FG Opens Barricaded Section Of Lagos/Ibadan Expressway To Commuters

The Federal Government has opened the barricaded section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to commuters.

The section which is under construction is located at the Lagos-Sagamu end of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.

The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti told journalists during the opening on Tuesday that the barricaded section was opened to ease traffic during the festive period.

He added that the gridlock experienced on the road necessitated the removal of the barricades.

Kuti also noted that work will resume on the road as quickly as possible in January so the contractors could maximise the window offered by the dry season.

Officials of the Federal Ministry Of Works, Federal Road Safety Corp were at the opening of the section of the road.

FEC Approves N5bn For Road Construction In Akwa Ibom

 

The Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of N5 billion for the construction of a 14-kilometer road in Akwa Ibom, the Minister of State for Power, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, said on Wednesday.

He also said that the FEC approved N1.097 billion expansion for the N28 billion Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja road (section 1), as well as a N73 million increase for the construction of the N1.2 billion bridge in Samaila Local government in Kano State.

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The council also approved the sum of N6.07 trillion for a comprehensive healthcare plan in the country.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said, “The entire projects meant for over five years will cost us over N6.071 trillion and we believe that if this funding is done, if the plans are implemented faithfully, we will achieve a 31 per cent reduction in maternal mortality.

“We will achieve 33 per cent reduction in horizontal mortality and we will achieve under five per cent mortality reduction of 29 per cent,” the minister revealed, adding, “We are quite confident that this plan will usher Nigeria into a new era and Council in its wisdom, approved this plan for implementation.”

Professor Adewole revealed that 38.2 per cent of the sum was earmarked for human resources for a period of five years, between 2018 and 2022.

He added that 34 per cent was earmarked for medical supplies while seven per cent was allocated for infrastructural development.

The minister explained that following the approval, the Federal Government would ask the states to commence implementation.

He said the government would also seek the support of the National Economic Council (NEC) and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to ensure the plan was faithfully implemented.

Professor Adewole recalled a previous attempt to come up with a plan between 2010 and 2015, saying it had 52 targets.

According to him, the government was only able to achieve two of the targets and spent a long time to put the second plan in place.

“So, it took us about two years to get this second plan done. It involves all states of the federation. It includes the Federal Capital Territory, and our development partners participated in the presentation and the approval of the plan,” the minister said.

FG Approves N20bn For Rehabilitation Of Shagamu-Ikorodu Road

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The Federal Government has approved the sum of N20 billion for the rehabilitation of the Shagamu-Ikorodu road in Lagos.

The sum was approved on Wednesday, during the Federal Executive Council Meeting which held in Abuja.

The Council also approved the sum of N4.2 billion for the instalment of a fully automated smoke detection and firefighting equipment at the College of Aviation Technology, Zaria.

It also approved the sum of N873 million for the establishment of a law faculty at the University of Uyo.

Obaseki Gets Go-Ahead To Reconstruct Sobe-Sabongida Road

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Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki

The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, says he has tabled the deplorable state of Sobe -Sabongida Road before the Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and has gotten the go-ahead to reconstruct the road.
Governor Obaseki said this in Owan West Local Government Area of the state while addressing the party faithful in continuation of his thank you tour to the 18 local government areas in the state.

The governor assured the people that the road will be renovated as contractors working on Okpoji Road will be mobilised to reconstruct Sobe-Sabongida Road after completing their current project.

“Owan West is the only local government disconnected from the state capital. We will ensure the people are re-connected,” he said.

He also said that work will commence early next year on the Federal Institute of Vocational Training, Uzzeba to prepare the youth through skills acquisition to take up the job offers from his administration.

In addition to that, he promises to add 500 hectares of land to Sobe Farm, assuring the people that more industries will be set up in Sobe to provide more employment.

The All Progressives Congress Chairman in Owan West, Tunde Omoruwa commended the governor for translating his victory at the polls and the tribunal into a better life for the people.

He praised the governor for the agricultural revolution in the state and thanked him for setting up Sobe farm.

“We appeal to you sir to upgrade Sobe primary health care center to a hospital with a resident doctor,” he said.

At Afuze Mini Stadium in Owan East Local Government Area, Obaseki said the general hospital in Otuo would be opened before Christmas.

FG Releases N100bn Sukuk Bond Proceeds For 25 Road Projects

The Federal Government has released the proceeds of the N100 billion Sukuk bond for the construction and rehabilitation of 25 major road projects in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, handed over the cheque for the N100 billion to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babtunde Fashola, at a ceremony in Abuja on Thursday.

