Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen has launched the Agaie-Katcha-Baro road construction project, set for completion in January 2016.
The US$87.9m project is expected to begin from Agaie town at a T junction along Lambata–Bida federal highway, and terminate at Baro inland port. Construction of the road will involve the 28.7km Agaie-Katcha section to be converted to a 7.3 meter wide asphaltic concrete carriage way. It will also have 2.75 meter wide surface dressed shoulder on both sides. Last five kilometers will be converted to a rigid pavement.
According to the Minister, the road construction project was primarily awarded to the M/S Impresit Bakalori plc in 2009 but terminated in 2012 due to poor performance. Now it will be undertaken by M/S GR Building & Const. (Nig) Ltd after the company was awarded the tender in 2014. On completion, the road project is expected to ease free movement of goods from Baro port to northern Nigeria.
“The construction of this road becomes very imperative due to anticipated high vehicular traffic resulting from the dredging of river Niger and the consequential increase in import activities at Baro Inland Port,” he added.
Nigeria has also initiated a number of other road construction projects, including the Northern roads to stretch from from Epe in Lagos State stretching to the Nigerian border with the Camerouns; and the president recently approved US$182m for road construction projects.