Federal Government is currently considering alternative sources of funds, aside budgetary provisions, for execution of road projects across the country.
Briefing State House Correspondents yesterday after meeting with the President, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Dauda S. Kigbu disclosed that Buhari was passionate and committed to the improvement of the status of Nigerian roads.
“The President is committed to developing this country and he is passionate about roads because roads are central to national development. He confirmed that he will look into the suggestion because if you look at the multilateral support, for example, it always has some moratorium period, a reasonable period for repayment and the interest charged is almost one percent,” Kigbu said.
On which of the projects the President considered important, Kigbu said “The projects span across the entire country and I will not be able to tell you that one is more important than the other because you know the complexity of this country.
“I can however tell you that we are working right now on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway; we are also looking at Enugu-Port Harcourt Road and Mokwa-Bida Road as well as a number of others across the country.”
Asked what he told President Buhari at the meeting, he said: “I took the President through the activities of the Ministry of Works. As you may be aware, 90 percent of the ministry’s mandate is mainly on roads.
“I went through all the major projects across the country and I emphasised the need of seeking other windows of funding outside of the national budget, particularly looking at PPP model as well as looking at various supports like multilateral supports from agencies such as the World Bank, African Development Bank and similar bodies,” she said.
On the state of the Second Niger Bridge, he said “There are ongoing activities on the second Niger Bridge, as we speak, particular early works. Remember that that particular project is under the PPP which I have elaborately mentioned.”
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Alhaji Abdullahi Ahmed Yola, was also at the State House yesterday to brief the President on the activities of his ministry.
“We have briefed the President on how we conduct ourselves concerning the maintaining of the rule of law in the country. As you know, rule of law is one of the cardinal policies of this administration and we have given him a rundown of what we have been doing from 2011 till now.
“We also pledged to continue cooperating with him to ensure that all the promises he has made to Nigerians as far as they relate to rule of law are achieved, “ he said.
Asked if his ministry is involved in efforts by government to receiver looted funds, he said: “If the ministry receives investigations concluded by the responsible agencies, we will play our part, we will play our part with the prosecution of whoever has been found wanting and the security agencies have concluded investigation on that. At the moment the ministry is not in receipt of any report concerning that. “
Also, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Abdulkadir Musa, told State House correspondents that his briefing with Buhari centred on jobs creation.
Musa said in the days ahead, the current administration would be doing everything possible to attract more investments and encourage business enterprises.