NNPCL to invest N1.9tr in 44 federal roads

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) is to invest N1.9 trillion in the reconstruction of 44 federal roads, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) gave the approval yesterday.
The Council gave its nod under the tax credit policy.

Yesterday’s FEC was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, briefed State House correspondents on behalf of the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.

He said: “The Federal Executive Council approved the recommendation to invest in the reconstruction of selected federal roads under the Federal Government Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Policy (Phase II) by the NNPCL and its subsidiaries.

“So, the council approved the proposal by the Ministry of Works and Housing for the reconstruction of 44 proposed federal roads with a total length of 4,554 kilometres in the total sum of N1.9 trillion.’’

Akande said the council also approved the concession of nine federal roads, adding that the roads were spread across the country.

He added: “In another memo, the Minister for Works and Housing also got the approval of the council for concessionaires for nine road corridors under the pilot phase of the value-added section of the Highways Development and Management Initiative following the issuance of the requisite full business case compliance certificate by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission for 25 years for each road corridor as follows.

“The roads that will be under pilot phase are: the Benin-Asaba corridor; Abuja-Lokoja-Onitsha-Owerri-Aba; Shagamu-Benin; Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga-Makurdi; Kano-Maiduguri; Enugu-Port Harcourt, Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta and Lagos-Badagry-Seme.”

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