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NNPC to construct 21 ‘critical’ FG roads

The newly formed Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) has been given presidential approval to rebuild the collapsed Lagos-Badagry expressway, as well as 20 other federal roads spread across six geopolitical zones.

The approval was given on Wednesday at the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House in Abuja, which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

After the meeting, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, told reporters that the FEC had approved the NNPC to take over the reconstruction of 21 federal roads in critical condition totalling 1,804.6 kilometres at a cost of N621.2 billion.

According to the minister, it was being carried out through a strategic intervention under the Federal Government’s Road Infrastructure and Refreshment Tax Credit Scheme.

He said 9 of the selected projects are in the North-central region, 3 in the North-east, 2 in the North-west, 2 in the South-east, 3 in the South-south, and 2 in the South-west.