Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola has come out to say that a total of 524 road projects were presently ongoing in the several geo-political zones in Nigeria.
He revealed this as he addressed the House of Representatives Committee on Works chaired by Rep. Ahmed Birchi in Abuja.
Fashola said there were 4 multilateral-funded road projects, 81 under the Presidential Infrastructural Development Fund and 45 others being funded under the Sukuk bond.
He added that the ministry was concentrating on roads that will open up the economy and aid an uncomplicated way of doing business in Nigeria.
His words, “Nigeria would be back on its feet” if government could ensure that there was no failure on roads that stretched from ports to border cities.
“What remains is to finish; the real challenge for us and our recommendation is to adopt the policy statement of the president and focus on whatever resources we have towards completing as many of the those projects as possible.”
“For the first time in 10 years, the Ministry of Works undertook a traffic count nationwide on strategic roads; we completed it in 2017.
“What you see (in the document) before you are reports; so where you see Average Daily Traffic (ADT), the top item on the far right is Enugu-Abakaliki and it shows ADT is 20,746 vehicles.
“The projected traffic in 20 years is what is under it and if you look through all those columns from the left, Lagos-Ibadan, Ogere North side the ADT there is reported as 25.1 thousand and projected to rise to 45,000 vehicles.
“This (document) provides more information for those who make the argument that if you toll the roads you get all the money.”
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