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Road Crashes: Corps Marshal advocates appropriate traffic management capacity



Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says appropriate management capacity in road traffic is imperative in reducing road crashes in the country.

Oyeyemi stated this in the agency’s Road Traffic Crash (RTC) Report for February, 2019, signed by him and made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, on Wednesday.

He said that deaths and injuries that resulted from road traffic crashes remained serious heart-breaking statistics globally.

“Reducing road traffic crashes therefore, requires appropriate management capacity demonstrated through availability of comprehensive and reliable data systems on the burden and risks of crashes,” he said.

The corps marshal also said that reducing the scourge also required sustainable funding to measure, target and monitor progress.

The report showed that in February, 396 persons died while 2, 354 others sustained various degrees of injury across the country.

“In the month under review, a total of 716 crash cases occurred, involving 5, 021 persons.

“The statistics indicate 27 per cent decrease in fatality, 25 per cent decrease in crashes and 30 per cent decrease in the number of people injured during the period when compared to the preceding month of January,” he explained.

He identified Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as the highest crash-prone route recording 42 crashes.

According to him, this was followed by Kaduna-Abuja with 33 crashes, Abuja-Lokoja with 31, Kaduna-Zaria with 12 and Lagos-Abeokuta with 10 crashes.

Oyeyemi said that speed violation accounted for the highest causal factor of road traffic crashes, with 393 cases representing 51.5 per cent within the period.

“Commercial vehicles constituted 63.5 per cent of the total vehicles in crashes in February, while private and government vehicles accounted for 3.4 per cent and 1.7 per cent, respectively,” he said.

He said that the crash analysis was intended to stimulate actions toward improving road safety in the country through the identification of key gaps and opportunities.

This, he said, was with a view to establishing an assessment of progress toward the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020).

The FRSC boss stated that the report was also intended to serve as an advocacy tool to generate further political action and resources to guide implementation, with the support of relevant government actors and stakeholders.

He appealed to the media to sensitise motorists to the risk of over-speeding as well as the need to install Speed Limit Device and adherence to traffic laws in the country.


Afghan fighting, roadside bomb kill 15 including 11 police in Badakhshan




At least 15 fighters including 11 local police personnel were confirmed dead as a clash erupted in Khash district of Afghanistan’s northern Badakhshan province on Saturday, provincial police spokesman Sanahullah Rohani said.

The clash flared up after Taliban militants launched massive offensives on several security checkpoints, triggering heavy fighting and both sides have suffered, the official added.

According to the official, a police van ran over a mine, leaving 11 officers dead while four militants including Mullah Hamid, the shadow governor of Taliban for Khash district were also killed.

Rohani said that a cleanup operation is underway in the area. The Taliban outfit has yet to make comment.


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Spotlight: United States jobless rate drops in May as economy reopens, road to recovery likely bumpy




New data showed United States unemployment rate dropped slightly in May as businesses gradually reopen across the country, an encouraging sign for the COVID-19-battered labor market. Despite that, analysts said job losses remain significant and the road to recovery could be bumpy.

United States employers added 2.5 million jobs in May, and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 13.3 percent, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Friday.

“The rise is a big surprise given that consensus estimates had called for a loss of 7.5 million jobs and a further increase in the unemployment rate,” Mark Vitner, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities, wrote in an analysis. The Wells Fargo Securities Economics Group had projected unemployment rate to jump further in May to 20 percent.

Vitner, however, noted that the weekly initial unemployment claims have been trending lower but remain “astonishingly” high. The Labor Department reported Thursday that the number of initial jobless claims in the United States totaled 1.88 million last week.

“The trend in continuing unemployment claims looks to be a more accurate guide to employment trends and suggests that employers have called back some workers as businesses re-opened,” Vitner said.

Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, a major accounting firm, wrote in a blog that job gains are “welcome” and suggest that the economy may have “hit a trough” in May, while noting that “losses remain significant.”

