The federal government has said it is working with the Nasarawa and Benue state governments on a compensation scheme over the dualization of the Abuja-Keffi-Lafia-Makurdi highway project.
This was disclosed by Mr Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, on Tuesday, in Lafia, during a visit to Nasarawa state to inspect the road and other Federal Government projects, reported by the News Agency of Nigeria.
The Minister revealed that the compensation issues had affected the speed of the project, citing that the FG is working with the communities in Nasarawa and Benue States to identify the real beneficiaries for the payment of compensation so that the scheme would not be hijacked by middlemen.
What Fashola said
“Though progress is being made, there are places that are avoided for now because we still need to deal with the compensation issues.
“Agitation does not solve problems, we are working in collaboration with the Nasarawa and Benue States Government, we are working toward resolving this problem,” he said.
On the Loko-Oweto bridge project linking Benue and Nasarawa states, Fashola said the bridge had been completed, adding that the approval of 74 Kilometres road from Nasarawa to Loko – Oweto bridge to three contractors for speedy completion of the road was given.
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Recall Nairametrics reported last week that Fashola said Nigeria’s largest indigenously-founded telecoms company, Globalcom will reconstruct 64 km Ota-Idiroko road in 2022, under Federal Government’s Tax Credit Scheme.
“From Ota to Idiroko, we don’t have a contract there, but Chief Mike Adenuga of Globacom has offered to construct that road using the tax credit system.
“So, that has also started, they are doing the design and hopefully, by sometime early next year, they should mobilize to site.
“The real reconstruction is going to happen if we have a deal with Glo,” he said.