President Bola Tinubu’s administration inherited 38 uncompleted road projects worth N979bn from the Muhammadu Buhari government, findings by The PUNCH have shown.
The projects were identified through an analysis of the 2023 budget and cross-checked with the national monitoring and evaluation platform, EYEMARK, which was launched by Buhari in December last year.
The PUNCH reports that despite assurances from the former President to ensure the completion of the roads before the end of his tenure, several key road networks were left half-done due to low revenue and other challenges.
One of the critical projects is the expansion of the Abuja-Keffi dual carriageway and the dualization of the Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Makurdi road in Nasarawa State.
Other key projects that have yet to be completed include the Benue State Phase 1, Lafia bypass, and 9th mile (Enugu)-Otukpo-Makurdi Road in Enugu and Benue States Phase II which reportedly costs about N32.5bn.
Also on the list is the rehabilitation of the Ikorodu-Shagamu Road including the access road to Mosimi in Lagos State at the cost of N100m and the full scope development of Federal Capital Terriory Highway 105 (Kuje Road) from the airport expressway to the outer Southern Expressway with Spur at Kyami District valued at N54.95bn.
The dualization of Akure-Ado Ekiti Road in Ondo/Ekiti states was put at N90bn.
Other projects include the dualisation of Obajana Junction to Benin phase 2: Section 11 (Okene to Auchi) at the cost of N5bn.
Other unfinished road projects include the construction of Bichi township roads (N1.40bn); Dawakin Tofa-Gwarzo-Dayi Road in Kano (N2bn); 5.4km Abuja- Keffi Expressway and the 220km Keffi- Akwanga-Lafia- Makurdi federal roads in the North-Central geo-political zone of the country awarded for N166.36bn.
Others are the Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia road project valued at N101.1bn, the Chanchangi bridge along the Takum-Wukari road in Taraba State at the cost of N100m, dualisation of the Jattu-Fugar-Agenebode road and the reconstruction of Irekpa-Fugar-Agenebode road in Edo State at the cost of N250m.
Another project is the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which reportedly costs about N315bn and is currently handled by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and RCC.
The 126.6km road is said to be at 85 per cent completion but the prolonged construction has subjected motorists and commuters to untold hardship, with many spending several hours in traffic daily.
Also, N400m was allocated for the construction of the Bidda-Sacci-Nupeko road and the Nupeko/Patigi bridge across the River Niger linking Nupeko and Patigi in Niger/Kwara States.
Sorce: Punch News