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Infrastructure: Tinubu commissions construction of Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, restates benefits of project

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (middle) at the Official Flag-Off Construction of Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, while H.E. Engr. (Sen.) Dave Umahi, Honourable Minister for Works (l); Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State (r), and Senate President Godswill Akpabio Watch at the Event, in Lagos

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, activates construction of the iconic 700 Km Highway, 10-lane Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, describing the project as a crucial road infrastructure and part of his administration’s efforts at enhancing connectivity, facilitating economic growth, and improving the quality of life for Nigerian consumers

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, has described the ongoing construction of the iconic 700 Km Highway, 10-lane Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway as a road project represents a crucial step in his administration’s efforts at enhancing connectivity, facilitating economic growth, and improving the quality of life for Nigerian consumers.

ConsumerConnect reports President Tinubu stated this in his address presented at the official flag off of the construction of Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway flagship project, two other legacy projects, and rehabilitation of roads and bridges nationwide Sunday, May 26, 2024, in Lagos.

The President said the event marked a significant milestone in the country’s journey towards progress and development.

He stated: “The flag off of this 700 Km Highway, a 10-lane road project represents a crucial step in our efforts to enhance connectivity, facilitate economic growth and improve the quality of life for our people.

“This project is more than just a road – it is a symbol of hope, unity, and prosperity. It will connect our communities in nine states, foster trade and commerce, boost tourism and create new opportunities for generations to come.”

In a comparative analysis of same iconic project and its socio-economic benefits in other lands, President Tinubu noted that a similar road in Ireland, called the Wild Atlantic Way, 2,600km long is expected to fetch €3 billion (Euro) a year in tourism revenues.

Gratitude to stakeholders for quality work

Appreciating the stakeholders on the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project, the Nigerian leader commended H.E. Engr. (Sen.) Dave Umahi, Honourable Minister for Works Honourable Minister for Works and the Staff of the Ministry, for ensuring that the contractor delivers good quality work.

He equally said: “I want to express my gratitude to the team of engineers, workers, and stakeholders who have worked tirelessly to bring us to this point. Your dedication and expertise are the driving force behind the take-off of this project.

“As we embark on this journey, let us remember the importance of safety, sustainability, and social responsibility. Let us work together to ensure that this project benefits everyone, and that we leave a lasting legacy for our children and grandchildren.

“This is not only a legacy project of this administration but a dream come true that will connect some neglected towns and cities along the coastal route.”

In regard to other key benefits of the project, Tinubu explained both Tin Can Island and Apapa Ports, in Lagos, are becoming shallower thereby limiting the size of ships that can berth at those strategic ports over time.

He stated the Lagos State Government in partnership with private investors, however, developed Lekki Deep Sea Port located in the state, which “does not have a link road.”

According to him, it is obvious that the construction of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway is a good development that will open up businesses and investment along the project corridor.

He further said: “The potential of this road is enormous because it will have two spurs which will link up with Sokoto–Badagry Expressway which is under procurement and African Trade Route which connects South-East to Cameroon, thereby connecting every region of the country.

“It is worthy to state that the model of EPC+F (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Plus Finance), which the Ministry is adopting is commendable.

“This sees the Federal Government investing while waiting for private investors to bring on board their counterpart funds.”

Appeal for understanding to make project a success

President Tinubu, in his address on Sunday, further appealed for the understanding of the general public, especially those whose properties and sources of livelihood would be impacted by the road infrastructure project.

He assured: “We all make some sacrifice to enable our country grow…. But be rest assured that this government is a compassionate government that cares for you and will do the utmost to offer succour, by way of compensation.”

Tinubu stated: “May God continue to bless our dear Nation Nigeria.”

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