The Federal Government will focus on the completion of ongoing road and bridge projects in the country rather than beginning new ones , in the implementation of the 2021 budget , the Minister of Works and Housing , Mr Babatunde Fashola , has said .
According to a statement by the Ministry of Works and Housing on Sunday , Fashola listed roads whose completion would be prioritised during the budget year to include those categorised as A1 – A9 .
He added that 18 of such road projects, which had reached appreciable level of completion , had been identified across the country for completion within 12 to 15 months.
He said the decision to prioritise the projects was in line with the mandate of the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ), whom he recalled repeatedly emphasised the necessity to focus the budget on completion of projects.
Fashola noted that other categories of road and bridge projects the ministry would focus on for completion during the budget year also included those that had attained 70 per cent completion .
He said the ministry would also focus on the maintenance of about 50 bridges nationwide as a measure to avoid further deterioration of the structures, which he described as critical .
“ Bridges like the Third Mainland Bridge , the Koton Karfe Bridge and the Makurdi Bridge are part of about 50 bridges being rehabilitated simultaneously among others, ” the minister stated .
He added that the ministry also had its focus on the completion of the construction of Chanchangi Bridge along Takum – Wukari Road in Taraba State and Ikom Bridge along Calabar – Ikom Road .