Daily Trust (Abuja)

19 April 2010

Nigeria: FG to Re-Gazette All Roads in the Country

The Federal Ministry of Works would be reviewed to strengthen its regulatory arms, Minister of Works Senator Sanusi Daggash announced in Lagos during an inspection tour of the Lagos-Ibadan Express way.

Daggash said, "We intend to re-gazette all roads in the country, we intend to carry out a strategic review of the Federal Ministry of Works because as it is today, the role of the Federal Ministry of Works is changing. We have to strengthen the regulatory arms of the Federal Ministry of Works." He said the action was necessary in order to have control measures on highways as the dependence on road traffic agencies was overburdening. The Minister said federal government in partnership with the private sector would rehabilitate federal roads across the country to stem the high incidence of carnage. "Since the road is for everybody, we must have respect for law and order, we have to have control measures and hazard signs on our highways so that we can protect lives and property that is always wasted in our country," he stressed.

Chairman of Bi-Courtney Consortium Wale Babalakin (SAN) said the major challenge facing the project was exercising the right of way as there had been encroachments from state governments who had built structures on the right of way.

Babalakin said that the Consortium had achieved some success at reducing traffic bottlenecks created by vehicles parked along the highway.

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