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FG seeks AfDB funding for coastal and trans-Sahara highways projects 



David Umahi

The Federal Government, through the Minister of Works, David Umahi, has commenced negotiations with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to secure funding for vital segments of the coastal and trans-Saharan highways within Nigeria.  

The talks regarding potential financing took place at the Minister of Works’ office in Abuja on Tuesday, involving a delegation from the African Development Bank, spearheaded by Mike Salawou, the Director of Infrastructure and Urban Development, as detailed in a statement the ministry’s website. 

Umahi highlighted that the Coastal and Trans-Sahara Highways are set to offer lasting infrastructure and foster industrialization along their paths.

These highways are anticipated to form an extensive network of well-paved roads, facilitating a robust transportation system and trade routes across the North-South corridors.  

The Minister pointed out that these routes are ripe with investment opportunities in infrastructure development, spanning the hospitality industry, tourism, agricultural production, real estate, parks, and industrial sectors. 

Umahi stated that funding sought from the African Development Bank (AfDB) would be required to tackle the sections of the coastal and trans-Sahara highways not yet constructed, awarded, or taken over by concessionaires under the Highway Development and Management Initiative (HDMI).  

Speaking about the coastal highway project, the minister said it would stretch 700 kilometers, connecting Lagos to Cross River and weaving through the coastal states of Ogun, Ondo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, and finally ending in Cross River, adding that there would also be extensions like the spur to the Ogoja road and the African Trans-Sahara Road leading to Cameroon.  

Umahi further highlighted that the coastal road project has been meticulously planned in sections to ensure systematic development and execution. He revealed that the first section of phase one, measuring 47.47 kilometers, was awarded to Hi-tech Construction Limited last week.

According to him, this initial phase stretches from Ahmadu Bello Way to the Lekki deep seaport, culminating at the Lekki Peninsula.  

The subsequent phase of the coastal road, approximately 57 kilometers long, aims to extend from the end of phase one to the border between Ogun and Ondo States.