Ahead of this year’s Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, the federal government has embarked on repairs and rehabilitation of 24,000km of roads nationwide to ease traffic and movement of goods and services during the yuletide.
Also, the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has also identified 17 interstate economic routes corridors for repair works including the Abuja-Keffi-Makurdi adding that contractors were ready to begin work.
Speaking over the weekend in Abuja at the annual public sensitisation on Ember Months, organised by the Ministry of Works and Housing, the Director, Highway South-South, FMWH, Engineer Adedamola Kuti, said: “We have all together 24000 km. Major repair works, major rehabilitation, and special repairs. We have at least 156 roads, totalling about N97 billion.
“We have identified them along the major alignment of A1 to A9 routes, we have specifically restricted ourselves to A1-A6; that’s the North-South bank and then the east to west. A1 is starting from Lagos. Supposed to start from the port, but we are starting from the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. The dual carriageway starts from Oyo-Ogbomosho road.
“Working on the Warri-Benin road and continues towards Benin-Auchi road. Lokoja to Zuba and from Zuba – Kaduna-Zaria-Kano, there’s a major work going on there by Julius Berger and then off to Kano-Daura.’’
Kuti said other roads receiving intervention are Aba-Owerri road, Aba-Umuahia up to the Enugu State border, and Makurdi – Akwanga-Lafia Road.
“And from Jos to Bauchi to Potiskum is in fairly good condition and from Potiskum to Maiduguri, already completed and commissioned. Jos to Bauchi to Potiskum is in fairly good condition and Potiskum to Maiduguri, has already been completed and commissioned.
“The strength between Otukpo-Otukpa- Enugu, that is bad, contractors will soon be mobilised to start rehabilitation there to make room for enjoyable travel experience for those traveling through his route to the east,’’ Kuti said.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of FERMA, Engineer Umar Rafindadi, said the agency had identified 17 interstate economic routes corridors for repair works of which Abuja-Keffi-Makurdi was part, and contractors are ready to begin work.
He added that Lagos-Shagamu, Onitsha-Asaba-Enugu-Abakaliki, Benin-Shagamu, Apapa-Oworoisoki, and Shagamu interchange in Ogun were all areas where the agency was making interventions for ease of traffic for the Yuletide.