By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, a minimum of N500 billion annually will be required by the federal government in the next three years to develop its 35,000 kilometers network of roads.
Fashola, who made this known during a media chat on Tuesday in Abuja, blamed past administrations in the country for not showing the same commitment to developing road infrastructure like the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has done, which would have would have ameliorated the poor state of some roads in the country.
“I think that a minimum of half a trillion every year over the next two, three years will be a strong support to really advance and complete as many as the 711 contracts.
“Again, people are mistaken what I said about 711 contracts to mean roads. No. For example, from Lagos to Ibadan expressway we have one road but two contracts, one with JD, one with RCC.
“On Benin/Lokoja we have one road but we have five contractors. So, the totality of those contracts are made of 711 different contracts on many roads across the country, and the total road network now under construction or rehabilitation is little over 13,000 kilometers in different stages of repairs out of total Federal network of 35,000 kilometers,” Fashola said.