FG APPROVES COMMENCEMENT OF WORK ON NIGERIA -SEME- BENIN ROAD

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, says the Federal Government has approved commencement of work on the Nigeria-Seme-Benin Republic road project. Mr Hakeem Bello, the Special Adviser to the Minister on Communication, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Fashola was quoted as disclosing this at the 12th Ministerial Steering Committee and Experts Meeting for the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Development Programme in Lome. The minister, who is also the chairman of the committee, said that the project would be executed in a flexible…

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MOTORISTS SLEEP ON LAGOS IBADAN EXPRESSWAY AS GRIDLOCK CONTINUES

Akinpelu Dada, Oluwatobi Akindele and Deji Lambo Following an accident, which led to a petrol tanker spilling its content on the Ibafo end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Tuesday, many motorists have recounted their ordeal in the resultant gridlock, which lasted till Wednesday afternoon. PUNCH Metro had reported that the tanker was hit by a speeding truck, which made it to spill its content. Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Ogun State Police Command, the Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps and fire service personnel immediately cordoned off the…

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FAAN ADVISES TRAVELLERS OVER GRIDLOCK ON LAGOS AIRPORT ROADS

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Sunday issued travel advisory to passengers following the deteriorating traffic snarls on the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) road in Lagos. The road linking the international airport from the popular 7 & 8 along Oshodi has been under construction for the past one year Work on the 10-lane road has reached a crescendo in recent times as the contractor was said to have increased the speed of work with a view to delivering the project before…

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2,143 DRIVERS UNDERGO MENTAL TESTS OVER TRAFFIC OFFENCES SAYS FRSC

Rasheed Bisiriyu The Federal Road Safety Corps on Thursday said it had in the last three months referred 2,143 drivers to specialist hospitals to ascertain their mental health status. It said the motorists were among 2,360 arrested for various traffic offences in Abuja as part of its Operation Cobra, an initiative for the arrest and prosecution of motorists found to have violated traffic rules towards restoring sanity to the nation’s highways. The Corps Marshal, FRSC, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the figures in Lagos on Thursday at a press briefing to…

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FG TO REINTRODUCE TOLL GATES ON FEDERAL ROADS

Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government on Monday said it would reintroduce tolling on the nation’s highways to raise the much needed funds to maintain the roads. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, stated this while addressing members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, who visited him in his office in Abuja. The minister’s position may be an endorsement of the Senate’s proposal in July for the return of tolls on federal roads and the setting aside of 0.5 per cent of transport fares paid by…

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KOGI INDIGENES CRY FOR HELP AS MAJOR ROAD BECOMES IMPASSABLE, SEE PICS

Kogi state residents have cried out for help as section of their roads remains unmovable. According to some visuals which was sent to us, the road is really in its pitiable condition. This is a spot on trunk A road between Kabba and Ayere in Kogi State. The road so bad that youths have to saw some trees and blocks before cars can pass through that road. Someone please tag Gov. Yahaya Bello, Mr. Babatunde Fashola. See more pictures below..

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FG TO REINTRODUCE BICYCLE RIDING IN ABUJA: ROTIMI AMAECHI SAYS

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, says the Federal government is planning to reintroduce Bicycle riding in the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja. The Minister disclosed this when he spoke at the end of the 15th meeting of National Council on Transportation with the theme: ‘Efficiency of Inter-modality in Transportation: Panacea for Economic Recovery.” in Sokoto state yesterday Monday, September 4th. “The National Council on Transportation is a policy making Council and we have approved that we should do a pilot project on bicycle riding in FCT because it is the only…

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MANY DIE AS TRAILER LOADED WITH PEOPLE, GOODS CRASHES. IN KATSINA

  Scores of people have been feared dead as a trailer loaded with building tiles and people lost control and fell. The accident occurred along Sheme- Yankara road in Katsina. A witness said the trailer which was coming from Funtua and heading probably towards Gusau or Sokoto had many people on top of the load it was carrying. He said the propeller of the trailer loosened, forcing the trailer off the main road and either throwing away the people perched on it or falling on them. “I can’t tell you…

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NO MONEY WAS ALLOCATED TO 61 FEDERAL ROADS IN THE BUDGET SAYS FASHOLA

 Wale Odunsi  Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday said lack of budgetary provision was slowing down his ministry’s plan to intervene in 61 roads across the country. Fashola disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said, “I want to sincerely empathise with commuters using that road (Apapa-Oshodi Expressway) at this moment. The raining season is not very helpful for ministries departments and agencies…

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EFCC BEGINS INVESTIGATION OF FAILED FEDERAL ROAD PROJECTS IN SOUTH-EAST

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it has initiated investigations into failed federal road contracts in the South-East. The commission has invited all contractors awarded various road contracts by the federal government for questioning. The EFCC’s Zonal Head of Operations, Johnson Babalola, said this on Tuesday in Enugu while briefing journalists on the activities of the commission in the past seven months in the area. Mr. Babalola said that probe became necessary in view of the deplorable condition of the roads in the zone. “The deplorable condition of…

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