Rehabilitation, completion of major roads, second Niger bridge remain priority -- FG

Rehabilitation, completion of major roads, second Niger bridge remain priority — FG

Abuja   The Federal Ministry of Works, says the completion and rehabilitation of the second Niger bridge and major roads across the country remained the priority of the ministry in 2015.

The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Alhaji Dauda Kigbu, made this known on Thursday in Abuja while speaking with State House correspondents after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of the ministry.

He explained that the ministry was also working on the Lagos-Ibadan, Enugu-Port Harcourt and Mokwa-Bida express roads as well as a number of other roads across the country.

 

“As you may be aware, 90 per cent of the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Works is mainly on roads.

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“And that we went through all the major projects across the country and I emphasised the need for seeking other windows of funding outside the national budget.

“Particularly, looking at the PPP model as well as looking at areas of support of multilateral agencies, such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank and similar bodies.

“But, I can tell you that we are working right now on Lagos-Ibadan; we are also looking at Enugu-Port Harcourt; we are also looking at Mokwa-Bida and a number of other roads across the country.

“The Second Niger Bridge as I speak, there is ongoing activities, particularly the early works, pilings and the rest of the work is going on at the moment and some other activities are also going on.

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“Also remember that this particular project is under the (Public Private Partnership) PPP, which I also elaborately mentioned to the President.“

 

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to look into his suggestion regarding funding of roads.

“The President is committed to developing this country and he is passionate about roads because roads are central to national development,“ he said. (NAN)

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