223 ongoing highway projects to gulp N1.63trn -FG

The Federal Government yesterday put the contract sum of the 223 on-going highway projects scattered across the six-geopolitical zones of the country at N1.63trillion. It also added that while a total of 333.71km of roads had been rehabilitated between January and June, a total of 172.64km new roads had been constructed within the period under review.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Dr. Abukakar Muhammad gave the statistics while presenting a brief of the activities of the ministry to a Peer Review Team led by the Head of the Service of the Federation, Goni Aji. Goni Had visited the ministry with a team of eight Permanent Secretaries as part of the decisions reached at the Body of Permanent Secretaries to constantly review the performance of the MDAs. Giving a run-down of the activities of the ministry, Mohammad, said that his ministry had 223 ongoing highway projects at the cost of N1.63trillion. He also told the Head of Service Team that out of the ministry’s 2013 capital budget of over N141.48bn, the sum of N42.088bn was released as at the end of 2nd quarter.

Out of the total sum released to the ministry, the Permanent Secretary noted that approximately N41.5bn was expended, representing 96.54 per cent untilisation. According to him, while 25 highway projects are currently undergoing procurement process under the 2013 budget, two projects along Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway are awaiting the approval of the Federal Executive Council.

He expressed the determination of the ministry to change the face of the Nigerian road sector, stressing that priority attentions were now being placed on some arterial roads across the sixgeo- political zones of the country.

“In line with the transformation agenda of the present administration, the ministry is determined to continually transform the road sector with a view to delivering better roads across the country for Nigerian road users in the years ahead, he stated. In his remarks, the HOS, Goni Aji stressed the need for all permanent secretaries to take kin interest in the activities in the various MDAs with a view to comparing notes.

He said, “Each permanent secretary should be interested in the developments in the other MDAs other than his own domain. We agreed that we will be very much focus in our vision and we deploy all the honesty to the mission. That is why we agree to be going out to the MDAs from time to time and talk to ourselves and compare note so that will can keep standards and keep the

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