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Federal Government to Prioritize Road Construction and Rehabilitation across the Country

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Federal Government to Prioritize Road Construction and Rehabilitation across the Country
The Nigerian government, under President Bola Ahmed, is set to prioritize the construction and rehabilitation of strategic Federal roads across the country. The Minister for Works, Engr. David Umahi, made this announcement during an inspection tour of ongoing road projects in Lagos. The government aims to resurface the Third Mainland Bridge and reinforce concrete roads in the country. The minister also urged the Lagos state government to temporarily maintain the Ikorodu-Itoikin road while the federal government plans to rehabilitate and dualize it.
Federal Government to Prioritize Road Construction and Rehabilitation across the Country

Federal Government to Prioritize Road Construction and Rehabilitation across the Country

Lagos - The Minister for Works, Engr. David Umahi, has announced that the Nigerian government, under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed, will prioritize the construction and rehabilitation of strategic Federal roads across the country. This decision aims to improve the state of roads and enhance transportation infrastructure nationwide.

During his inspection tour of ongoing road projects in Lagos, Engr. David Umahi emphasized the government's commitment to road development. One of the major plans includes resurfacing the Third Mainland Bridge, an iconic landmark connecting the mainland and island in Lagos.

The minister highlighted the importance of concrete reinforcement for durable roads. This approach will ensure that the reconstructed roads withstand heavy traffic and provide safer commuting experiences for motorists.

While inspecting the bridges, Engr. David Umahi expressed concerns about the conditions underneath and confirmed that the ministry has been in constant communication with the contractor responsible for the ongoing project. As soon as the ministry receives the necessary details of the ongoing investigation, plans for concrete reinforcement and rehabilitation will be set in motion.

Additionally, Engr. David Umahi inspected the 30.5km Ikorodu-Sagamu road, which is currently 85 percent completed. He acknowledged the contractor's adherence to contractual agreements and commended the standard of work provided. However, he recommended a redesign for the Ikorodu axis of the road to ensure optimal functionality.

In the case of the Ikorodu-Itoikin road, the minister appealed to the Lagos state government to temporarily assume responsibility for maintenance, allowing the federal government to focus on rehabilitation and dualization. He assured the public that work on the 34km single lane road would commence within the next 60 days, utilizing concrete pavement to ensure long-lasting durability.

Responding to the dire conditions of federal roads in Edo State, Engr. David Umahi expressed willingness to expedite the approval process for the state government to undertake rehabilitation. The minister assured the governor of Edo State that prompt approval would be granted, even if requested via digital platforms like WhatsApp. He also revealed plans to personally visit Edo State to assess the state of roads and further assess the rehabilitation needs.

The prioritization of road construction and rehabilitation by the federal government demonstrates a commitment to improving infrastructure across the country. The development of strategic Federal roads will stimulate economic growth, enhance transportation systems, and provide safer and more efficient travel experiences for Nigerians.

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