Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Babatunde Fashola (Credit: BBC)
The federal government says works on section II of the ongoing dual carriageway of Suleja – Minna road and the Agaei – Baro road will be completed between January and May 2023.
Folorunsho Esan, the director of Highways Construction and Rehabilitation, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing (FMWH), disclosed this during an inspection of the roads, according to a statement by the department’s spokesperson, Blessing Lere-Adams.
He said both roads are funded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) under the Tax Credit Scheme introduced by the federal government.
“We can see the various aspects of work, the earthwork, the pavement work, and even the asphalt laying is going on smoothly. The only challenge is that of security, but it is being taken care of by security agents.
“The 52km Agaei-Baro Port road, which connects the Lambata-Bida highway, is progressing, and asphalt has been poured on the 14 km.
“Earthwork is up to 32 km and the rest, which is about 18 km, is still outstanding, but we have the assurance that the work will be delivered on target,” Mr Esan said.
The director said the road, when completed, would boost the economy of the nation and the North-Central region in particular as it leads to the Baro Port through which goods and services would be brought into the country and exported to other countries.
Team Leader of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Tahir Ahmed, who took part in the inspection exercise to assess the quality and progress of work, also expressed satisfaction with the work done so far.
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