The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in Nigeria says it has embarked on special operations to prepare for the 2018 Christmas and New Year season.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, stated this while briefing State House correspondents after Wednesday's meeting of the Federal Executive Council, presided over by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
He said, for us in the Power, Works and Housing Ministry, end of year means so many things; it means heavy commuter activity on our roads, it means heavy cargo, so it's a pressure-cooker time.
Fashola said the ministry has held meetings with the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, to prepare for the heavy traffic on the roads during the season.
We have apportioned responsibilities on roads which FERMA will repair. The FRSC has earmarked routs where they will patrol. They have issued guidelines for passenger behaviour. We don't want people who have no training in motor vehicle use. In essence, uncertified and unlicensed drivers must stay off the federal highway. We have given them mandate because we want people to arrive safely, drive carefully and to be appropriately trained to use the roads.
Fashola said the ministry has identified 53 major corridors across the country where our contractors have roads under construction.
With the agreement we reached with our contractors they will maintain working gangs throughout the one and half month period up to the 19th of January, our men will be working to ease movement nationwide.
The Minister also said all the zonal directors have been asked to go and resume in their zones, while none of the controllers would go on leave until the end of January next year.
Fashola said that the Federal Executive Council approved N1.6billion variation for the contract for Osegudu-Uweto road, which links the Loko-Oweto Bridge in North Central Nigeria.
He said this followed the review memorandum he presented at the cabinet.
He said the initial contract sum for the contract, which was awarded in 2010, was about N7.9billion, and that the sum has been reviewed to about N9.5billion.
The Osegudu �Uweto Road links the road to that bridge on the Benue side that helps to connect Nasarawa from the Loko side to Benue.
The importance of the Loko Bridge, which we have substantially completed, is that it is the bridge that links the north and south of Nigeria, unlike the old Niger Bridge and the second Niger bridge which links the east and west of Nigeria.
This road will substantially, linking the bridge, reduce journey time from that part of the country and the eastern part of Nigeria, especially people who link through Makurdi, Enugu all of that coming to Abuja.
It will reduce your journey time to a couple of hours instead of few days that it currently takes.
Source: Voice of Nigeria