Trans-Saharan Road Liaison Committee, TRLC, has expressed complete satisfaction with Nigeria’s contribution to the achievement of over half of the 1,100km it was allotted in the ongoing Africa-wide road project.
The Secretary General, TRLC, Mr. Mohammad Ayadi who conveyed the message at the occasion of the 65th Trans-Saharan Road Liaison Committee session in Abuja yesterday, told Journalist at the sideline of the event that TRLC project overall, targets 5,000km across Africa.
Speaking for the entire visiting TRCL delegates, he stated, “We are satisfied because Nigeria has built more than 1,100km and Nigeria has dualised more than half of this kilometre.
“The project is not just for Nigerian roads only; it’s meant to foster information exchange, trade, facilitation, technicalities among other factors around the African Nations,” he said.
While explaining their current position, he said although there’ve been challenges in accessing funds to facilitate the project, but three of its wealthy member countries- Nigeria, Tunisia and Algeria have constructed almost all the totality of their respective sections.
The project which have been on for over 40 years, according to Mr. Ayadi, “Algeria, from Algiers to the Niger border, the road is coated with over 2,400 km. The construction of 1, 400km has been completed, while on the Mali portion, 240km have been constructed.
“In Nigeria, 1,100km have been constructed of which over half is already twice two lanes between the Lagos-Ibadan traffic that experience 70 thousand vehicles per day, while Tunisia has totally coated their road from Hazoua on the border to Tunis,” he said.
The Secretary General later explained that those member countries less wealthy are also contributing. He mentioned Niger and Chad, adding that they were only given 225 and 416 kilometres respectively.
Concurring, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola who noted the relevance of the programme, said it came at a time when there is a compelling need for integration of socio-economic activities amongst African countries.
He stated that, “It is therefore, evident that connecting Africa with an efficient road network remains the most effective way to improve the socio-economic development amongst the nations.
“Nigeria attaches Great importance to the development of the Trans Sahara road, I am also glad to inform you that Nigeria has made significant progress on the project. This includes Lagos-Ibadan dual carriageway which has a length of 127.70km and under reconstruction” he said.
Fashola stressed that the 65th session of TRCL further offers member countries the opportunity to strengthen the existing bilateral relations and provide an avenue to access the extent of work undertaken to complete the Trans Sahara Route.
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Engr. Abubakar Magaji, commended the efforts of the member countries and their delegates, noted that out of the total length of 9, 500km of the road project, 8,000km has been surfaced with bitumen.


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