Umahi Engages North Central Governors on 477km Cross River-Abuja Highway Project

Engr. David Umahi
Engr. David Umahi
Engr. David Umahi

Minister of Works, Engr. David Umahi, has reached out to North Central governors and key stakeholders from Nasarawa, Benue, and Kogi States to garner support for the federal government’s planned 477-kilometer Cross River-Ebonyi-Benue-Kogi-Nasarawa-Apo superhighway.

During a stakeholders’ meeting organized by the Federal Ministry of Works in Lafia, Nasarawa State, Umahi emphasized the project’s significance, describing it as a vital investment that will boost the nation’s economy.

Out of the total 477 kilometers, 284 kilometers will traverse the North Central region. Specifically, Nasarawa will have 95 kilometers, Kogi will cover 111 kilometers, Benue will have 66 kilometers, and the FCT will include 12 kilometers.

Umahi assured that this superhighway, a legacy project of the current administration, would provide substantial benefits to all Nigerians, particularly those residing in the affected states.

The minister also reaffirmed the federal government’s commitment to completing other major highways, including the Lagos-Ondo-Edo-Delta-Bayelsa-Rivers-Akwa Ibom-Cross River and the Sokoto-Kebbi-Niger-Kwara-Oyo-Ogun-Badagry routes. These projects will feature reinforced concrete that can last up to 50 years without maintenance.

“Each section of these roads will be constructed with reinforced concrete and will include six lanes, a train track, and solar streetlights. The benefits of these legacy projects are immense. The Sokoto-Badagry section, for instance, will include 53 dams. A well-constructed concrete road will not require maintenance for 50 years. We aim to complete the first 47.7 kilometers of the Lagos-Calabar section by May next year, with tolling to commence immediately,” Umahi stated.

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He further mentioned that the federal executive council had mandated the identification and prioritization of long-standing, incomplete federal projects across various states.

Addressing the North East’s request to be linked to these legacy road projects, Umahi expressed his intent to consult with stakeholders from the region to explore possible connections.

Chairman of the North Central Governors Forum and Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, expressed gratitude to the federal government for undertaking the long-awaited project and pledged full cooperation to ensure its successful implementation.

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