The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has disclosed that Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) has authorized the sum of N29 billion for the construction of roads connecting Sokoto and Jigawa to the Niger Republic borders.
Fashola, while briefing state house correspondents after the FEC meeting in Abuja, explained how it would be done and constructed in an orderly manner.
“The first is Belle/Kurdulla to Niger Republic border road in Sokoto; it is in favour of Messrs North Sea limited joint venture with Ceasar Engineering, at N9.57 billion. The 46 kilometres project is to be completed within 24 months.
“The second one is for Kunya to Niger Republic border phase two which is in Jigawa State at the sum N19.76 billion,” he said.
He added how long the roads would be and how beneficial they would be.
“The length of the roads is 50 kilometers and council considered and approved this memorandum on the justification that it is critical to executing our mandate under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and ministerial mandate, to improve infrastructure.
“It is also critical for the enablement of business across borders, particularly now that we have taken an affirmative position on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, and the market in that area of the country does a lot of trade across borders,’’ he said.