FG Approves BUA Funding For Dualisation Of Sections Of Benin-Lokoja Highway


The Federal Government (FG) has approved immediate funding of 30km dualisation of three sections of the Benin-Lokoja Highway, to be funded under the Tax Credit Scheme by BUA Group.

Minister of Works, Engr. David Umahi disclosed this on Thursday, March 21, 2024, during a meeting with all the contractors handling the Benin- Lokoja Federal Highway in Abuja.

Umahi explained that the Ministry took some steps to review the texture of the pavement of the project to conform to the innovation introduced by the Renewed Hope administration to ensure the best standards and durability:

“I first went through the road in September, and when I went through it, I was very satisfied that the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) and the Ministry did a very fantastic work. All I did was to keep the project but review the texture of the pavement.

“And so, we allowed the existing carriageway to be on asphalt and then reviewed the new carriageway to be on concrete. Being satisfied, so we went through the process of notifying the BPP, and from there, we went to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and graciously, the FEC approved, and so we are in the process of signing an addendum to the contract.

“Mr. President has approved that BUA Group should do 30km of the road in 3 locations multiplied by 2, that is 60km on Tax Credit”, he said.

The Minister also commended BUA Group for their interest in handling the construction of the 30 km carriageway under Tax Credit Scheme and said the intervention was targeted at the critical sections of the road as already isolated when he last visited the Benin- Lokoja road.

He stated, “Let me commend BUA plc very highly because on their own they had indicated interest to do about 30km of the road on tax credit. That was one of the reasons I decided to go and revisit the road to know the section they needed to do and also to open the road. So, we had to open the road.

“We appealed to the road transport workers, that work would start Monday, the next week. That was 18th, and indeed, we briefed the President, and then Senator Adam Oshiomhole now came with the full weight of his person”.

Speaking on behalf of the people of the area, the Senator representing Edo North Senatorial District and Chairman, Senator Committee on Interior, Senator Adams Oshiomhole praised the determination of the Renewed Hope administration of Mr. President in changing the socio-economic narrative of the nation.

This, he noted was being done through aggressive road infrastructure transformation and the uncommon commitment of the Minister of Works in achieving the vision of Mr. President on road infrastructure development.

He also noted that the Ministry under Engr. Umahi had recorded unprecedented performance in road infrastructure development within the shortest period of time:

“I was shocked that within 72 hours this Minister did not only hear the word of the President, he packaged what I have seen from the briefing to be a doable and workable approach to solving a problem that four or five ministers before him could not solve. So I wish to ask us to appreciate his energy, his drive, and his focus, without which we will not be here today”, Oshiomhole said.

On his part, the Group Executive Director of BUA Group, Kabiru Rabiu, assured of the commitment of the company to delivering the project within a record time.

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