Reps Calls For Alternative Funding For Bida–Lemu–Wushishi–Zungeru Road Reconstruction

Reps Calls For Alternative Funding For Bida–Lemu–Wushishi–Zungeru Road Reconstruction

By Paul Effiong, Abuja

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Federal Ministry of Finance, Federal Inland Revenue Service among other relevant stakeholders to explore Executive Order 007 of 2019 (Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme) to provide an alternative funding source to finance the reconstruction of Bida–Lemu–Wushishi–Zungeru Road in Niger State.

In a motion sponsoed by Hon. Saidu Musa Abdullah, he raised concern that despite the approval of the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, for the redesign and reconstruction of the road, the amount captured in the 2023 budget for the road is grossly inadequate and cannot make any significant impact on the Project.

The lawmaker noted that if the Bida–Zungeru Trunk ‘A’ Road is reconstructed, it will enhance the Western link of the country to the Zungeru Hydro Power Project which will generate 700 megawatts of electricity
close to 10 per cent of the nation’s total domestic energy need and positive impact on the country’s GDP through enhanced agricultural productivity and commercial activities.



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