FG to prioritize critical economic roads in 2017 – FasholaBack

Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works, Housing and Urban Development on Thursday disclosed that the present administration will prioritize construction of economic roads and five other priority areas in 2017.

Fashola gave the assurance during the 2016 budget performance held at the instance of the joint House Committee on Works, Urban Development chaired by Toby Okechukwu.

According to him, the sum of N150.4 billion or 52 percent of capital component of the 2017 budget was proposed for such routes while N43 billion or 17.8 percent would go to the second priority roads categorised as agriculture producing hub across the country.

He also said roads related to petroleum products as well as another set of road dealing with agriculture would take N8.9 billion or three percent of the capital component of the budget.

He also said provisions are made for roads with  counterpart funding while roads within government tertiary institutions would also be given attention based on geo-political zone.

On the 2016 budget performance, Fashola disclosed tbat at least one road construction is ongoing in each of the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) across the federation.

The Minister explained that significant number of the federal roads required immediate repair when the present administration took over power in 2015, adding that about 200 legacy roads were either inadequately funded or not funded by the previous administration for average of two to three years.

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