The Nigerian Cabinet has approved N56.
2 billion for two projects in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhamad Musa Bello disclosed this to newsmen at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday 19th January 2022.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Minister, Mr Tony Ogunleye and made available to Journalists, the projects are for; “The full scope development of the FCT Highway 105 (Kuje Road) from Airport Expressway to Kuje Junction (Stage 1), at the cost of N54,946,909,160.
04 and the construction of access road and car Park for the Abuja Light Rail Gbazango Station (Lot 7) at the sum of N1,291,568,845.
While providing insight into the justification for the two projects, the Minister explained that the construction of the road from Kuje to Airport Expressway became necessary because; “The existing 2-lane single carriageway road is grossly inadequate to carry the current traffic and is presently in a deplorable condition requiring frequent rehabilitation.
He said when fully constructed, the road will open up for development, parts of Phase V of the Federal Capital City (FCC) as well as open up the Kuje Satellite Town while connecting the Airport Expressway to the future Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX) in line with the Abuja Master Plan.
The project the Minister added would also decongest the vehicular traffic originating from the Federal Capital City (FCC) to Kuje and provide free traffic flow along the route as well as provide an alternative route to Gwagwalada road.
He said the 9Km road with a spur to Kyami district, “Is one of the key regional roads of the Federal Capital Territory that traverses the FCT from the North to the South that is planned to link other future Federal Roads to the FCT and other parts of the country.
On the access road and car Park for the Abuja Light Rail Gbazango Station, the Minister said the public attraction to the completed Gbazango Train Station in the area has necessitated the need to provide immediate access to-and-from the train station and to further enhance the maximum functionality of Abuja Rail Mass Transit System (ARMTS) of the Federal Capital City (FCC) due to commenced operation.
According to him, “The project, when completed, will help to create access and open up the area to allow for physical development to be realized.
It will further reduce traffic pressure being experienced on the existing roads within the area as well as link up with the Outer Northern Expressway-ONEX (Murtala Muhammed Expressway).
He added that the facility would improve security, create job opportunities as well as enhance the socio-economic activities of the FCT.
The Gbazango Station located within the Gbazango area of Kubwa Satellite Town is planned to start from the existing Arab Road and connect the train station through a service facility corridor in Gbazango and Kubwa.
FEC: Federal Capital Territory gets N56bn for projects