enugu-Onitsha road, dualisation of the 74KM Aba-Ikot Ekpene road, Billiri-Filiya-Taraba State border road as well as construction of Yola-Fufore-Gurin road, four-kilometre Township road in Gaya Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State.

The housing Minister affirmed that the projects would create jobs for Nigerians, including senior citizens in the country. The minister’s aide added that the projects are also targeted at creating employment for Nigerians. (NAN).

The projects would enhance the Federal government’s objective of improving transportation infrastructure and restoring the nation’s road network as part of the implementation of the Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan. He said that the idea is to open up settlements, provide access for evacuation of goods and services as well as improve the socioeconomic lives of the people within the stretch of the different communities in the project areas.

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