President Bola Tinubu has granted approval for more than 260 road repair interventions to be implemented across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. The Minister of Works, Engr David Umahi, made this announcement on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. He shared this information with journalists following a meeting with President Tinubu in his office.
The Minister revealed that these urgent road repairs for the 260 roads nationwide would require an estimated N217 billion in funding. In addition to these road repairs, President Tinubu has also given his approval for further road construction projects, including upgrades to existing projects.
According to the Minister, the President has also greenlit several important road projects, such as resurfacing the 3rd Mainland Bridge, constructing the Lekki deep seaport road, reconstructing two collapsed bridges in Enugu, and rehabilitating two sections of the Onitsha-Owerri Road. Furthermore, the President has authorized the upgrading of the ongoing Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia road and the dualization of the Lafia bypass.
The Minister expressed his appreciation for President Tinubu’s keen interest in improving the condition of the country’s roads. He noted that every request he had presented to the President regarding road repairs and construction had been approved, including the recent approval for 260 road interventions. These interventions, costing about N217 billion, encompassed emergency repairs and bridge reconstruction in various regions.
Umahi emphasized that these projects would soon commence, especially with the dry season starting in November. He explained that the process involves design, procurement, and contractor selection, with pressure to ensure timely completion of the work.
Additionally, President Tinubu approved the reconstitution of the Board of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to expedite nationwide road maintenance. This move is expected to enhance the efficiency of road maintenance efforts.
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