FEC approves N1.067tn for construction of 700km coastal highway

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) Monday approved about N1.067 trillion for the construction of the first phase of the 700 kilometres coastal highway.

Minister of Works Mr Dave Umahi said this while briefing State House correspondents at the ed of the FEC meeting chaired by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“Today, we had the approval of FEC for the construction of 700 kilometer of coastal routes running from Lagos through the nine coastal routes or states up to cross river, meaning that it goes to Lagos, the Lekki Deep Seaport, Ogun, Ondo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom.

“But we also have two spurs that leads to the north, from the ongoing Badagry-Sokoto route and the one that leads to the Trans-Sahara route that goes from Ogoja down to Cameroon.

“Now, it is a dual carriage way and each carriage way has five lanes and a provision for a train infrastructure that will be at the middle. The October 30th, FEC had approved that this project be procured under EPC+ Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Financing. And so in favor of High Tech Construction African limited, which means that they were supposed to search for the funding.

“They already have started searching for the funding, but hitches here are there. And so, the Ministry to go back to Mr. President to ask for two things and that was in January 18. We asked can we fast track this.

“Since this project was going to be procured in two phases and multiple sections, can we get the federal government to fund the phase one, which is what is 47.47 kilometers running from Ahmadu Bello in Lagos down to Lekki Deep Seaport? Mr. President graciously approved.

“We also have the challenge of a lot of infrastructure on this on the road corridor. So, we requested Mr. President to approve that we realigned the road, so that we move closer to the ocean shore, and then avoid those properties which could lead to litigation. Mr. President also approved.

“But then that led to a new challenge. And the challenge is the need to start the project as quickly as possible as to protect, you know, the communities along the corridor.

“So today, we have procured the first section, which is 47.47 kilometers, under 10 lanes and FEC graciously approved the contract for N1.067tn with no objection.

“FEC also approved that the second section be procured, to be funded or federal government, which is about 57 kilometers and that runs from Lekki Deep Seaport to the boundary between Ogun and that section two of phase one.

“Then the third section is to start from the end of the road, which is Calabar and so that’s about 50 kilometers, and it’s procured under section three of phase one, and is running from Calabar and going towards Akwa Ibom and towards Port Harcourt.

“Then the other sections and other places will still be under EPC+F in favor of High Tech Construction Africa Limited. The company is very well known in this kind of infrastructure development. An example is the Eko Atlantic Ocean such that would have swallowed the entire Victoria, and they’ve been able to conquer it under the same procurements.

“But let me also announce that the road is going to be constructed with concrete and they are masters in that and you can see example Apapa-Oshodi expressway, which will usually have seven hours trucks do that, but today is a tale of joy. They are also the same company that is constructing the deep seaport under the same concrete technology.

“Besides that, we also have good news about some of the projects that were awarded between 2006 and 2018. And of course, you know, the prices of construction materials, like in 2006 should be expecting asphalt to cost about N2000 per meter square, and today’s constant between N27,000 and N30,000 per meter square,” he said.