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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

My regime has fulfilled promise on road development - President Buhari

-President Buhari promises that his government would continue to work on the country’s road network

- He says road transportation is important to the economic development of Nigeria

- The construction work at the Zungeru Hydro Power Plant attains 45 percent completion

President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration has fulfilled the promise it made in May 2015 as regards developing road infrastructure in the country.

Speaking at a one-day public enlightenment forum organised by the federal ministry of power, works and housing on developments in the road sector, Buhari promised that his government would continue to work on the country’s road network.

The president who was represented by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha at the event on Monday, March 19, said administration had raised the country’s budgetary commitment for capital projects from 15% to a minimum of 30%, The Punch reports.

The president who noted that road transportation was important to the economic development, said his administration has prioritized development of infrastructure in the country.

He said: “Presently, the haulage of industrial goods and raw materials, agricultural produce, petroleum products, power plant components and many other equipment are carried about using the nation’s road network. It was this realisation that underscored our promise of change in May 2015 with infrastructure as a priority. This we have fulfilled by policy and action.

“It is on record that this administration has raised our annual budgetary commitment for capital projects from 15 per cent to a minimum of 30 per cent and committed to a fiscal stimulus targeted at infrastructure. The result is a revival of construction activity on highway projects nationwide.

“From 2015 to date, my administration has constructed and rehabilitated several hundred kilometres of interstate federal roads and bridges to ease the movement of persons, goods and services.”


He urged participants to change in attitude towards enhancing the country’s road policies, adding that only then will the country be able to get value for its investments.

Meanwhile, the federal government on Wednesday, March 14, said that the Zungeru Hydro Power Plant currently under construction by the Chinese company EEC/SinoHydro, was 45 per cent complete.

The 700MW project, which is located in Zungeru, Niger state, is expected to be completed at the end of 2019.

Speaking to journalists during a site visit to the project, deputy director, energy resources, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Engineer Olatubosun Owoeye, said six turbines would be installed.

Owoeye stated that when the project is completed, it would not only increase power generation but equally improve the economic activities of host communities.

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