The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Bababtunde Raji Fashola, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is laying a solid foundation for the economic growth and prosperity of Nigeria.
Fashola stated this at the flag-off ceremony for the reconstruction of the 34-kilometer Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota Expressway, a road built between 1975 and 1978, which he tagged as main artery of all our import and export businesses.
He added that the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota Dual Carriageway will improve the socio-economic lives of the people, generate employment opportunities for both skill and unskilled labour.
The minister said the Buhari administration, in its wisdom, entered into partnership with the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote for the reconstruction of the road due to his belief and commitment in the Federal Government Ease of Doing Business Initiatives.
Fashola stated that Dangote believes in investing enormous wealth in Nigeria – a place Dangote truly regards as his home, adding that Nigerians should continue to pray for his successes.
The minister charged tanker and trailer drivers to exercise caution and decorum while driving on our busy roads, stressing that there are thousands of other road users whose rights of ways. He enjoined the security agencies to refrain from extorting illegal fees from drivers but partner with them so that Nigerians will witness the seamless flow of traffic, especially during this Ember month season.
Earlier, Dangote stated that the partnership for the reconstruction of the expressway is a laudable project that will usher in significant infrastructural development, stressing that the financing is coming from his organization’s corporate taxes to the Federal Government.
Before the Flag-off ceremony, Fashola commissioned the 4-kilometer Wharf Road in Apapa reconstructed by the trio of Messrs AG, Dangote, Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC and the Nigerian Ports Authority as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.
Credit: Daily Trust