The federal government has approved the sum of N72.9 billion for the reconstruction of Creek Road, Tin Can Island, through Apapa-Oworonsoki- Toll Gate end of Lagos-Ibadan expressway. This was disclosed by the minister of power, works and housing, Babathnde Fashola, after the federal executive council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, yesterday. Fashola disclosed that the 27km 10-lane highway (270.8km in total) was being rebuilt on a public-private partnership arrangement.
The approval that the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing secured today (yesterday) was for the reconstruction of Creek Road, Tin Can Island, Beachland Estate right through to Oworonshoki and all the way to the Lagos end of the Toll Gate end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. “This is the full reconstruction of that road which was built, l believe, around 1975 as part of first port expansion undertaken then in the 70s. That road then was intended to evacuate cargoes out of Lagos without running through the spines of the city. As you have variously reported, it was in the state of disrepair. Council now approved its reconstruction at the cost of N72.9 billion.
“This is a full reconstruction excluding the fact that between Coconut and Mile 2, which had been done by the previous administration, is not involved. “Some things are instructive about these. First, it will be done through PPP model. The constructing company will be the Dangote Group. It will be financing that construction to the tune of N72.9 billion as certified by PPP. “Another instructive thing to note is that this is the first full reconstruction of that road since it was constructed in 1975 or thereabout. All previous efforts had been to repair damaged sections. So, it is going all the way to reconstruct the road.
“The third thing to note is that the entire construction involves the procurement of 27.8 kilometres made up of 10 lanes – five lanes on both sides, three on the main carriageway, two on service lanes. So, essentially, you are constructing about 79.8 linear kilometres and that also includes drainage and use of extensive cement work and rehabilitation of bridges.” The minister said the project was the federal government’s strategy to end the gridlock in that axis. “We expect contractors to move to site. This is our own long-term solution to the problem contributed by the road congestion there. This will provide an enduring solution to what is currently being experienced by commuters,” he said. Also, during his briefing, the minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, said the federal executive council had approved an action plan on anti-money laundering and combating terrorism financing. He said in view of Nigeria’s suspension from Egmont Group, the action plan will showcase Nigeria’s new measures to combat these vices, adding that the document was processed by stakeholders in money laundering and anti-terrorism agencies.
Malami also disclosed that FEC had ratified the transfer of jailed persons between Macau, China and Nigeria. He said, “It was reviewed and approved by FEC. They can be returned to serve their terms in Nigeria, with more access to family and rehabilitation. This will need to be similarly ratified by Macau before it comes into force.” The minister declined to make comments when asked about the continued detention of former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki.