Nigeria: Federal Govt Flags Off Construction of Abuja-Keffi Expressway Flyover

Nigeria: Federal Govt Flags Off Construction of Abuja-Keffi Expressway Flyover - The Federal Government as part of concerted efforts to tackle the perennial traffic problems along the Abuja - Keffi Expressway has flagged of the construction of a multibillion naira flyover on the expressway. The contract for the construction of the flyover to be located at the Mogadishu cantonment (Abacha Barracks) has been awarded to Setraco Nigeria Limited, and is to be constructed at the cost of N5 billion. The FCT Minister, Senator Muhammad Adamu Aliero who flagged off the construction disclosed that the flyover as well as other channelization works at Mogadishu Cantonment/Sunrise Hills Estate would be completed within a period of eighteen months. Senator Aliero disclosed that the contract is based on Public-Private-Partnership arrangement between the FCT administration and Sunrise Estate Development Limited, a subsidiary of Setraco Nigeria Limited, whereby the administration would provide the initial down payment of 15 percent of the project cost while the contractor would co-finance it to completion. According to him, the recovery of the contractor's contribution will be through installmental payments for a period of four years, to be completed by 2013. The minister described the flagging off as a well-expressed testimony that the present administration under the leadership of President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua is fully committed to providing conditions that would attract investors to Abuja and admonished the contractor handling the project to execute it in accordance with the specified standards and deliver it on schedule. "The government has demonstrated its willingness to partner with the private sector for the development of the Federal Capital Territory and nothing can distract it from this noble goal because we will stop at nothing to get the best for our people," he said. He maintained that the administration would also do its best to ensure the timely completion of the project, considering its importance and the need to improve transportation for the benefit of those who commute to work daily along this corridor in the fulfillment of their responsibilities. Senator Aliero recalled that early in the year, the Federal Government awarded the contract for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Airport/Kubwa roads respectively to facilitate the movement of people into the city at peak hours which is now 15 per cent complete, noting that with the completion of the AYA interchange along Abuja-Keffi road, the remaining bottleneck would be the entrance into the Mogadishu Cantonment which has made the FCT Administration to take this proactive measure. [AA Construction]