FG intends to build a national road network that connects six geopolitical zones

May 2, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

David Umahi, Minister of Works, has unveiled ambitious plans to interconnect the six geopolitical zones of the nation with a robust network of roads aimed at bolstering a secure, safer, and sustainable transportation infrastructure.

During his recent inspection tour of the km 47 stretch of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project in Eleko, Lagos State, Umahi highlighted the significance of this endeavour, particularly amidst ongoing demolition activities along the km 3-4 section of the highway.

In a statement to BusinessDay, Umahi disclosed that President Bola Tinubu had directed the immediate commencement of the design phase for the Sokoto-Badagry highway, a vital adjunct to the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway.

Umahi expressed satisfaction with the progress made by Hitech Construction Nigeria Limited on the project, praising their efficiency and commitment. He expressed confidence that with their capabilities and the unwavering support of President Tinubu, the 700 km project would be completed within the stipulated timeframe.

Emphasizing the transformative potential of the coastal highway project, Umahi noted its role in seamlessly linking the entire nation, including spurs extending to the North and other regions. He projected that the project would come to fruition within the tenure of President Tinubu.

Addressing concerns about the demolition activities along the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, Umahi reassured that landmark properties remained unaffected. He clarified that the shoreline’s right of way, owned by the Federal Government, stood at 250 meters. He affirmed the government’s commitment to adhering to legal procedures while acknowledging the possibility of land acquisition in the public interest.

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