Nigerian Governors to construct federal roads

Governors of the 36 states of the federation have agreed to take over the construction and management of some federal roads under a Public Private Partnership-PPP arrangement.
The governors are to submit to President Muhammadu Buhari a strategic plan that would guide the handover and management process.
Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, who briefed journalists at the end of the National Economic Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja, decried the deplorable condition of roads in the country.
Umahi, who was joined at the briefing by his Kwara and Kebbi counterparts as well the Director General of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Segun Awolowo, also lamented that the axial load of more than 35 tonnes trucks carrying mostly fuel and other goods was responsible for the failing highways nationwide and directed the Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, to also come up with a strategy to regulate the weight of heavy trucks plying the nation’s roads.

Also speaking, the Governor of Kwara State, Abdul-Fatah Ahmed also announced the constitution of a National Committee on Export Promotion to give vent to the country’s economic diversification plan, adding that the committee to be chaired by his Jigawa counterpart, Abubakar Badaru, is to work with various institutions to ensure that states truly take ownership of the processes of export promotion.

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