The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has disclosed that the rehabilitation of access roads at Apapa Port in Lagos State will soon begin.
Fashola, who pointed out that the project is a priority project of the Federal Government, made this known to newsmen on Friday in Abuja.
He, therefore, appealed to residents of Apapa and its environs affected by the deplorable state of the roads to be patient with the federal government.
“We have done the design and all that we needed to do is to commence the execution of the project.
“I can assure you that it is going to be a concrete road that, I believe, will last for another 30 years when completed.
“A couple of private companies have offered to work with us to fix the roads and I think in a matter of weeks, we should be able to commence work.
Fashola, who revealed that the ministry is very close to sealing the deal, said two meetings were held in the last 10 days with a number of construction companies, adding that what is left now is for both parties to formally sign the MoU.
He said the delay in its commencement followed the commitment of the ministry to ensure transparency in the procurement process of the project.
According to him, irrespective of the fact that it is private money, there has to be some transparency in the procurement process.
“We must follow the approved procurement guidelines because in government if we receive a gift, it must have a value and you must declare that value.
“We needed to get certification of all the prices as well as approval from the Federal Executive Council to commence the project and that is the only delay.
Fashola said that provisions for budget funding of Apapa, Tincan Island and Mile2-Oworoshoki road has not been sufficient.
He said that the estimated cost from contractors for the project was in the region of over N100 billion, adding that the annual budgetary appropriation approved was just about N7 billion.topics from