By Favour Nnabugwu
Abuja — The Federal Government yesterday said it had spent N126billion in the last two years on 32 roads which the present administration had so far completed.
The government also spoke of plans to spend N850billion on road projects in the Northern parts of the country.
Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, made these known at the on-going Mid-term achievements report of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for 2013 Ministerial platform in Abuja.
He said the federal government had spent a whopping N126 billion on the 32 roads completed across the country, adding that of the N126billion, government had paid out a total of N120billion.
According to him, the completed roads include the repairs of 3rd Mainland Bridge (Phase 11), covering additional works for the replacement of 8 Nos., expansion joints in Lagos State, completion of the duplication of Onitsha-Owerri Road (Section 1) and Onitsha Eastern Bypass in Anambra State and completion of the rehabilitation of the access road to the Kaduna Refinery in Kaduna State.
Others are rehabilitation of Jebba Bridge in Kwara State, completion of the rehabilitation of Efon-Alaaye-Erinmo Iwaraja road in Ekiti and Osun States, and rehabilitation of Otukpo-Oweto Road in Benue State.
He said: “Very impressive progress has also been made in the on-going dualisation and rehabilitation projects. For example, the journey from Benin to Lagos which hitherto took upwards of nine hours in 2011, now takes between three to four hours. Travel time between Abuja and Lokoja has equally improved from an average of four hours to about two hours.
“Travel time on Kano-Maiduguri road has also been reduced by half in the completed sections. In the same vein, while travel time from Owerri to Onitsha is down from two hours to just forty-five minutes. It now takes only about six hours to travel from Owerri to Lagos from an average of fifteen hours it took in 2010.”