FG Announces Commencement of Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway Construction Segments in Calabar and Akwa Ibom

The Federal Government has announced the commencement of construction of section three of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, starting from Calabar in Cross Rivers State, and section four from Akwa Ibom, pending the completion of the procurement process.

This announcement was made by the Minister of Public Works, David Umahi, on Thursday during a meeting with representatives of communities along the route of the road between Eko Atlantic (Chainage Zero) and Eleko (Chainage 47.4 km) in Lagos.

“Let me also announce that Mr. President has directed that section three commencing in Calabar and section four commencing in Akwa Ibom must commence immediately; and so, we are in the process of concluding the acquisition.

“And for those who have been saying why not start these roads in Calabar, one, ground zero is Lagos and what harm has Lagos done to these people?

“However, an impartial President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Bola Tinubu, has ordered that sections three and four be commenced from the end of the project. So as this moves, the other one will move.

“I am sure sections five and six will also start in places like Port Harcourt and Bayelsa,” Umahi said.

What you should know

The Lagos-Calabar coastal highway project, designed to stretch 700 kilometers and pass through nine states, was awarded to Hitech Construction Company Limited in an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Financing (EPC+F) agreement, where the majority of the risk. of the contractor and the federal government provides matching funds.

The Federal Government commenced construction in March 2024, beginning with the first phase of the project, which extends 47.47 kilometers from Lagos.

Following public outcry, especially from politicians like Atiku Abubakar, who claimed that the project was not scheduled to be completed as it begins in Lagos and not Calabar in Cross River State, the Minister of Public Works, David Umahi, clarified that Later sections will begin in other states along the highway. route.

The news continues after this announcement.

The second segment is designed to extend approximately 55 kilometers from the Lekki deep seaport, where the first section ends, to the border between Ogun and Ondo states. This phase has received approval from the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

Umahi earlier revealed that the third section, which will begin in Calabar, Cross River State, will commence in July, pending completion and approval by the BPE and the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Additionally, other segments of the highway will be constructed independently, including a segment stretching from Port Harcourt in Rivers State to Bayelsa State and another from Delta State to Ondo State.

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