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Senate leader calls for completion of trans-African highway

25 April 2014, 06:43

Mfium - The Senate Leader, Sen.Victor Ndoma-Egba, on Thursday called for speedy completion of the trans-African Highway from Lagos to Mombasa, Kenya.

Ndoma-Egba made the call Thursday in Mfum, a border community between Nigeria and Cameroun Republic, while speaking to newsmen.

The senate leader, who was on a visit to assess his constituency project, said it was important that the African Development Bank (ADB), international communities and the Nigerian government “speed up the completion of the multi-billion highway”.

The media learnt that already the 10,269 km Lagos-Mombasa, eastern half of the highway, has been completed through Kenya and Uganda.

A major section of the road in Nigeria, the 240km stretch from Enugu-Bansara-Mfum border with Cameroon is ready and in use.

 Ndoma-Egba said that he started lobbying for the project with the support from some of his colleagues and relevant ministries since his first term in office.

“We would like to see this project completed soon to facilitate African integration and international trade.”

“The project is supposed to go to up to Mombasa in Kenya, so I am not in a position to tell you that because I don’t know what is going on at the other end.”

“From the point here where we are, it is completed and it was in several hundreds of millions of dollars. It is an ADB project while part of it is done by the World Bank.”

“It is an international road done to the World Bank standard and I believe it is built to endure even though we have maintenance programme for it.”

“It took lots of efforts and persistence and it started from my first term going to the Federal Minister of Works, seeing virtually every minister, liaising with ADB officials as well as foreign embassy officials. So, it was plenty of work.”

“We also got lots of support from my colleague in the Enugu end. Since we cannot solely rely on water transportation, many people depend on road transport for movement even with business transactions.”

“So to that extent, the road is quite significant for the movement of goods and we appeal for its urgent completion,” he said.

The senator's constituents commended him for the N286 million Ajassor road he facilitated as they took delivery of the 4.5km road.

“For years, the community had suffered but with the intervention; this is a blessing for us as we can now move freely with our farm products,” one of the community leaders, Chief Agbor Ndoma said.

-    NAN

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