Trans-Saharan Route : Abuja – Algiers Highway, To Ready In 3 Years – Fashola

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Minister of Works and Housing , Mr . Babatunde Fashola , says the trans -Saharan roads linking Abuja with Algiers in Algeria will be completed in three years.

Fashola said this during a joint inspection visit to the on- going Abuja -Keffi -Akwanga -Lafia -Markudi and the Abuja -Kaduna roads which are part of the trans- saharan roads.

The inspection was part of the programme schedule for a 2 -day 70 th Session of the Trans Sahara Road Liaison Committee which began on November 11 in Abuja .

He said: “ What we are concerned with in this committee is the Lagos to Algiers highway .

“ The Lagos – Ibadan – Oyo road , the Jebba- Mokwa-Kaduna -Kano road , and the Abuja -Kano road are the major components .

“`So Mali is doing its own , Algeria is doing its own , Niger is doing its own . Every country is handling their own .

“ The Abuja -Kaduna -Zaria – Kano Dual Carriageway of 375 .9 km has three sections and would all be completed within three years,’’ Fashola said .

He added that part of the project which is handled by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited is the expansion of 5 .4 km of the Abuja -Keffi Expressway and Dualisation of the Keffi -Akwanga -Lafia -Makurdi road .

The project is located in FCT , Nasarawa and Benue states, with a total length of 227 .2 km, including the Abuja -Keffi and Keffi -Makurdi sections .

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 5 .4 km Abuja -Keffi section will have two -lane auxiliary roads on both sides of the existing six -lane section .

The 221 .8 km Keffi -Makurdi section will see an expansion of the existing two- way two -lane section to a two -way four -lane section .

According to Fashola , the main works to be done in the execution of the project include sub -grade, bridge , and culvert , as well as drainage and pavement.

He added that the road would have an electro-mechanical toll station that would be completed in March 2022 .

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