At a White House press conference, United States President Donald Trump touted the new job numbers, saying that the job surge is “widespread” and the nation will go back to have the “greatest economy” in the next few months.

Some economists, meanwhile, argued that the unemployment rate is “higher than it looks,” and is still high if all furloughed workers returned, according to an analysis released by the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) Friday.

“Even this very large official increase understates the increase in the unemployment rate from a historically-comparable perspective because it counts an extra 4.9 million people who were ‘not at work for other reasons’ as employed and also because 6.3 million people have left the labor force since February,” wrote PIIE senior fellow and Harvard professor Jason Furman, and Harvard Kennedy School research associate Wilson Powell.

“Adjusting for these factors our ‘realistic unemployment rate’ was 17.1 percent in May, down from the April value but still higher than any other unemployment rate in over 70 years,” they said.

Echoing their view, Joseph Brusuelas, chief economist at accounting and consulting firm RSM US LLP, wrote in a note that the “underemployment rate” — those out of work, discouraged, marginally attached or working part time for economic reasons — stands at 21.2 percent.

Earlier data showed that the unemployment rate previously soared to a record 14.7 percent in April, as COVID-19 continues to ravage the economy. The 10.3-percentage-point jump from March is the largest over-the-month increase since records started being kept in January 1948.

The latest jobs report showed that the unemployment rate declined by 1.4 percentage points to 13.3 percent in May, and the number of unemployed persons fell by 2.1 million to 21 million.

“These improvements in the labor market reflected a limited resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to contain it,” the BLS said in the report.

“In May, employment rose sharply in leisure and hospitality, construction, education and health services, and retail trade. By contrast, employment in government continued to decline sharply,” the bureau noted.

The BLS report also showed that the labor force participation rate increased by 0.6 percentage point in May to 60.8 percent, following a decrease of 2.5 percentage points in April.

Despite the improvements, the bureau said the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons are up by 9.8 percentage points and 15.2 million, respectively, since February.

Since late April, many United States states have started to reopen their economies, allowing certain nonessential businesses to operate under social distancing guidelines. As of late May, all United States states had been in some phase of reopening.

Manufacturing and services industries are also seeing signs of improvement, though at low levels. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) stood at 43.1 percent in May, up 1.6 percentage points from the April reading, indicating a manufacturing contraction for the third straight month, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported earlier this week.

The United States services sector contracted for the second straight month in May despite the gradual reopening, the ISM reported Wednesday. The non-manufacturing index registered 45.4 percent, 3.6 percentage points higher than the April reading.

Noting that the new job data showed “surprising strength in nonfarm employment,” Vitner said “while the economy is now on the road to recovery, that road is likely to have many twists and turns along the way.”

“Calling May the end of the recession really does a disservice to the more than 19 million still unemployed and the extraordinary challenges we face as the economy struggles to reopen with the rate of infection still high,” Swonk said.

Brusuelas said the unemployed people will require sustained policy attention. “Both the fiscal and monetary authorities will need to follow through on their current respective policy paths to ensure that whatever job gains from the May report that prove durable are not due to complacency by policymakers,” he said.

Meanwhile, nationwide protests triggered by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, have caused chaos in some cities as violence erupted between police and protesters, adding uncertainty to United States states’ reopening efforts.

According to a recent projection by the Atlanta Federal Reserve, the second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) will plunge by 52.8 percent at an annualized rate. It anticipated personal consumption expenditures, which make up about two thirds of the nation’s GDP, to fall 58.1 percent in the quarter.


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Cairo airport to receive 23 flights carrying Egyptians stranded abroad amid COVID-19 pandemic




Egypt’s Cairo International Airport is expected to receive on Friday 23 special international flights carrying Egyptians stranded abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The flights, with a total of 3,346 Egyptians, would arrive from Britain, Russia, Germany, Kenya, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon and others, according to state-run Ahram Online news website.

