Kaduna Eastern Bypass Highway Approved for Completion with N38bn Budget

Kaduna Eastern bypass highway project was approved for completion with a budget of N38 billion during the federal government executive council on Wednesday.

The approval by the council for the budget coincides with the valedictory session for Amina Mohammed who is the outgoing Minister of Environment and appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations last year.

After the FEC meeting presided by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister Babatunde Fashola of Power, Works and Housing  revealed to the State House Correspondents that the Kaduna project was awarded in 2002 with N16 billion budget and the ministry needed an approval for additional N22 billion that would total the project cost to N38 billion.

A memo was also presented for the revival and finishing of the Kaduna Eastern bypass which started in 2002 and should have been finished within three years but it remains unfinished after 15 years.

Minister Fashola further revealed that his ministry made a memo for the construction of the Cameroon-Nigeria border line bridge under the African Development Bank in support for the improvement of the relationship between Nigeria and Cameroon and the was approved by the council.

On the part of Minister Amina Mohammed, she said that she gave a memo to the council for the Revised National Policy on Environment formulated initially in 1991, revised in 1999 and had a second revision in 2017.

According to Minister Amina Mohammed, it is opportune to have a new policy structure due to the existing issues on climate change, desertification, insecurity, coastal erosion, and pollution.

The new policy framework that was approved during the FEC will provide better opportunity to coordinate with countries, local governments and communities, and to implement the main concerns of the Change agenda.

Her position at the United Nations will help in coordinating with the resolutions signed by Nigeria for the resources and expertise on climate change agenda and development agenda which may help Cameroon’s priorities.

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