A federal government delegation led by the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, comprising minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Dr George Akume and the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, yesterday stressed that infrastructure development remains one of the key priorities of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Speaking during the inspection of Loko-Oweto Bridge in Nasarawa State, Lai Mohammed said part of the current administration’s agenda was to revamp infrastructure in the country.
According to him, “We are here to inspect Loko-Oweto Bridge, this is part of our campaign promises, to showcase to Nigerians precisely what efforts the Buhari administration is making to ensure that it leaves a legacy of infrastructures to Nigerians.
“We would recall that about two weeks ago we were in Lagos to inspect the Lagos-Ibadan standard railway and we are here today to inspect Loko-Oweto Bridge and I’m proud to say that this bridge is 97 per cent completed as you can see this is the way to answer those that are saying this government is not doing anything.”
He said that the bridge is a link between northern part and the southern part of the country.
“As you know Benue and Nasarawa are agrarian states and Benue State as the food basket of the nation, so this bridge is going to make life more meaningful to the road users especially farmers,” he said.
“The road from here to Benue State is already completed which is 106 kilometers from Loko to Nasarawa, the 76 kilometers is not yet completed but we are assuring you that this bridge will be ready for commissioning by the end of this year.
“The minister of works is also working tirelessly to make sure that the road is completed and I am also glad that the Emir of these two areas have expressed happiness on how this bridge will help in the area of insecurity and integration between the two communities.