The airport will also receive four domestic flights from the Red Sea resort city of Marsa Alam after the conclusion of the quarantine period of around 400 Egyptian returnees from abroad, Ahram Online quoted sources at the Cairo International Airport as saying.

Egypt suspended the international flights on March 19 to curb the spread of COVID-19. Since then, several thousands of Egyptians returned home from across the world, including the United States, Britain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, Rwanda, Chad and Niger.

Egypt announced its first confirmed COVID-19 case on Feb. 14 and the first death from the highly infectious virus on March 8, both foreigners.

Until Thursday night, Egypt‘s total coronavirus confirmed cases had reached 29,767, including 1,126 deaths and 7,756 recoveries.

Since March 25, the Egyptian government has been imposing a nighttime curfew, which varied between nine and 13 hours, to curb the spread of the virus.

The current nine-hour curfew will continue until mid-June, when the government will consider easing relevant restrictions amid a coexistence plan to maintain anti-coronavirus precautionary measures while resuming economic activities.

The Egyptian government has started gradual reopening of services and offices, and allowed reopening of about 100 hotels for local tourists with 50-percent capacity after they were given official hygiene safety certificates.


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Monarch urges Kwara govt. to complete road projects in Irepodun LG



Oba AbdulWahab Oyebamire on Friday urged the Kwara Government to complete abandoned road projects in Irepodun Local Government Area to assist community farmers and traders transport their produce to the markets.

Oyebamire, the Aala of Ilala, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin.

He said that the farming season was here as well as the rainy season but the access roads and the link bridge to the community were yet to be completed.

The monarch said that the projects were about 80 per cent completed, saying that in spite of several letters written to the government to embark on completing the projects, nothing had been done yet.

“We are appealing to the government to complete the roads and the link bridge in the area because our wet and dry seasons’ farmers and marketers are experiencing untold hardship.

“They find it difficult to ply the roads and transport their produce from the farms to the markets daily and this challenge is affecting their economy and livelihood,” he said.

Oyebamire, however, commended the intervention of the state government on the measures introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

He said that the government extended the palliatives to the people of the community, saying that the palliatives cushioned the effects of the lockdown in the community.

“We appreciate the government of Kwara State for the quick intervention and consideration,” the monarch said.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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3 killed, 10 injured in Nigeria road accident




A motorbike rider flouted traffic rules and rammed into a moving bus, killing three people and injuring 10 others, in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano on Thursday, the police said.

The bus went up in flames, immediately causing the deaths and injuries between the towns of Sallari and Amasaye near the main city of Kano, said Zubairu Mato, head of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state.

The bodies of those killed and people who sustained injuries have been rushed to a local hospital, the official said. Further investigation into the incident has been launched by the police, he added.

Deadly road accidents are frequently reported in Nigeria, often caused by overloading, bad condition of roads, and reckless driving.


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Okowa pledges to connect Delta with roads, bridges for economic growth



Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Thursday, pledged his administration’s resolve to connect the state with roads and bridges for economic growth.

The governor said this while speaking with newsmen after inspecting the Alihami-Agbor-Nta-Oki road in Ika South Local Government Area of the state.

Okowa, who also inspected the Owanta erosion control road project and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Training School, Owa-Oyibu in Ika North East Local Government Area, said government would sustain roads development in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said that the importance of roads connectivity to economic development could not be over emphasised, adding that the prevailing pandemic could not stop good governance and infrastructural development of the state.

According to him, connecting the state with roads and bridges will ensure economic growth of communities.

He assured the people of Delta of his administration’s commitment to executing projects that would impact on their lives.

Okowa, who was conducted round the projects by the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Chris Onogba and his housing counterpart, Chief Festus Ochonogor said: “we will continue to execute programmes and projects that will make our people to be prosperous.’’

In spite of the COVID-19 and the slowdown of so many things we are doing as a state, there is need to go down and check the things that we intend to continue in the next few weeks.

