The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said the federal government is committed to finishing all ongoing projects within three years.
Fashola gave the assurance on Saturday evening after inspecting work at the Loko-Oweto Bridge over River Benue. The bridge connects Loko and Oweto communities in Nasarawa and Benue respectively.
He said the federal government would make funds available to pay contractors as soon as they delivered completed projects.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari have expressed very clear commitment to finish the ongoing and abandoned projects.
“We are focusing on completion of ongoing projects; this is one of the many ongoing projects.
“Lagos-Ibadan expressway is one of them; Kano-Maiduguri is one of them; Ilorin-Jebba is one of them and the Second Niger Bridge is one of them.
“All those projects now, the contractors are moving back to site and work is beginning. Gradually over the next three years we would complete many of them,” the minister said.
Fashola expressed confidence that the resumption of construction activities would stimulate expansion of infrastructure, create jobs and generate commercial opportunities for the people.
He said when completed, the Loko-Oweto Bridge would boost socio-economic activities in Nasarawa and Benue.
“You will see those who lost their jobs; they will come back to work. You would see increased merchandising and supply of building materials.
“When this project is completed, it would open up these communities; connect Nasarawa State and Benue; farmers would benefit from the movement and transportation of their farm produce.
“I am optimistic that we would get this project completed in 2018,” Fashola noted.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the Loko-Oweto Bridge contract was awarded to RCC Nigeria Limited in November 2011 at N36.1 billion with original completion date of November 15, 2015.
The project was stalled in 2014 due to lack of funding and currently, at a revised contract sum of N51.6 billion, the project is scheduled for completion in 2018.