The federal government has directed that work commences on the section of the road that connects Nigeria with the Republic of Benin through Seme Border.
The minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola disclosed this during the 12th Ministerial Steering Committee and Experts Meeting for the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Development Programme in Lome, the Togolese Capital at the weekend.
However, Fashola said the project would be done in a flexible way in order to improve commuter service while also making it adaptable to the results of the feasibility and technical studies.
According to a statement signed by the minister’s special assistant on Communication, Hakeem Bello, Fashola, who is the chairman of the Ministerial Committee overseeing the project, expressed delight that while the personnel of Presidents and Ministers who launched the initiative have changed, the commitment to the project has not changed, adding that the Committee had now put in place a system where meetings were now being held Quarterly.
“From a period between 2013 – 2016 when no meetings were held because of changes in Government and personnel, we have now put in place a system where meetings are held Quarterly,” he noted, adding that the development had enabled the Committee to overcome the problems of signing treaties and loan agreements which dragged for a while but which happily have now been completed.
Pointing out that feasibility, technical, financial and related contracts which seemed so far from conclusion have now been signed, Fashola paid glowing tribute to the founding Presidents of the Committee for their vision of choosing “to go far as a team rather than going fast as individuals”.
While hosting the 9th Ministerial Steering Committee & Experts Meeting for the Corridor in Abuja last year, Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo emphasized the importance of the project describing it as a strong testimony to the strong relationship among countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
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