The Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Hon. Mustafa Baba Shehuri, has stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB)-led government was highly committed to the construction and dualisation of the entire section of the Trans Saharan route within the borders of the country.
The Minister who stated this while speaking on the occasion of the 65th session of the Trans Saharan Road Liaison Committee held yesterday in Abuja, said Nigeria has made significant progress on the Trans Saharan Road project.
“This is in view of the fact that the section of the road between Lagos and Ibadan (dual carriageway) which has a length of 127.7 km is currently under construction. The road is being expanded from a two lane dual carriageway to three lanes in each direction.
Section II (Oyo-Ogbomosho, 50km) of the segment between Ibadan and Ilorin is being dualised on a new alignment even as the segment of the road between Ilorin and Jebba (90 km), a single lane carriageway, is undergoing construction for future dualisation,” he explaind.
According to Shehuri, other sections of the route from Jebba to Mokwa and up to the border town of Kongolam are being considered for reconstruction and dualisation.
The Minister, who commended the efforts of member countries on the emphasis placed on the sections of the route within their borders, said “The fact that out of a total length of 9,500 km of the Trans Saharan Route more than 8,000 km has been surfaced with bituminous materials is a great achievement.”
He assured the gathering that plans are underway for all major routes in Nigeria that link the Trans Sahara Route to be upgraded while future road interventions in Nigeria take the form of dualisation.