Second Niger Bridge: What Fashola Wants
Do Nigerians deserve another bridge linking South-South Nigeria with the South-East region? The answer has been yes since Imo River.
But whatever has happened to the project is what has confounded many Nigerians.
Now, Nigeria’s super-minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, is asking the government to provide full funding if it wants the project to see the light of the day.
He also took the same position for the Lagos-Ibadan expressway project.
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Fashola told the House of Representatives on Tuesday that the two projects were “very critical” to the country’s economy and could not be left to the lengthy processes involved in negotiating a Public-Private Partnership arrangement as a funding alternative.
To achieve adequate funding through budgetary appropriation, the minister noted that the support and understanding of the National Assembly was priceless.
The minister warned that the delay in the completion of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, for instance, could begin to impact negatively on the economy in the coming years.
“In a few years’ time, our economy will feel the impact of the non-completion of this road. It is in our best interests to give it the desired attention,” he stated.
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