Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Trans-Saharan roads: Abuja-Algiers Road ready in three years – minister

Trans-Saharan roads: Abuja-Algiers Road ready in three years – minister


Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says the trans-Saharan Road linking Abuja with Algiers in Algeria will be completed in three years.

Fashola said this during a joint inspection visit to the ongoing Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Markudi and the Abuja-Kaduna roads which are part of the trans-saharan roads.

The inspection was part of the programme schedule for a two-day 70th session of the Trans Sahara Road Liaison Committee (TRLC) which began on Nov. 11 in Abuja.

He said: “What we are concerned with in this committee is the Lagos to Algiers highway.

“The Lagos-Ibadan-Oyo Road, the Jebba-Mokwa-Kaduna-Kano Road, and the Abuja-Kano Road are the major components.

“So Mali is doing its own, Algeria is doing its own, Niger is doing its own. Every country is handling their own.

“The Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Dual Carriageway of 375.9km has three sections and would all be completed within three years,’’ Fashola said.

He added that part of the project, being handled by China Harbour Engineering Compay Limited (CHEC), is the expansion of 5.4km of the Abuja-Keffi Expressway and the dualisation of the Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Makurdi Road.

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