“I first visited the Alihami-Agbor-Nta-Oki road; it was a surprise visit and the contractor himself was not on site but the workers were on site and it afforded me the opportunity to have first-hand knowledge of level of work being done.

“A lot of drainage work has been done and some sections of the road have been stone-based.

“That road is very important because when it is completed to Edo border, it means that those going to Jesse, Oghara and Sapele axis will have a much faster route.

“That is very good for us and our people because it connects Delta with a section of villages that are actually in Edo and then to the Jesse end.

“The road interconnectivity is good for commerce and economic development of the benefiting communities and we will continue to construct as many roads as our finances can enable us,” Okowa said.

The governor, who also inspected the Owanta gully erosion and road project, said that the place was terrible before now as several homes had been lost to the erosion, but expressed optimism that with the work being done now, several homes had been saved.

“It’s actually a project of Delta with the World Bank.

“This is one of the five sites in Delta and the contractor, Levante Construction is doing well.

“We are happy with the work being done and he has assured us that even through the rain they will continue working to ensure that a lot of homes are saved.

“We are in the process of awarding contracts for other erosion control projects in the state,’’ he said.

Okowa said the FRSC training school was a collaborative project between the state and the corps because “we believe that the school will have an impact on the economy of this area.’’

“We are providing the buildings; they will provide other needed infrastructure and provide the staffing to enable the school take off.

“Right from the lockdown, we allowed some contractors to return to site with strict adherence to the NCDC protocols and that is why we allowed the erosion control project to continue because it can have been very devastating impact.

“I am glad that the contractors are on course and they have assured me they will continue to work throughout the rains,’’ the governor said

The governor, however, revealed that the state had recorded 106 confirmed cases on COVID-19 to date.

He said that though the numbers were restricted to certain local government areas, the state had continued monitoring the development.

For us in Delta, we have 106 cases of COVID-19 now but they are actually restricted to certain local government areas at the moment.

“And we are monitoring the trend and whatever decisions we are going to take as we move into future is going to be based on the data that is available before us.

“This is to ensure that we are taking informed decisions and having a targeted approach; that is our intention and we hope that God willing, we will continue to do our best to combat the pandemic,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Grace Yussuf (NAN)



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Woman dies in Anambra road accident 



A crash at Egbebele, along Abatete-Oraukwu road, in Orumba North, Anambra, has left one person dead and two others injured.

Mr Andrew Kumapayi, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Thursday.

Kumapayi said the accident, which occurred at about 3:04p.m., could be attributed to the driver losing control of the vehicle due to excessive speed.

“Three victims were involved: two male adults and one female adult. They were in a Toyota Hiace bus with registration number AKD 758 FR.

“The driver lost control of the vehicle due to overspeeding and crashed into the bush.

“The victims were rushed to Iyi-Enu Hospital, where the female victim was confirmed dead and the corpse deposited at the morgue of the same hospital.

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and NIgeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were instrumental in the rescue operation,” he said.

According to an earlier report, another accident, involving four male adults, occurred at about 10:25.a.m. under the River Niger Bridge in Onitsha.

Kumapayi said the crash involved a Toyota Dyna, with registration number GDD 551 YE and a Suzuki vehicle, with registration number GDD 841ZP.

“The crash was caused by loss of control, with one person sustaining serious injury, while three others sustained minor injuries.

“The victims were rushed to Toronto Hospital Onitsha by the FRSC rescue team from Onitsha Unit Command,” he said.

While condoling with the family of the dead, the sector commander warned motorists against speed limit violation.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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UN Decade of Action: Stakeholders harp on enforcement, education to reduce road accidents



Some stakeholders in transport on Thursday canvassed increased enforcement of traffic laws and education of road users to reduce road accidents and resultant deaths.

The stakeholders spoke during an online meeting organised by National Drivers’ Merit Awards (NDMA).

The meeting was monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.


The two-day online meeting, which commenced on Wednesday, was organised to celebrate the end of the first UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011–2020).

