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What Works Ministry Advised Buhari About Lagos-Ibadan Road, Others

Posted: Jul 9, 2015 at 5:16 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa, Abuja?

The Federal Ministry of Works on Thursday, July 9, 2015, took its turn to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on its handover notes, declaring that among its top priorities is the ?rehabilitation of Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dauda Kigbu, who led other officials to the briefing at the Presidential Villa, said that government was taking seriously works on Enugu/Port-Harcourt and Mokwa/Bida expressways along with other major roads across the country.

Kigbu pointed out that early works were still on-going at the ?site of the Second Niger Bridge, ?which is being constructed through Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.

He said that he took the president through the activities of the ministry, noting that 90 per cent of its mandate covers roads across the country and that he stressed to the president the need to seek other windows of funding outside of the usual national budget.?

Kigbu said that the ministry was specifically considering the PPP model and multilateral support from agencies such as the World Bank, African Development Bank and similar bodies for the extra-budgetary funding.

On how Buhari reacted to the briefing, the permanent secretary said: “The President is committed to developing this country and he is passionate about roads because roads are central to national development.

He confirmed that he will look into the suggestion because if you look at the multilateral support, for example, it always has some moratorium period – a reasonable period for repayment – and the interest charged is about one per cent”.?