The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved contracts for the construction of two roads linking Nigeria’s borders with the Republic of Niger. The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, disclosed this while speaking with Journalist after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.
According to Fashola, the first road is 46 kilometres Balle – Kurdulla -Niger Republic border road in Sokoto, which is to be constructed for 9. 576 Billion naira in 24 months. The second road approved, is the phase II of Kunya – Niger Republic border phase II in Jigawa State at 19. 763.567 billion naira.
The minister noted that: “It is not only critical to execute our mandate under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and ministerial mandate to improve infrastructure, but also for the enablement of business across borders particularly now that we have taken an affirmative position of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.“The market in that area of the country (Nigeria/Niger borders) does a lot of trade across borders. So, this is a good boost for business as well.”