“The proceeds will be used to support government capital spending for 2017 – the construction and rehabilitation of 25 key economic roads across the six geo-political zones of the country,” she said.

“The roads will ease commuting, spur economic activities across the country and further close our infrastructural gap.”

Mrs Adeosun promised to source more funds for the development of critical infrastructure in the country.

The Sukuk bond, which was issued by the Federal in September, had been oversubscribed according to the minister, a development she said was a sign of confidence in the Nigerian government.

The Director-General of the Debt Management Office, Mrs Patience Oniha, who was present as Mrs Adeosun handed over the cheque to Mr Fashola, praised the decision to issue the Sukuk bond, which was oversubscribed to the tune of N105 billion.

FG Releases N100bn Sukuk Bond Proceeds For 25 Road Projects

Ogun Govt Partners Industries To Reconstruct Agbara Road

Ogun Govt. Commences 7.5km Road ProjectThe Ogun State Government says it is partnering with industrialists and business owners to reconstruct the 22km Agbara road.

This according to the government would ease movement of personnel, goods as well as improve commercial activities within the industrial estate.

The state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru said this after a meeting with critical stakeholder which included industrialists, captains of industries, and representatives of ministries, departments and agencies.

He said this became imperative as a result of the increased hardship being experienced on the roads, noting that when completed, it is expected that commercial and manufacturing activities around the area will witness a huge leap as there would be increased ease of doing business.

Ogun Govt. Asks Contractors To Speed Up Road Construction

Orieku Street in Ogbunabali under Construction

The Ogun State Government has asked contractors handling various road projects across the State to speed up their work to ensure timely completion.

The Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga gave the charge in an interview when she led other members of the State Executive Council on an inspection tour of ongoing roads construction around Ogun West Senatorial District of the State.

Onanuga, while commenting on the slow pace of work at some sites, urged site engineers to increase their work hours as well as labourers in order to speed up work.

She expressed satisfaction over the spate of work at Oyon and Odo Afa bridges in Imeko Local Government and Afon Local Council Development Area as well as the construction of a drainage along Brewery roundabout in Abeokuta executed to facilitate easy passage of water when there was rain.

Meanwhile, the Onimeko of Imeko, (Oba) Benjamin Olanite, while receiving the Deputy Governor and the team, expressed appreciation to the State Government for not leaving out the area in the infrastructural development plan of the government, opining that road projects would help easy movement of the people, farm produce and reduce rate of accidents around the area.

In a related development, the Ogun State House of Assembly has called on the contractors handling the Sango -Ijoko -Agbado -Akute-Ojodu road to speed up work.

The Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Works and Infrastructure, Hon. Olayiwola Ojodu, made the call when he led other members of the committee on the assessment visit to the 32km road.

Ojodu expressed satisfaction at the rate at which work had progressed in the axis but charged for more action in order for the project to be delivered at the stipulated time.

The lawmaker in company of Julianah Akintayo, Akanbi Bankole and Adeyemi Harrison, also charged the contractors to further provide palliatives on the road to ease human and vehicular movements so as to ameliorate the sufferings of commuters that comes with road construction.

He equally lauded the residents for their cooperation, soliciting their continued support towards realization of the project.

The Project Manager in charge of the construction, Mr Jason Cai, assured that the pace of works would be increased immediately the rain subsides.

NDDC Orders Road Contractor To Return To Site

NDDC, Road Contractor The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has ordered the contractor handling the Dualisation of Igwruta-Etche Road to return to site immediately.

The NDDC Executive Director Projects, Mr Samuel Adjogbe, gave the directive when he led a team of directors and engineers to inspect the 23.58-kilometre Road.

He said that the NDDC had made commitments to urgently engage relevant stakeholders and contractors, with a view to ensuring that all the Commission’s projects were brought back on track, especially projects that have been stalled for some time.

“The contractor can confirm that payment has been made and the design issues in terms of low level filling point were addressed.

“However, we will go ahead with the original design.”

Adjogbe stated that the original scope of work would be maintained and an additional drainage system would be introduced.

Furthermore, he stated that the project which would have a 60-metre bridge would enhance economic activities in the host Etche and other communities in the area.

On the completion date for the project, the engineer said that all relevant stakeholder issues would be sorted out before any definite date would be given.

He, however assured that the benefitting communities would soon get a relief as the Commission was prepared to complete the project.

“It is no longer going to be business as usual and all stakeholders should play their parts well, so as to give a sense of belonging to the people of the Niger Delta”.

Fashola Advocates Tolls For Road Maintenance

Fashola Advocates Tolls For Road MaintenanceThe Minister of Works, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has stressed the need for the federal government to revisit tolls as a means of raising funds for the maintenance of Nigerian roads.

