FG Commences $10m Abuja Pedestrian Bridges
Minister of Works, Mr Mike Onolememem, Tuesday commenced the construction of six pedestrian bridges at a contract sum of $10 million (about N1.6 billion) in different parts of Abuja.
The bridges will be built across Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway by Tafawa Balewa Way (Old Secretariat junction), Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway by Olusegun Obasanjo Way (Wuye junction) and Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway by Ahmadu Bello Way (Banex junction).
The others will be at Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway by Shehu Shagari Way (by NICON junction), Shehu Yar’Adua Way by Okonjo-Iweala Way (VIO Mabushi junction) and Shehu Yar’Adua Way by Ladi Kwali Way (Sheraton junction).
At the ceremony at Old Secretariat junction, Area 1, Garki, Onolememem said the project being handled by three contractors over a period of six months clearly underlined the government’s objective of reducing road fatalities on Nigerian roads, especially in Abuja, by 50 per cent as part of the Road Corridor concept.
“Our determination in this regard cannot and will not in the least be compromised because the lives of our citizens (pedestrians) crossing these roads are vital for our socio-economic renewal as indeed national transformation,” the minister said.
According to him, the occasion symbolised the ministry’s dedication to the task of exploring innovative and resourceful ways of funding the road safety intervention in the road sector.
He added that given the highly capital-intensive nature, the technology and skills requirements in the sector, the nation’s huge infrastructure gap could not “conceivably” be bridged by relying solely on the public purse.
He stated: “Accordingly, the collaboration between the World Bank and the Federal Government in financing this project at a ratio of 9:1 respectively under the Road Sector Development Team of the Federal Ministry of Works is therefore imperative and represents the way forward for all critical infrastructure in line with the Federal Government’s policy of promoting partnership with multi-lateral and private sector financiers.”
In a brief address, the Unit Manager, Road Sector Development Team, Ishaq Mohammed, said the six bridges in two phases were awarded to Messrs Dutum Company Ltd., Rural Steel Bridging Ltd. And Enerco Nigeria Ltd.
Phase 1 consists of four pedestrian bridges while phase 2 has two pedestrian bridges and three traffic management measures along some selected roads in Abuja.