Nigerian President Bola Tinubu has approved the emergency repairs of over 260 federal roads spread across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Minister of Works, David Umahi, who disclosed this on Thursday while speaking with newsmen after meeting with President Tinubu at the State House, Abuja further disclosed that the emergency repairs on the 260 roads nationwide will gulp about N217 billion, adding that President Tinubu had approved more road construction works, including project upgrades.
According to the Minister, the President has also approved the resurfacing of the Third Mainland Bridge, construction of Lekki deep seaport road in Lagos, re-construction of two collapsed bridges in Enugu and reconstruction of two locations on the Onitsha-Owerri Road.
Other roads approved for construction include the upgrading of the ongoing Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia road, dualization of the Lafia by-pass.
Umahi said: “I’ve always commended Mr President for his deep interest in reinstating most of our roads in the country. Everyday we get a lot of concerns from the public on the very deplorable situation of our roads, but there is no paper I brought in respect of that that Mr President has not approved.
Just yesterday he approved over 260 road interventions across the 36 states and the FCT. You’ll recall that last week he approved a lot of emergency roads and bridges repairs; we have three bridges that collapsed on the Southwest roads, he approved for reconstruction immediately. We have the Shendam- Lafia that collapsed, we also have the approval for its repairs.
We have about 17 points along the East-West Road that have been destroyed by flood, Mr President has approved and released money for the immediate repairs. Of course the Third Mainland Bridge’s resurfacing and repairs of some noticeable deflections, which have to be done under the deck on top of the water with equipments, he has also approved that.
Two bridges that collapsed in Enugu, approved by Mr President; the two locations on the Onitsha-Owerri Road, Mr President approved the reconstruction; Lokoja-Abuja Road, Mr President approved the reconstruction.
I can name them, apart from the 260 emergency repairs all over the country that worth about N217 billion, so I’m quite glad.”
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