12 March 2020. Voice of Nigeria: The Cabinet has approved ₦29.4 billion for the completion of work on the on-going construction of the Enugu-Onitsha highway linking Enugu and Anambra States.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola m,ade this known while briefing State House Correspondents on decisions reached at the weekly cabinet meeting presided over by President Muhamamdu Buahri.
Fashola said the approval was for the 9th mile section of the road, that the contractor hitherto handling it has now been disengaged.
“We had one memorandum in respect of the 9th Mile section of the Enugu-Onitsha Highway just to disengage the contractor who was previously handling that 15-kilometre section and award it to the contractor that now has the majority of the rout, which is RCC. That section was determined and approved for re-award to RCC so we now have a wholesome strategy to complete that road.
“Of course, the 9th Mile section, as you might know, is a very tricky, difficult area; very steep, dangerous, a point of many accidents before, so we have to change design and do a lot of other alterations in quality to ensure now that we manage, not only the erosion there, but that very good work is done.
“So, Council approved that in favour of Messrs RCC for the sum of ₦29.4 billion. It’s rolled into the existing contract, which I think was for 24 months,” Fashola explained.
The Enugu-Onitsha highway had been abandoned for long but the current administration is determined to complete it.