The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has demanded for the whooping sum of N100bn for the design and other requirements needed for the reconstruction of the Apapa road in Lagos State.
According to the minister, Apapa area was a priority to the Federal Government under the ministry’s programme in order to resolve the issue of roads leading to critical ports in the country.
The Special Adviser to the Minister on Communications, Mr. Hakeem Bello quoted Fashola as making this statement at a retreat in Abuja on Sunday.
He said the minister noted that what was left on the Apapa road was to sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding before proceeding to the Federal Executive Council for approval.
“We also have Calabar on our radar. But one by one, there will be an enduring solution. We’ve done the design, we’ve done everything for Apapa; it is ready. It is going to be a concrete road, I believe, that will last another 30 years. So, we are close to starting work.”
He said that work would start on the road in a couple of weeks, adding that irrespective of the fact that the funds of the companies offering to support the project were private money, there had to be some transparency on how to move ahead.