The decade ended in the midst of a global pandemic, making the Road Safety Week and other activities to be  overtaken by the health crisis.

The online meeting was tagged: ‘’An X-Ray of the Decade of Action on Road Safety in Nigeria’’.

The meeting, moderated by Mr Ike Okonkwo and Mrs Bola Edwards, featured talks on: ‘Appraising the Decade of Action (2011-2020)’, ‘Data Integrity: A panacea for Effective Road Safety Management in Nigeria’ and ‘Road Safety Enforcement and Road Safety Education on a Scale’.

Mr Hyginus Omeje, the Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said at the meeting that enforcement and advocacies remained key in achieving the UN Action Plan of 50 per cent reduction in road accidents.

Omeje, who called on various state governments to institute viable traffic management agencies, said that road safety required strategic documents, training, right funding and personnel.

“How many state governments or local governments in Nigeria train their drivers annually?

UN Decade of Action on Road Safety needs the commitment of all; there is a need for private participation, also.

“We must engender safety right from the inside. Before fleet operators will operate, a lot of things must have been done (on drivers and vehicles).

“We need increased road safety education and culture,” he said.

The FRSC boss, who called for a national transport policy, said  that one of the reasons why motorists disregarded traffic laws was meagre penalties for offenders.

Another speaker, Dr Charles Asenime of the School of Transport, Lagos State University, attributed slow reduction in Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) to poor driving attitude and underfunding of road infrastructure, among other factors.

Asenime also listed the factors to include low enforcement and a depressed economy which forced motorists to patronise substandard spare parts for vehicle maintenance.

He decried lack of road safety education in primary to secondary schools, poor established driving schools and lack of modern teaching equipment such as traffic signal simulations in many driving schools.

The Executive Secretary of the Transportation Growth Initiative (TGI),  Dr Adeyemi Omidiji, said that driving culture in the country was dangerous.

He added that many road users could not interpret road signs.

“Enforcement and prosecution have impacted positively in changing behaviour pattern of motorists, thereby reducing the rate of RTC across the country,” he, however, said.

A discussant, Mr Hafis Toriola, Director, Transport Operations, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, said that enforcement and education were very key to road safety.

Toriola said that education would lead to voluntary compliance by motorists.

Another discussant, Dr Tolulope Olufunlayo, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Health and Primary Care, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, called for community engagement in road safety education and risk assessment.

NAN reports that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognises that road safety is a prerequisite to ensuring healthy lives, promoting wellbeing and making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020, officially proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in March 2010, seeks to save millions of lives by building road safety management capacity.

It also seeks to improve the safety of road infrastructure, enhance the behaviour of road users and improve post-crash response.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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Public-Private Partnership as panacea to road development



Public-Private Partnership as panacea to road development

A News Analysis by Naomi Sharang, News Agency of Nigeria

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation is one of the cardinal goals of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The United Nations (UN) has also underlined the importance of delivering quality infrastructure by stakeholders for enduring development in that regard.

Analysts note that the backbone for the development of any nation includes its physical infrastructure, comprising roads and bridges, power generation plants, power transmission and distribution networks and water, among others.

They note that providing infrastructure projects requires huge capital and tend to exert a strain on financing such projects by governments.

According to them, it will not be out of place for governments with limited resources to lookout for alternative financial, managerial and technical resources to deliver essential public infrastructure via partnership.

The Federal Government has, therefore, proposed a public-partnership partnership to assist it in tackling the odds against the delivery of quality infrastructure.

The Senate Committee on Works Chairman Adamu Aliero says the committee, as part of its statutory responsibility to citizens, recently embarked on oversight to ascertain the delay in completion of some of the roads that were awarded to contractors by the Federal Government.

Some of the roads listed for inspection by the committee include the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano dual carriageway, Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Sagamu-Ikorodu road and Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta road, among others.

