Thursday, 18 June 2020 04:53

FG perfects plans to cede 10 highways to private operators. These are the roads you’ll soon pay to ply

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Federal Government has perfected a plan to concession 10 major highways in the country.

Minister of Works, Mr Babatunde Fashola, stated this on Wednesday while presenting details of the plan to National Assembly Joint Committee on Works.

He told lawmakers that the project titled, “Highway Development and Management Initiative,” was anchored on a private sector engagement.

The minister said investors would carry out the development and management of the road networks.

He said the rationale behind the private sector engagement was to provide an avenue to mitigate paucity of funds.

Fashola said the first phase of the project would attract a capital investment of N163.32bn at a cost of about N16bn per each of the 10 roads.

He also said about 23,322 jobs would be created in the first phase.

The roads are Benin-Asaba, Abuja-Lokoja, Kaduna-Kano, Onitsha-Owerri-Aba, Shagamu-Benin, Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga, Kano-Maiduguri, Lokoja-Benin, Enugu-Port Harcourt, Ilorin-Jebba.

He said the investors are expected to provide streetlights, toll plazas, rest areas, and weighbridge stations.

Meanwhile, the Lagos-Pen Cinema axis in Agege had been closed to accommodate construction work on the Fly-Over Bridge in the area.

Commissioner for Transportation in Lagos, Mr Frederic Oladeinde, said the closure was effective to allow contractors launch beams across Iju Road without any interruptions.

He said the bridge would be closed from 11am on Wednesday (June 17) to Thursday, June 25, 2020.