Nigeria’s Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, has announced plans to construct two superhighways connecting major economic hubs in the country. The highways will extend from Abuja to Lagos and Port Harcourt to Lagos, and will be constructed through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative.
“The superhighways are expected to boost economic activity and improve transportation efficiency in Nigeria,” Umahi said in a statement. “They will connect major cities and industrial centers, making it easier for businesses to transport goods and services. The highways will also create jobs and opportunities for Nigerians.”
The government is working to secure funding for road projects from a variety of sources, including the private sector, development partners, and the national budget. Umahi also emphasized the need to prevent unnecessary cost overruns and specification variations.
“We are committed to completing projects on time and within budget,” Umahi said. “This will ensure that Nigerians reap the benefits of these projects as soon as possible.”
The construction of the superhighways is part of the government’s broader plan to improve transportation infrastructure in Nigeria. The government is also committed to advancing the use of reinforced concrete for road pavements across the nation.
“Reinforced concrete is renowned for its ability to withstand heavy loads, including the weight of large vehicles, with minimal deformation, offering extended service life without significant maintenance,” Umahi said. “Additionally, the adoption of reinforced concrete paves the way for leveraging local materials and reducing dependency on imported components, a common source of contract variations in Nigeria.”
The construction of the superhighways and the government’s commitment to efficient road project execution are positive developments for Nigeria. The superhighways will boost economic activity and improve transportation efficiency, while the use of reinforced concrete for road pavements will extend the lifespan of roads and reduce maintenance costs.