By Henry Ibya, Abuja
The present administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has spent over N120 billion on road construction/rehabilitation since its inception in 2011.
The Minister of Works, Arc. Mike Onolememen, stated this while speaking at this year’s ministerial platform, a mid-term report on the progress and achievements of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s administration organized by the Federal Ministry of information, held at the National Press Centre, Radio House, Abuja.
According to the Minister, in two years there have been reconstruction and massive rehabilitation of roads across the country.
The Minister disclosed that before the coming of the administrations of President Jonathan in 2011, not more than 22 percent of federal roads were in good condition noting that within two years, the Jonathan administration has delivered to Nigerians over 32 road projects with about 59.8 percent of roads in good condition covering about 200kilometers against the 22 percent done by previous administration.
In a further break down, he said out of the N126billion which was the cost of the entire projects, about N120billion has been paid to contractors leaving only a balance of N6billion.
He said government has completed the dualization of Ibadan-Ilorin road section 1, Ibadan- Oyo road as well as on going construction of Wamba road in Plateau state.
According to the Minister, the dualization of the Enugu-Port Harcourt road, Abuja-Lokoja road, Kano-Maiduguri road assuring that Benin-Shagamu express way will be completed by the first quarter of 2015 and last quarter of 2014 respectively.
The Minister also gave assurance that some ongoing road projects including the Gombe – Potiskum road; Jeba-bridge in Kwara state; Otukpo –Oweto road in Benue state; Wukari – Takum road in Tarraba state; and Oguta road in Imo state as well as the second bridge of River Niger and the Loko – Oweto bridge across River Benue in Nasarawa state promised by the Jonathan administration will be completed on time to fast track social economic activities and national integration.
Arc. Onolememen also disclosed that the administration has introduced six zonal monitoring teams in the six geo-political zones of the federation to report to the ministry issues that need prompt attention maintaining that this has been done to make the management of the nation’s road network more effective and efficient.
The Minister while calling on Nigerians to join the transformation agenda of President Jonathan through their support expressed optimism that if only within two years government can achieve such feat in road construction and rehabilitation, he is sure that the other two years ahead will bring about unprecedented development in all spheres but more in the works sector.