- Babatunde Fashola has said the Nigerian road network will improve if funds are spent on maintaining them
- The minister of works and housing praised the Buhari administration for its commitments towards road infrastructure
- Fashola said the ministry of works currently has 711 contracts to complete
An estimate of N500 billion will be needed for the next three years to develop the road network in Nigeria, according to the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola.
The minister made the statement on Tuesday, November 24, at an interactive session with journalists, Channels TV reported.
“I think that a minimum of half a trillion every year over the next two, three years will be a strong support to really advance and complete as many as the 711 contracts."
Fashola said most road construction in Nigeria would have been completed if past administrations had shown a commitment to developing road infrastructure like President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said the current administration had resolved to complete many of the uncompleted road projects it inherited from other administrations.
Meanwhile, Senator Uba Sani has attributed the rate of bandit attacks and kidnappings in the state to the deplorable condition of federal roads, especially on Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria roads.
The senator made the statement when speaking at a town hall meeting of stakeholders on the rehabilitation of the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano dual carriageway
He said the delay in the rehabilitation accounts for the increasing loss of lives on the road due to the activities of bandits and kidnappers.
In another news, the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) has said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has failed to adequately secure northern Nigeria.
According to Guardian, the forum in a statement, on Monday, November 23, accused the administration of lacking care for the people of the north.
A spokesperson for the NEF, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, faulted the Buhari government for the slow pace of the work on the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Highway.
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