FG To Construct Highway Linking Lagos to Calabar in Cross River
Federal Government plans to construct a super highway to link Lagos to Calabar in Cross River.
Also, the proposed Lagos-Calabar coastal highway project will passes through Badagry, Lagos fourth Mainland bridge, Lekki Deep Seaport, Ogoja, and Ikom to five points in the North on its way to Calabar in the Niger Delta Region.
Meanwhile, Works Minister, Senator Dave Umahi, said federal government was already in talks with a contractor, Hi-tech Construction Company, on the proposed road project.
Umahi announced the project at a meeting with engineers from the ministry of works on Saturday in Lagos.
He explained that the proposed super highway, which would be tolled on completion, is to be constructed on the basis of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
The minister said the contractor had already source for fund for the financing of the road project, which would be executed in phases.
Umahi revealed that the project is expected to stimulate tourism and include industrial clusters, such as hotels, factories, housing estates, and other amenities.
However, the minister acknowledged that the project would encounter challenges due to its passage through mangroves, mashy areas, flood plains, and various soil types.
“The Lagos-Port Harcourt-Calabar coastal highway is the first of its kind in the whole of Africa,” he said.
The consultant to Hitech, Nicholas Rizk, said the project would traverse diverse topographical areas and benefit nine states along its route.
“It connects with the federal roads going from Lagos to Sokoto, Warri to Kaduna; Port Harcourt to Kano-Maiduguri; and Calabar to Maiduguri.