Umahi meets north central governors, seeks cooperation on Cross River-Abuja highway project

Minister of Works, Engr. David Umahi, Saturday, met governors and stakeholders from the north central region in Lafia, Nasarawa state capital to seek their support for the proposed 477 killometers Cross River-Ebonyi-Benue-Kogi-Nasarawa-Apo superhighway which is to be constructed by the federal government of Nigeria.

Umahi explained that the project was beyond road construction, but an investment that would serve as a catalyst to revive the economy of the country.

“This would bring a lot of benefits to all Nigerians, particularly to the residents of the benefiting states,” he said.

He reiterated the federal government’s commitment under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu to ensure the completion of the Lagos-Ondo-Edo-Delta-Bayelsa-Rivers-Akwa Ibom-Cross Rivers, and the Sokoto-Kebbi-Niger-Kwara-Oyo-Ogun-Badagry super highways.

“I request that you buy into it and support Mr. President who still has about seven more years to deliver these projects. We believe that with these seven years, these three legacy projects shall be delivered,” he said.

The Minister further disclosed that all the road projects would be reinforced with concrete to enable them last up to 50 years before any maintenance is required.

“Each of these sections are going to be on reinforced concrete. Each of these sections has six lanes. It also has a train track. We are also using solar streetlights,” he said.

The Minister further informed the governors and other north central stakeholders at the meeting that the Federal Executive Council had directed that federal government projects spread across states that have remained uncompleted for a long period of time should be determined and priotised.

On their parts, governors of the north central geopolitical zone, as well as critical stakeholders particularly those of Nasarawa, Benue and Kogi states, commended President Bola Tinubu for conceiving the idea of the Renewed Hope Legacy Infrastructure Project.

Speaking on thrir behalf, the chairman of north central governors forum and governor of Nasarawa state, Abdullahi Sule, thanked the federal government for embarking on such projects that had been in the pipeline for decades.

He therefore, expressed their commitments to give adequate cooperation for the success of the superhighway.