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Tinubu to Inaugurate Construction of Sokoto-Badagry Coastal Highway

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President Bola Tinubu is set to kick off the construction of the 1,000-kilometer Sokoto-Badagry Coastal Highway in August. This announcement was made by the Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, during a stakeholders’ engagement on the project in Birnin Kebbi.

Umahi disclosed that the President had instructed him to visit Kebbi, along with other ministers and National Assembly members, to present the details of the project. The minister emphasized that this initiative revives the historic West African Trade Route, with plans underway to commence the construction of a six-lane superhighway spanning 1,000 kilometers. The project will begin in Kebbi State, which is the largest beneficiary, with the initial phase covering three lanes on each side of the road.

“Kebbi State holds the lion’s share of this project. The first phase involves constructing a 258-kilometer section through Kebbi, the largest beneficiary among the states involved. Another 120 kilometers of the road will pass through Sokoto State. This superhighway will connect Illela, near the Niger Republic border in Sokoto, all the way to Badagry in Lagos State,” Umahi explained.

Umahi highlighted that the Sokoto-Badagry corridor features 53 dams intended for agricultural use, electricity generation, and facilitating trade with other African countries. He compared the project to the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, describing it as a significant investment in Nigeria’s economic future, with expected benefits in security, tourism, transportation, and industrial growth.

Additionally, the minister addressed the slow progress on the 55-kilometer Gadar Zaima-Zuru road in Kebbi State, noting that only six kilometers had been completed. He criticized the behavior of some international contractors who abandon projects after receiving payment, warning that the federal government would not tolerate such actions and would reassign contracts to competent local contractors if necessary.

He also expressed concern over the limited work done on the 87-kilometer Koko-Mahuta-Dabai road, where only six kilometers had been reconstructed. “I have the authority to revoke contracts. Governor Nasir Idris has suggested that the Kebbi government take over the project and seek reimbursement from the federal government,” Umahi noted.

Umahi expressed disappointment with the progress on the Malando-Warrah road and mentioned other neglected projects, such as the 55-kilometer Argungu-Natsini road and the Jega-Kwanar Sanagi-Kebbe road. He emphasized the importance of durable concrete roads in the North, capable of lasting 100 to 200 years. He underscored that only contractors with the appropriate equipment for building concrete roads would be engaged in future projects. “Good roads are crucial for agricultural mechanization, security, transportation, vehicle longevity, and economic growth. This is a part of President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Legacy Infrastructural Projects,” Umahi stated.

Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi praised the Sokoto-Badagry Super Highway as a significant achievement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, noting that President Tinubu had revived a project that had been dormant for nearly 50 years. “We are confident in President Tinubu’s ability to deliver. This project fulfills the long-standing aspirations of Nigerians,” Idris remarked.

The Director of Federal Highways, Bridges, and Design, Mr. Bede Obioha, provided additional details, noting that the six-lane highway would pass through several towns in Sokoto and Kebbi States before extending to Badagry.

The Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Sama’ila Muhammadu Mera, pledged the support of traditional rulers for the road project, assuring that they would mobilize their communities to ensure its successful completion. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Works, Senator Barinada Mpigi, along with committee members Senators Adamu Aliero and Aminu Tambuwal, and the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Works, Mr. Akin Alabi, expressed their commitment to providing legislative support for President Tinubu’s infrastructural development initiatives aimed at promoting socio-economic and industrial growth.

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