Fashola was speaking at the public hearing on a legislation seeking to scrap the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and replace it with the Federal Roads Authority.

The minister asked the legislature not to set up a new agency but rather, strengthen the existing agency which has a similar mandate.

“We also welcome the idea of creating a maintenance agency, but we think that all of the recommendations that have been made for maintenance, should be embodied in the agency that the government has already created, FERMA, repeal the existing FERMA law, re-enact it and put all of the new things we want to create inside it,” Fashola advised.

FRSC Seeks Cooperation To Manage Lagos-Ibadan Gridlock

Lagos-Ibadan, FRSCFriday has been a day of heavy gridlock on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, owing to the ongoing reconstruction work on the road and the closure of some portions of the road.

As a result, the Federal Road Safety Corps is asking motorists and other road users to cooperate with the agency to address their plight on the road and reduce their travel time.

This is according to FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, who is in Lagos to monitor the management of the heavy traffic witnessed on the highway.

“Construction work is going on on Lagos-Ibadan express and two days ago we issued a traffic alert in respect of the partial closure of a section of the road from the Shagamu interchange coming towards Lagos.

“The essence of this is that the construction company wants to do the final asphalt overlay of the road and they need to partially close that section which is just five kilometres.

“We are moving towards the dry season, the tempo of work has increased and the construction company has asked for support from both the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the FRSC to enable them do the correct thing so that they can increase the pace of work.

“We want to appeal to the public to bear with this development because when the road is closed there will be some strain.

“Road users need to plan their journeys and with the peak period like this, what we require is understanding from road users. By next year the road will be in a better shape,” he said.

Niger Govt. Spends Over 3bn Naira On Roads

Sani Bello, Niger State SSGThe Niger State government says it has spent over three billion Naira on road construction and rehabilitation in the last one year of the present administration under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Bello.

The Commissioner for Works, Mr Abdulmalik Cheche, gave the figure in an interview with Channels Television in Minna on the one year stewardship of the ministry.

Mr Cheche, who was optimistic of the government’s performance, gave the assurance that good roads would be provided for the people of the state, considering the importance of road to the economy of any society.

He explained that the amount was for both State and Federal roads.

“The township roads will also have solar street lights to assist in providing security in the towns,” the Commissioner stated.

Mr Cheche also listed some of the Federal road projects which the state had embarked on and completed to include Minna- Tegina road, Minna- Suleja road and Kagara- Kaduna road.

According to him, the Federal Government gave the go-ahead and promised to reimburse states that embarked on such projects.

The Permanent Secretary of the the state’s Ministry of Works, Mr Umar Bawa, made remarks that addressed the usage of the roads.

He stressed the need for registration of motorcycles and urged all commercial motorcycle users and motorists to strictly adhere to the the rules and regulations.

Mr Bawa stated that some of the state and township roads were completed while others were still under construction.

Meanwhile, the General Manager Niger State Transport Authority, Haruna Abubakar, reiterated his commitment to restructuring the transport sector, as part of the Ministry of Works.

He assured the state’s residents of the government’s commitment to purchasing more buses, repairing of those in deplorable state while others that could no longer serve would be sold.

“The idea is to ease transportation in the state,” he added.

Ekiti Govt. Compensates Residents Affected By Construction Work

Road Construction, Fayose, Construction WorkThe Ekiti State government has paid a compensation worth over four million naira to residents of Ise Ekiti and Emure Ekiti in Ekiti South senatorial district whose properties were affected by the ongoing construction of 1.5-kilometer dual carriage road in the two towns.

Governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose on his arrival in Ise Ekiti, first inspected the level of work done by the contractor handling the road project before distributing the cheques to the residents whose properties were affected by the construction.

Governor Fayose, while handing the cheques to the beneficiaries, said that despite the economic challenges, his administration would not rest on its oars in putting smiles on the faces of Ekiti citizenry.

The Governor also directed the Ministry of Works to immediately commence the rehabilitation of Ikere–Ise Ekiti road to complement the ongoing dual carriage way in Ikere.

Fayose, while speaking to newsmen said that his government remained committed to its electoral promise despite distractions from the opposition party.

Before departing the towns, the Governor extended his administration’s ‘stomach infrastructure’ programme to the residents by donating rice and a cash to them.

He assured them of better days ahead.

The people of Ise and Emure Ekiti expressed their gratitude to the government.

The traditional ruler of Ise Ekiti, Adetunji Ajayi, also promised to continue to give the government the necessary support to achieve more development.

The dual carriage road is to be completed by August, 2016.