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The Federal Government will spend about N169.88bn on the construction and rehabilitation of roads in the six geopolitical zones of the country in 2020.
The figure is contained in the details of the 2020 Appropriation Bill that President Muhammadu Buhari presented to a joint session of the National Assembly last week. The figure is far less than the N280.44bn budgeted for the same purpose in the 2019 Budget.
Buhari, had during the budget presentation said the Federal Government would not embark on new road projects, but complete the ongoing ones.
The N169.88bn allocated for road construction and rehabilitation fell short of the amount needed to address road infrastructure deficits in the country.
As of November 2016, the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria said the country required about N3tn to address the massive road infrastructure deficits in the country.
COREN’s immediate past President, Kasim Ali, stated this in Abuja at the Public Hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Works.
The hearing was on the repeal of the Federal Roads Maintenance Ageny Act 2002 and on Federal Roads Authority Bill, 2016 and National Roads Fund Establishment Bill.
The N169.88bn be spent on construction and rehabilitation of roads is part of the N221.64bn allocated to construction/provision of fixed assets in the budget of the Ministry of Works and Housing.
Under the same title head, the government is proposing to spend N18.23bn on construction/provision of housing; N23.215bn for the provision of infrastructure; N6.91bn for the construction/provision of the ministry’s office building; N2.734 for the provision of electricity; and N653m for the construction/provision of public schools.
The roads that will receive government’s attention in 2020, according to the budget proposal, include the Lagos-Sagamu-Ibadan Dual Carriageway; dualisation of Sapele-Ewu Road; reconstruction of Bida-Lambata Road in Niger State; rehabilitation of Ikorodu-Sagamu Road; rehabilitation of 9thMile-Orokam Road in Enugu State; re-construction of Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Kontagora-Makera Road; dualisation of Obajana Junction-Benin Phase II, Sections I-IV; dualisation of Makurdi-Enugu Road; and dualisation of Akwanga-Jos-Bauchi-Gombe Road.
Others are the reconstruction of the outstanding sections of Benin-Ofosu-Ore-Ajebandele-Sagamu Expressway; dualisation of Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa/Bokani Junction Road; Abuja Lokoja Road; and early works for the construction of 2nd Niger Bridge.