Smoother motoring on Nigerian roads may be in the offing, as the Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved the recommendation for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC Ltd) to invest 1.9 trillion in the reconstruction of 44 Federal roads across Nigeria under the tax credit policy.
The council gave the approval at its weekly meeting, which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Mr. Laolu Akande, who briefed State House correspondents on behalf of Minister of Works and Housing Babtunde Fashola, said: “The Federal Executive Council approved the recommendation to invest in the reconstruction of selected federal roads under the Federal Government Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Policy phase 2 by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) limited and its subsidiaries.
“So, the council approved the proposal by the Ministry of Works and Housing for the reconstruction of 44 proposed Federal roads with a total length of 4,554 kilometres in the total sum of N1.9 trillion.”
Akande said that the council also approved the concession of nine Federal roads.
“In another memo, the Minister for Works and Housing also got approval of the council for concessionaires for nine road corridors under the pilot phase of the value-added section of the Highways Development and Management Initiative following the issuance of the requisite full business case compliance certificate by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission for a period of 25 years for each road corridor as follows.
“The roads that will be under this first phase are the Benin-Asaba corridor, Abuja-Lokoja-Onitsha-Owerri-Aba, Shagamu-Benin, Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga-Makurdi, Kano-Maiduguri, Enugu-Port Harcourt, Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta and Lagos-Badagry-Seme,” Akande said.
The Works and Housing Minister, according to Akande, got the council’s approval for augmentation of contract for rehabilitation of the Oshogbo-Ilesha Road phase one in Osun State, South-West Nigeria, in the sum of N1.2 billion.
Akande added: “The approval thereby revises the subsisting contract sum from N3 billion to N4 billion, representing an increase of 33 per cent of the original sum.”
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