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FG awards Lagos-Calabar coastal highway to Hitech

The Federal Government has awarded the construction of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway to Hitech Road Construction Company.

The development was announced by the Minister of Works, Mr Dave Umahi, during a meeting held in Lagos with engineers from the Federal Ministry of Works and the contractor’s team, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

Umahi emphasized that this project, which aims to enhance connectivity across the nation, reflects President Bola Tinubu’s strong commitment to Nigeria’s restoration and rapid development.

He stressed that President Tinubu is eager to expedite the project’s commencement as part of his efforts to improve the country.

The minister disclosed that this initial meeting was the first step in the process, with another meeting scheduled in two weeks to finalize the construction agreements.

The project will be executed as a Public Private Partnership and will be tolled upon completion, with the contractor already securing the necessary funding.

Umahi explained that the highway would be constructed in phases, with the completed sections being opened for use and toll collection.

The proposed route will link the Lagos-Badagry Expressway superhighway, the Fourth Mainland Bridge, Lekki Deep Sea Port Road, and connect various points in Northern Nigeria via Ogoja-Ikom.

The project, with an initial design length of approximately 650 to 700 kilometres, will also feature rail lines running in the middle of the main carriageways.

Umahi revealed that the project is expected to stimulate tourism and include industrial clusters, such as hotels, factories, housing estates, and other amenities.

The minister highlighted the innovative use of 11-inch-thick concrete roads with 20-millimetre reinforcement, which will support local cement manufacturing, boost steel production from Ajaokuta, and utilize Nigeria’s abundant bitumen resources.

In his words:

However, the minister acknowledged that the project would encounter challenges due to its passage through mangroves, mashy areas, flood plains, and various soil types. As a result, a combination of construction methods, including pile-supported decks, sand filling, and retaining walls, will be employed.

In Umahi words:

Nicholas Rizk, the consultant to Hitech Construction Company, highlighted that the chosen construction methods were well suited for a country with Nigeria’s vast landmass.

He emphasized that the project would traverse diverse topographical areas and benefit nine states along its route.

He emphasized that the project would traverse diverse topographical areas and benefit nine states along its route.

The highway will connect regions at both the national and international levels, serving as a vital link between South West, South East, South-South, Niger Delta, and other regions.

It will also integrate with existing federal roads, promoting economic and social development across the country.

In Rizk’s words: “We are connecting nine states and this road.

The Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway will start at Victoria Island near Eko Atlantic City, pass through the Lekki Coastal Road, Lekki Free Trade Zone, and the Dangote Refinery, connecting Ogun, Ondo, Delta, Edo, and reaching Calabar, Rizk explained.

Furthermore, he detailed how the project considered health, safety, and environmental factors, particularly in oil-producing areas.