ABUJA—Determined to rescue it from the catalogue of other failed projects, the Federal Government has commenced the review of the design for dualisation of Abuja-Lokoja road project.
This development followed the submission of findings by the committee set up by the Federal Government to unravel the circumstances surrounding the road project, which had been on the slow pace since its award in November 2006.
Minister of Works, Senator Mohamed Sanusi Daggash, who confirmed the development , while receiving a delegation from Kogi State government, said Abuja-Lokoja road was very strategic to the entire country which, according to him, will continue to receive adequate government attention.
He said the Federal Government would continue to inject funds into road projects in order to ensure the provision of good road for the benefits of all Nigerians.
Senator Daggash, in his response to the requests by the delegation, said the Ministry will approach the request by Kogi State government with all seriousness.
The minister, however, lamented that the non-performance of the concessionaire for Guto-Bagana Bridge where the Federal and Kogi State governments had injected about N6.4 billion but the concessionaire had not performed to expectation.
He said necessary action will be taken on the matter, reiterating that the Abuja-Lokoja road being very strategic to the entire country, will continue to receive adequate government attention as the Ministry was currently reviewing the design of the road.
In his remarks, the Minister of State for Works, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, said Okene was also an issue in terms of traffic flow.
He said there was need for a by-pass on Okene-Benin road to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians plying the road.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation, who is also the Secretary to the Government of Kogi State, Alhaji Musa Ahmadu, said the delegation was in the Ministry to seek Federal Government’s assistance to repair some roads and bridges in the state.
He listed some roads that needed Federal Government’s intervention to include the Niger bridgehead at Jamata Koton Karfe, Bagana road-Bridge linking Kogi and Nasarawa State as well as Lokoja-Abuja road.
He equally stressed the need for the Federal Government to expedite action to refund to Kogi State government the expenses it incurred on Ajaokuta-Lokoja road