Lagos-Badagry Road Gets ?63 Billion For Reconstruction, Rehabilitation
The federal government has approved the sum of ?63.023 billion for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Lagos-Badagry-Seme border road South-West Nigeria.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola revealed this to Journalists while briefing them on decisions reached at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, presided over by President Muhaammadu Buhari.
He said: “The ministry of Works presented a memorandum for the award of the Lagos-Badagry-Seme border road for rehabilitation and reconstruction of sections of it. It’s a total of 46 kilometres and that excludes the part under contract by the Lagos State government, from Ericmore to Okokomaiko. Council approved 46 kilometres from Agbara to Seme border and out of that, 24 kilometres will be six lanes and the remaining 22 kilometres will maintain the existing four lanes without expansion but with reconstruction and rehabilitation. The contract sum is ?63.023 billion.”
The Minister further explained that the road is part of the Lagos-Abidjan highway corridor been constructed jointly by Nigeria and some neighbouring West African countries, adding that the Nigerian section is Ericmore to Badagry.
“The Nigerian section is this road that was approved by the Federal executive Council. So we are now constructing our part, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire have done theirs while Togo and Benin Republic also have something in place now,” he said.
The Minister informed Journalists that the Council had also approved the award of contract for the construction of Gwarzo-Karaye road in Kano State at the cost of N1.029 billion.
“We also presented and got approval for the Gwarzo-Karaye 20 kilometres section of the Gwarzo to Kwanadangura-karaye highway in Kano and the price of that is N1, 029, 000, 000.”
Fashola also said the Council approved the termination of the services of the main contractor for the 10 megawatts Katsina wind farm and re-award same to a local contractor at the cost of N121 million.
“We have 37 turbines there, we have completed 15 and 22 are in different stages of completion. But the main contractor, the French company are not giving us the kind of cooperation that we want and we found out that the local contractor that they hired is the one actually doing the job so we’ve decided to terminate the contract and use the balance to pay the local contractor who has done 15 and use the balance to install the remaining 22 and Council approved that at N121, 073, 000 out of the existing contract so it is not a new contract but a new sub-contract,” he explained.