Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has signed an executive order, giving private companies the go-ahead to construct 19 federal roads in the country.
The signing of the executive order was very much needed as Nigeria is currently number 11 on the list of countries with the worst road network and quality as reported by the 2018 Global Competitive Index.
Going by the law of the nation, all federal roads belong to the federal government, hence, they are constructed and maintained by them. But due to issues including poor funding, most of these roads have been abandoned, becoming a ghost of themselves. These roads have witnessed several accidents leading to the loss of lives.
The executive order is music to the ears of Nigerians, as the troubles of bad road networks will be reduced.
President Buhari signed the executive order to build roads across 11 states
The signing of this order will see six investors in the country joining forces to construct not fewer than 19 roads in 11 states across the nation. These roads will be properties of the federal government.
In terms of size, the roads will be 794.4km, strategically spread across the 6 geopolitical zones of Nigeria. This was revealed by Zainab Ahmed, who is the current Minister of Finance, in a statement. Shedding more light on the project, the Minister revealed that a 13-man committee headed by her would be put in place to ensure the execution of the project. The project will include the construction of several roads and bridges under the scheme which is a first in the country.
The six investors chosen for the scheme include the following: Dangote Industries Plc, Unilever Nigeria Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc, China Road and Bridge Corporation Nigeria Limited and Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc.
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Zainab Ahmed further revealed that while the scheme was kicking off with the aforementioned investors, the government awaits more investors to come on board. She stated that investors partaking in the scheme would enjoy tax holidays as part of benefits.
Intimating Nigerians with the vision of the project, the Minister said that it was the government’s intention to ensure that, at least, one major road project is being constructed in all the states of the nation in the scheme’s first year of operations.
Nigerians will soon be informed of the various projects that would be executed. The Minister revealed that, upon approval, the said projects would be published in an official publication. The government would also take care of modalities with the various investors to fasten the execution of the project without delay.
Some modalities of the project to be finalized include verifying the costs of eligible projects and issuing tax credit certificates to investors.
The road project would be executed in various sets. The first set to kick off in accordance with the executive order include:
- reconstruction of Dikwa-Gambaru Ngala road (Benue State)
- reconstruction of Zone Roundabout-House of Assembly road (Benue State)
- reconstruction of Makurdi-Yandev-Gboko road (Benue State)
- construction of Ashaka-Bajoga highway (Gombe State)
- reconstruction of Bama-Banki road (Borno State)
- reconstruction of Birnin Gwari expressway (Kaduna State)
- rehabilitation of Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway/Bypass (Kaduna State)
- rehabilitation of Sharada road (Kano State)
- reconstruction of Birnin Gwari – Dansadau Road (Kaduna State).
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Other parts of the road project include:
- Obajana-Kabba road (Kogi State)
- construction of Adavi Eba-Ikuehi-Obeiba-Obokore Road (Kogi State)
- econstruction of Ekuku-Idoma-Obehira road (Kogi State)
- rehabilitation of Lokoja-Ganaja road (Kogi State)
- reconstruction of Sokoto road (Ogun State)
- rehabilitation of Obele-Ilaro-Papalanto-Shagamu Road (Ogun State)
- Ofeme community road network and bridges (Abia State)
- reconstruction of Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota road (Lagos State)
- rehabilitation of Benin City – Asaba road (Edo State)
- construction of Bodo-Bonny road and bridges across Opobo Channel (Rivers State)