FG approves ₦29.2b road construction from Nigeria to Niger Republic border

02/28/2020

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The Federal Government has approved the sum of ₦29.2 billion for two roads linking Nigerian’s border with the Niger Republic to promote business across the borders

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of ₦29.2 billion for the construction of two roads linking Nigeria's border with Niger Republic.

The FEC meeting, which took place on Wednesday, at the Presidential Villa Abuja, was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Two roads linking Nigerian's border with the Niger Republic is set to be constructed in Jigawa and Sokoto States

Naijauto learned the first road, Kurnya-Babura, at the Niger Republic border, runs through Jigawa State. It was approved for ₦19.7 billion. The second road called Bale-Kurdella, also at the Niger border, passes through Sokoto State and was awarded for ₦9.5 billion.

Briefing journalists after the meeting Mr.Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, stated the approval of the road project would boost business across the border. He went further to say Nigeria will be positioned to effectively implement the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.

Fashola said,

It is not only critical to execute our mandate under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and ministerial mandate to improve infrastructure, but also for the enablement of business across borders particularly now that we have taken an affirmative position of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

The market in that area of the country (Nigeria/Niger borders) does a lot of trade across borders. So, this is a good boost for business as well

Sometime in 2017, the federal government came up with a proposal to construct a rail line that will link Nigeria and any Niger Republic border. The project was also included in the budget.

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President Buhari approved the road construction to promote business across borders

The project, according to reports, has sparked controversies, with many Nigerians complaining that the safety of the country wasn't put into consideration as there have been security challenges of late with neighboring countries.

Two projects worth ₦1.2 billion were also approved for the Ministry of Aviation during the FEC meeting.

The sum of ₦591.8 million was approved for the renovation of the Accident Investigation Bureau's office in Abuja while ₦645.4 million was mapped out to establish a training school for AIB in Abuja.

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Jane Osuagwu is an automotive writer at Naijauto.com. She's a car enthusiast who loves creating educative and informative topics on cars, ranging from maintenance tips to updates on the latest trend in the auto industry in concise and friendly writing. 

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