By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola has said that Federal Government has approved the award of construction of roads and bridge in three states of the federation.
Fashola made this public while speaking to the State House Correspondents after the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to him, “The Ministry of Works presented two memoranda for consideration and award of three roads, all of which Council graciously approved.
“They are the award of the Jebi-Lamba-Bele Road in Adamawa State for N26.829 billion. The Achingali-Udobi-Udona-Umunwanwa- Ubakala Road, including the bridge, across the Imo River in Imo State, for the sum of N11.540 billion.
The Jamai-Basha-Zuruk-Andame-Karim Lamido Road, linking Plateau and Taraba States, in the sum of N77.279 billion”.
The Minister also said “These projects are consistent with the ministerial responsibilities we are mandated to execute under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and the commitment to improving road transport infrastructure because these roads connect critical agriculture, mining and economic areas of the country, to improve the ease of doing business, to reduce journey time and so on.
“For example, the road that links Plateau and Taraba States, when completed along with the Ibi Bridge, will reduce the journey time from Abuja to Jalingo in Taraba from about 12 hours to about eight hours. It will be a significant reduction in journey time and also the other roads will be equally beneficial in bringing down cost of goods, cost of transportation and cost of doing business”, Fashola said.