Twenty new road construction projects across the country will cost an estimated N13.4 billion, the 2018 budget document has shown.
The federal government allocated a total of N555.99bn to the ministry of power, works and housing, the highest in the budget.
Out of that amount, N295bn has been earmarked for key capital projects, to fund road construction, expansion and maintenance across the country.
Of the twenty new roads, N1.4bn was set aside for reconstructing the second phase of Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
The proposed funding for the expansion of Abuja-Kefffi dual carriageway and dualisation of Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Makurdi road in Nasarawa and Benue states is N2.5 billion, while N1.35 billion is allocated for the rehabilitation of Gombe-Biu road in Gombe and Borno states.
Giving priority to the ministry in this year’s budget has been touted as a welcome development owing to the yawning infrastructural dearth the country is battling with.
Out with the old, in with the new
In October, the ministry the proceeds from the sukuk bonds subscription worth N100 billion to fund repairs of 25 key economic road projects across the six geo-political zones of the country.
While appearing before the senate committee on Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, said the N100 billion sourced through the Sukuk bond was yet to be released.
He credited the delay to conditions linked to the fund, saying the ministry will “do something” about the road projects in view of the high traffic usually recorded at the end of the year.
Fashola had also said the worst roads in the country were located in the south-south and south-east geopolitical zones.
Below is a list of 20 new road construction projects, as outlined in the appropriation bill.
|S/N||PROJECT NAME||AMOUNT (NAIRA)|
|1||RECONSTRUCTION OF OUTSTANDING SECTIONS OF APAPA-OSHODI EXPRESSWAY IN LAGOS PHASE II SECTION I IN LAGOS STATE||1,400,000,000|
|2||REHABILITATION OF LAMBATA-BIDA ROAD IN NIGER STATE||1,350,000,000|
|3||REHABILITATION OF IKORODU-SHAGAMU ROAD IN LAGOS STATE||750,000,000|
|4||ADO-IGEDE-ARAMOKO-ITAWURE ROAD IN EKITI STATE||450,000,000|
|5||DUALIZATION OF IBADAN-IFE-ILESHA ROAD IN OYO STATE||700,000,000|
|6||COMPLETION OF IJEBU IGBO-OLOMI OLUNDE ROAD IN OYO STATE||350,000,000|
|7||COUNTERPART FUNDING FOR THE EXPANSION OF ABUJA-KEFFFI DUAL CARRIAGEWAY AND DUALIZATION OF KEFFI-AKWANGA-LAFIA-MAKURDI ROAD IN NASARAWA AND BENUE STATES||2,500,000,000|
|8||REHBILITATION OF OKIJA BRIDGE JUNCTION-IHIALA-AMAPPUTU ULI-EGBUOMA-EGWE MILE 4 JUNCTION-OGUTA ROAD IN IMO/ANAMBRA STATE||360,000,000|
|9||REHABILITATION OF GOMBE-BIU ROAD IN GOMBE AND BORNO STATES||1,200,000,000|
|10||CONSTRUCTION OF AGAIE-KATCHA-BARRO ROAD IN NIGER STATE||800,000,000|
|13||CONSTRUCTION OF UKANA AKPA UTONG/IKET NTUEU ROAD IN AKWA IBOM||500,000,000|
|14||CONSTRUCTION OF IKOT NKWO/ATAN IKOT OKORO/IKOT OSURUA ROAD WITH BRIDGE IN AKWA IBOM STATE||750,000,000|
|15||CONSTRUCTION OF UMUEROGHA – UMUELEMA NBUBO ROAD IN AMASA NSULU IN ISIALA NGWA NORTH LGA, ABIA STATE||300,000,000|
|16||REHABILITATION OF ILA ORANGUN-OKE ILA ORA-ILALE-EKAN ROAD TO EKITI STATE BORDER IN OSUN STATE||500,000,000|
|17||URBAN RENEWAL AND SLUM UPGRADING PROJECT INVOLVING CONSTRUCTION AND REHABILITATION OF ROADS, KERBS, SLABS AND EXTERNAL DRAINAGE WORKS IN IKARE AKOKO||70,000,000|
|18||URBAN RENEWAL AND SLUM UPGRADING PROJECT INVOLVING COMPREHENSIVE UPGRADE, REDESIGNING, RELOCATION AND CONSTRUCTION /REHABILITATION OF ROADS, CULVERTS AND DRAINS IN LUGBE||60,000,000|
|19||URBAN RENEWAL AND SLUM UPGRADING PROJECT INVOLVING CONSTRUCTION /REHABILITATION OF ROADS, CULVERTS AND DRAINS IN MAIDUGURI||53,000,000|
|20||URBAN RENEWAL AND SLUM UPGRADING PROJECT INVOLVING CONSTRUCTION /REHABILITATION OF ROADS, CULVERTS AND DRAINS IN OKOGHUHELE||65,000,000|