For the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano dual carriageway, the contract was awarded on Dec. 20, 2017 to Julius Berger Plc. at a contract sum of N155.48 billion and has three sections — Zuba-Kaduna, Kaduna-Zaria and Zaria-Kano road.

Aliero who led the committee members on inspection of the road said that work began on Zuba-Kaduna, Kaduna-Zaria and Zaria-Kano road on May 21, 2018 and it is to be completed on May 21, 2021.

“We are not happy with the slow pace of work. The work is done at snail speed, Nigerians are worried as the road cut across three geopolitical zones of North-Central, North-West and North -East.

“It is a very important road in terms of the economic gains of the zones; the delay is unacceptable; there is no enough mobilisation on the part of the contractor,’’ he observed.

He called for public-private partnership to assist government in provision of roads as critical infrastructure.

“Going by what is happening now in the budget, there is no way the Federal Government can fund well more than 522 roads,’’ he said.

Aliero said that the Senate would amend laws to make Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives attractive to boost investments in roads and other infrastructure to bridge infrastructure deficit.

The senator also called on private investors to key into the tax credit scheme to ensure quality road delivery to improve the economy.

While inspecting the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Aliero said that the Federal Government was concerned about attracting investments to the country.

Aliero said that PPP was an alternative means of funding road infrastructure which business owners should adopt for the good of the nation.

The National Assembly is already seriously thinking of intervention legislatively by amending our laws to make investments and PPP more attractive.

Already PPP is on the top agenda of the 9th Senate; and indeed the entire National Assembly, we will encourage the private sector to go into construction of infrastructure, not only roads but also railways and power,’’ he said.

He commended the tax credit scheme adopted by the Dangote Group for the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonsoki Expressway project and advised other businessmen to key into it.

“If this is done, it will facilitate the rehabilitation or reconstruction of the road sector in the country instead of relying on the annual budgeting of rehabilitating or constructing.

“The road will be built by the private sector and they can recover their money through payment of taxes with an arrangement with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)’’, he said.

He commended the quality of reconstruction and rehabilitation work and the technology being used on the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonsoki Expressway to make it durable.

He also expressed satisfaction at the adequate mobilisation of equipment and personnel on various sections to deliver the project on schedule.

“This is the way to go because this is a road linking two major sea ports in the country; Tincan Island and Apapa port and this is where haulage of heavy goods is being ferried to different parts of the country apart from Lagos.

“Most of the imports from the north pass here before they eventually go to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“Some will go to South-East through Benin expressway some even to South-South, to different parts of the North-Central and North-East.

“It is a major road which should be constructed very well and we are very pleased with what we have seen.

The progress of work is good and we have no doubt that if the contractor maintains the pace, the project will be completed and delivered on time,’’ Aliero said.

Similarly, Gov. Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, noted that the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road was a very important road that was at the heart of Nigeria and it had deteriorated to the point that something had to be done.

el-Rufai, however, noted that with an annual budget of N169 billion for federal highways, it was clear that alternative sources of funding must be found.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos noted that the state government had advertised for construction of the fourth mainland bridge through PPP

The fourth mainland bridge is supposed to be like a ring road, it is supposed to be a 37- kilometre bridge and super highway.

“We have got expression of interest by both local and international companies. They are now at various levels of procurement,’’ he said.

Also, Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun said that public-private partnership was fundamental to the economic growth of the country.

The Lagos State governor and I observe that these roads are common to both of us and affecting the economy of both states and the quality of life of our people.

“What we should do is how to encourage a public-private sector partner to come and partner and let us tell the Federal Government to transfer some of the south- west roads.

“We requested that these roads, Sagamu-Ikorodu and Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta be transferred to us because they are commercial roads and we will privatise them and we will not revert to the Federal Government for any refund,’’ he said.

However, stakeholders are optimistic that before the end of 2030 when the SDGs are supposed to be achieved, critical infrastructure such as road development would also be realised.

The SDGs set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly are a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.(NANFeatures)

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