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Ensure the construction of 4,000 km of superhighway and up to 800 km of modern railway lines

  • When made: 2014

  • Where made: Party manifesto

As at 2012, Nigeria had 35,000km federal government roads across the country while the country rail system had 3,984km of track, according to the national statistics bureau.

In the last five years the APC government has flagged off a number of construction and rehabilitation of key road and rail projects across the country, with some being completed.

While most of the projects were initiated by states, the central government has also started its own.  Five months into his tenure the president inaugurated a 260km highway from Calabar, Cross River to northern Nigeria.

344 billion naira issuance

In 2017, the government began the sale of a N100 billion debut sovereign sukuk on the local market to fund road infrastructure. The seven-year Islamic bond would be structured as a lease.

Some of the roads that would benefit from the bond include: the Ibadan-Ilorin road, Kolo-Otuoke - Bayelsa-Palm road, Enugu- Port Harcourt expressway, Kaduna- Eastern by-pass, Kano-Maiduguri road and Bridge works for the Loko-Oweto Bridge over River Benue.

In December 2017, the works ministry got N41 billion to both build new roads and maintain existing ones. The recently launched Economic Recovery and Growth Plan also makes provision for the reconstruction of sections of the federal highway network.

In 2018, N344 billion was voted to construct or repair several roads nationwide. These include the Lagos-Ibadan expressway (127.6km), Kano-Maiduguri expressway (193.43km), Enugu to Port-Harcourt (96.73km) and the 186km Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja highway.

In August of the same year, the APC government inaugurated the Mayo-Belwa-Jada-Ganye-Toungo road in Adamawa valued at N22.69 billion.

And by January 2019, the APC government also inaugurated the construction of a 5.5-kilometre road in Ekwetekwe, Ezza North Local Government Area of Ebonyi.

In his new year letter to Nigerians in January 2020, President Buhari noted that 47 road projects were scheduled for completion in 2020 and 2021.

Bigger drive for rail

Buhari’s government has significantly promoted rail transport, however, all of the rail projects it is overseeing were initiated and partly funded by previous administrations. 

One of such projects is the Abuja light rail mass transit. Buhari inaugurated it's first phase in July 2018. The 45.245 km standard gauge rail line runs from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to the Abuja metro station. Another is the 186.5km Abuja-Kaduna rail which Buhari commissioned in July 2016

As of April 2020, the government announced that the 276km Itakpe-Warri rail project was complete while the 156km Lagos-Ibadan rail project was 90% complete. These two projects were scheduled for commissioning this year. 

All four rail projects completed under Buhari’s government so far amount to about 663.8km. It also has plans to start work on two other rail projects, Ibadan-Abuja and Kano-Kaduna rail lines, in 2020.  --Africa Check, Last Updated May 2020

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