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Umahi meets North Central governors, calls for support for highway projects

The Minister of Works, David Umahi, on Saturday met governors and stakeholders from Nasarawa, Benue and Kogi states within the North Central Area of the nation to hunt their help for the proposed 477-kilometre Cross River-Ebonyi-Benue-Kogi-Nasarawa-Apo expressway to be constructed by the Federal Authorities of Nigeria.

Talking at a stakeholders assembly organised by the Federal Ministry of Works on the development of highways for the Renewed Hope Legacy Infrastructure Undertaking in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, Umahi defined that the undertaking was past simply building of roads however was an funding that might function a catalyst for the revival of the nation’s financial system.

The Minister described the proposed Cross River-Ebonyi-Benue-Kogi-Nasarawa-Apo expressway as a legacy undertaking of the current administration that might convey many advantages to all Nigerians, particularly the residents of the benefiting states.

He additional reiterated the dedication of the Federal Authorities led by President Bola Tinubu to make sure the completion of the Lagos-Ondo-Edo-Delta-Bayelsa-Rivers-Akwa Ibom-Cross Rivers expressways and the Sokoto-Kebbi-Niger-Kwara-Oyo-Ogun-Badagry expressways.

Umahi stated: “There are a lot of advantages that come from these three superhighways. I wish to guarantee you that that is extra than simply highway building, however it’s an funding. It is because it’s a catalyst that can revitalize the complete financial system of the nation.

“I urge you to associate with this and help Mr. President, who has about seven years left to ship these tasks. We imagine that with these seven years, these three legacy tasks shall be delivered.”

The minister additional introduced that every one highway tasks shall be strengthened with concrete in order that they are going to last as long as 50 years earlier than upkeep is required.

“Every of those sections shall be on strengthened concrete. Every of those sections has six lanes. There may be additionally a railway line. We’re additionally utilizing photo voltaic avenue lights.

“The advantages of those three legacy tasks can’t be overemphasized. It will be achieved in concrete. Sokoto-Badagry has 53 dams in that part. Any highway that’s effectively constructed on concrete is not going to be touched for the subsequent 50 years. Lagos-Calabar has quite a lot of potential. We’re aiming to finish the primary part, 47.7km, in Could subsequent yr and we are going to instantly begin tolling it,” he defined.

The Minister additional knowledgeable the governors and different stakeholders in North Central throughout the assembly that the Federal Government Council had directed that federal authorities tasks scattered throughout states and which have remained incomplete for lengthy ought to be recognized and prioritised.

The governors of the North Central geopolitical zone and key stakeholders, notably these from Nasarawa, Benue and Kogi states, recommended President Bola Tinubu for arising with the thought for the Renewed Hope Legacy Infrastructure Undertaking.

On behalf of the governors and different stakeholders, the Chairman of the North Central Governors Discussion board and incumbent Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, thanked the Federal Authorities for embarking on such iconic tasks which were within the pipeline for many years, whereas indicating their dedication to supply enough cooperation for the success of the FG expressway.

Sule stated: “Let me sincerely thank Mr. President for this iconic undertaking. Iconic within the sense that this can be a undertaking that was within the pipeline earlier than a few of us have been born. Right now we see the truth of those highway tasks.”

Governor Sule thanked all stakeholders together with the governors and members of the Nationwide Meeting who took time to attend the assembly. He urged them to make sure that vital cooperation is given to the Federal Ministry of Works within the building of the expressway and different tasks within the North Central Area.

Our correspondent experiences that the Cross River-Ebonyi-Benue-Kogi-Nasarawa-Apo expressway, which is a spur of the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway, is predicted to cowl a complete of 477 kilometres, of which 284 kilometres will cowl the affected states within the North Central area.

Nasarawa State has 95 kilometers of the proposed new highway, Kogi State 111 kilometers, Benue State 66 kilometers and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja 12 kilometers.

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