The Federal government has disbursed N108.5 billion out of the N217 billion set aside for the emergency repairs of 260 roads in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Minister of Works, David Umahi disclosed this during a meeting with all directors of the Ministry on Thursday in Abuja.
Umahi noted that the released funds show how much President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is willing to invest in infrastructure, adding that no excuses will be tolerated to ensure that road repairs are adequately done.
Benefitting roads include resurfacing the Third Mainland Bridge, Lekki Deep Seaport road construction, two collapsed bridges in Enugu, and two locations on the Onitsha-Owerri Road.
Other roads approved for construction include upgrading the ongoing Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia road and the dualisation of the Lafia by-pass, among others.
DAILY POST recalls that in October 2023, the Ministry sought the approval of the Federal Government to undergo quick rehabilitation and intervention of 260 critically failed road projects across the federation, which was approved by the government two weeks later.
“The President has approved over 260 road interventions across the 36 states and the FCT,”
“I am pleased to announce that 50 per cent of the palliative works for the year 2023 have been released to the Ministry. The pressure was already on me, so I even had to resume early”, he said.