Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road project to cost N4bn per km – Umahi

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The Federal Government has disclosed that the construction of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road project will incur a cost of N4 billion per kilometer. This revelation, made by the Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, underscores the significant financial investment required for this expansive infrastructure endeavor.

With the project spanning 700 kilometers and an estimated total cost of N15 trillion, the government is embarking on one of the most ambitious road construction projects in recent times. The road is envisioned to traverse multiple states, including Ogun, Ondo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, and Akwa Ibom, ultimately linking Lagos to Cross River.

In preparation for the project’s execution, the Federal Government has announced the imminent commencement of demolition activities along the route. Federal Controller of Works in Lagos state, Korede Keisha, conveyed this information during a press briefing, emphasizing the need for affected property owners to engage with the Ministry’s Secretariat in Lagos to facilitate necessary procedures.

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Despite criticisms from various quarters, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Labour Party’s 2023 presidential candidate, Peter Obi, who have questioned the project’s viability and prioritization, Umahi has defended the government’s stance. He refuted allegations of mismanagement and fraud, asserting that meticulous scrutiny has been undertaken to ensure cost efficiency and project viability.

Umahi also reiterated the government’s commitment to completing the road within an eight-year timeline, reflecting President Tinubu’s emphasis on fiscal prudence and accountability in infrastructure initiatives.

This announcement underscores the immense financial commitment and logistical complexity associated with the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road project, signaling the government’s determination to address infrastructural deficits and promote regional development.

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