By Favour Nnabugwu
Federal Government’s toll policy would take off as soon as possible, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works, Dr. Abubakar Muhammed, said, yesterday.
He also said the two bills on the establishment of Federal Road Authority, FRA, and National Road Fund, NRF, would create jobs and opportunities for Nigerians, if passed into law.
Muhammad, who spoke at the 18th edition of the Annual National Conference of Directors of Civil Engineering (Highways) in Abuja, said it had become expedient for tolling of roads in the country to start as fast as possible since government could no longer fund road projects.
“The Ministry is also working assiduously to ensure that the National Tolling Policy is in place as soon as possible.
“The Ministry has taken a number of steps to ensure that Direct Foreign Investments, DFIs, and Public Private Partnership, PPP, tremendously thrive in the development of road infrastructure in Nigeria, in order to guarantee sustainable funding of the road sector.
“These efforts are underscored by the fact that government alone can no longer fund huge and expensive road projects due to limited financial resources.”
Muhammed said the FRA and NRF bills, which passage into law were being vigorously pursued by the Ministry of Works, would attract huge private sector funds required to fill the funding gap.
Coordinating Director of Highways (Planning and Development), Engr. Bala Dan-shehu, while delivering his welcome address, said the conference of Directors of Civil Engineering had always been the engine room for the Council of Works, that they must not renege on its duties to generate constructive ideas for policy formulation