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Nigeria ratifies N1.5tr to rehabilitate 700km

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By Akintola Timothy

11 states set to be linked upon completion of these road projects.

The Federal Executive Council of Nigeria, after its weekly meeting which was headed by the Vice President of the Country, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, approved the sum of N1.535 trillion for constructing and rehabilitating of about 11 roads across the country, under the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) Tax Credit Scheme. Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, after disclosing this news at the State House in Abuja after the FEC meeting, noted that the allocated fund would be utilized in rehabilitating major roads which totaled over 700 kilometers. He also stated that upon completion of this project, 11 states within the country would be linked.

Upon revealing some of be benefiting states, the Minister revealed that the council had earlier approved NNPC’s memo to invest about N1.9 trillion on road rehabilitations. The idea at that period was scheduled for about 44 roads which were already awarded and the remainder of roads which had to go through a process of procurement between that period and now, was the 11 roads which had just been approved by the federal executive council.

Memo submitted on behalf of FERMA to rehabilitate 5 roads also approved.

According to reports, other road contracts were also approved along with the memo which was put forward during the meeting by the Ministry of Works and Housing. Some of the approved contracts included the cost of augmentation for the Ogun Shagamu road project. Fashola, whilst expounding on the projects, noted that the ministry presented four memos to the FEC, all of which were approved. He also explained that another memo was submitted on behalf of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), as to the rehabilitation of 5 different roads.

Babatunde Fashola, whilst indicating the third memorandum, noted that it was tilted towards augmenting the Potiskum to Damaturu section four of the Kano-Maiduguri highway which was approximately 600kms. He said that Shuware to Azare and Azare to Potiskum would open to traffic and with the Potiskum part almost completed, the augmentation was majorly to cover cost materials , as well as making provisions for lane marking for the road to be handed over fully. This, he said was the third contract approved by the FEC meeting.

FEC approves citizenship of about 385 foreign nationals.

Asked about the essence of this huge project with the Buhari administration coming to an end, Fashola noted that even Nigerians would prefer a quick completion of these projects before it affects job creation. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola also disclosed that FEC had approved the Nigerian citizenship of about 385 foreign individuals who were now residing in the country. He added that 317 of these individuals were granted citizenship by naturalization and the other 68, granted through registration. He indicated that all the foreign nationals had met the requirements needed for such an honor.

The Interior Minister again revealed that a special fire detection and alarm systems had been approved and as such, would be installed across all the firefighting stations in the country. This, he said, will be at no cost to the government and would be digitized, to enhance fast responses from the emergency service. Upon the approval of E-Custom Modernization project, in spite of the court order, Clem Agba, the Minister of State Budget and National Planning, claimed that he was ignorant about the court order.

High Court stops FG from enforcing the E-Customs project.

Back in June 2022, the Federal High Court had stopped the Federal Government from enforcing the Customs Modernization Project. However, the plaintiff complained that the Minister of Finance and AGF, despite the court’s order, were presenting a new memo to FEC. Also, the aggravated companies, together, challenged the unlawful and fraudulent practices. Justice Ekwo, while ruling on the ex parte application, granted the plaintiffs’ request due to them placing significant evidences of interest in the concession project.


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7 months ago

Nigeria ratifies N1.5tr to rehabilitate 700km11 states set to be linked upon completion of these road projects. – Express your point of view.

Abusi
Abusi
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7 months ago

We are always unfortunately rehabilitating old road which is very bad. If they were well constructed there won’t be need to rehabilitate them.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
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7 months ago

Nigeria ratifies N1.5tr to rehabilitate 700km. Big project with huge amount of money. We are only watching government on this projects they are doing when they have little time to spend at the office. I call it extra time project

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
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7 months ago

The ratification of N1.5 trillion to rehabilitate 700km of roads is a welcomed development, and if executed effectively, will be of immense benefit to Nigeria’s economy. The government should ensure that the project is properly managed to achieve its desired outcome.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
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7 months ago

If our government can actually do this, it will really help commuters because they use the roads to convey themselves to their various destinations, I hope they do this.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
7 months ago

Our federal government is crazy because they can decide to embezzle this funds and not actually do anything to help our roads, if they build and rehabilitated roads it will be nice.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
7 months ago

Many things are wrong with Nigeria system which is very important to ratify them before the country can progress at it should be in a sane society.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
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7 months ago

Because we are in desperate need of this road project to run according to plan, the government should make every effort to guarantee that it is handled appropriately in order to accomplish the results that were envisioned for it.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
Member
7 months ago

This is a good project that will benefit the people and make the road good, rehabilitate of the road is nice step to take so movement can be easily for the people

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
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7 months ago

Though this current Buhari led Administration are putting all their effort towards the end of their administration to construct and complete major project, but I still didn’t subscribe to getting loan at this time of over burdened debt to run project.

DimOla
DimOla
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7 months ago

The Federal Government has done a great job for constructing and rehabilitating 700km to link 11 state. worth N1.5tr. However this current government tenure is rounding up. I hope they cimplete their project on time.

Christiana
Christiana
Member
7 months ago

It would be good if our federal government actually built and rehabilitated roads instead of deciding to pilfer this money and then doing nothing.