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Floods: FG to spend N97bn on damaged roads

The Federal Government has allocated N97,2 billion as a special intervention to repair 156 flood-damaged portions of federal highways and bridges across the country.Information Guide Nigeria

This occurred as a result of the government’s confirmation that the Second Niger Bridge will open to traffic on December 15th.

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More than 3.2 million people across the federation were impacted by the devastation caused by the flash floods caused by intense rainfall.

This prompted the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret. ), to order the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, to lead and coordinate the Ministries of Environment and Transportation, as well as state governments, in developing a comprehensive plan of action for preventing flooding nationwide.

But in a press briefing titled, “State of Roads During Ember Months,” the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed on Thursday that incidences of severe flooding in most states had an adverse effect on the nation’s road network which resulted in the need for special intervention.NYSC portal

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According to him, the actions were in line with the ministry’s goal of ensuring that federal highways are passable after each rainy season and that roads damaged by extreme flooding are made passable.

Fashola disclosed that N17.1 billion was allocated for 24 roads in the North-Central region; N10.8 billion for 22 roads in the North-East; N5.8 billion for 11 roads in the North-West; N7.76 billion for eight roads in the South-East; and N33.7 billion for 30 federal highways in the South-South.JAMB portal

Other initiatives included the allocation of N8.78bn for the restoration of 23 highways in the South-West and N13bn for the rehabilitation of 38 bridges.

He stated that funding for Special Intervention Programs and Erosion Control would be granted through an omnibus provision in the Appropriations Act for 2022.

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He said, “There are One Hundred and Fifty-Six (156) damaged sections of roads and bridges in the six Geo-Political Zones and major links to the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation that require urgent palliative works to avoid further deterioration.”JAMB Result


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