FG eyes N146bn for Marina coastline repairs

Bisola David
Bisola David

According to the Minister of Works, David Umahi, N146 billion is needed to rehabilitate the shorelines of Marinas.

According to The PUNCH, he made this statement recently when he and the Minister of Finance and the Economy, Wale Edu, jointly inspected the lagoon portions of the Third Mainland’s Carter and Eko Bridges.

The minister expressed alarm over the deterioration of the Marina shorelines, claiming that the foundation of the Lagos Blue Rail Line was at risk.

“Even though the shorelines need N146 billion, only N1 billion was available for the project in the budget,” he stated.

Umahi, however, promised that the repairs on three significant Lagos bridges would be finished quickly.

The ministers also looked over Carter Bridge’s underdeck and the Ijora section of Eko Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the ongoing flyover rehabilitation at Lotto Junction.

In an interview with reporters, Umahi stated that the purpose of the joint review was to provide his counterparts in Finance and Economy with firsthand knowledge of the projects and their associated costs.

According to Umahi, Tinubu had approved funding for extensive repairs on the third Mainland Bridge’s two carriageways, resolved issues with the slab parts, and made sure the bridges were properly maintained.

Umahi stated that he was happy with the ongoing maintenance being done on the Third Mainland Bridge’s upper deck and that she expected the repairs to be finished and the bridge reopened for traffic by April.

“By the time we’re done, the restored bridge will be a classic. Next week, construction on the lagoon and underdeck portions of the Third Mainland and Carter Bridges will get underway.

“Within a week, bids for facilities on the Lagos-Ibadan Motorway are expected to start being advertised.”

Furthermore, Edun conveyed contentment with the project’s designs, execution, and expenses.

Edun promised to adequately fund all infrastructure in accordance with the President’s main aim to boost the country’s economy.

“To boost the economy and fund critical infrastructure across the nation, the Federal Government is working towards achieving a 77% increase in its internally generated revenue,” he stated.

President Tinubu’s commitment to economic growth, the digitization and restoration of the economy, the development of infrastructure, and the implementation of laws that obstruct long-standing leakages brought about by fuel subsidies was reiterated by Edun.

He exhorted NNPC Ltd. to seize opportunities in the oil market to shore up revenue for the country.

The ministers had previously visited the Third Mainland Bridge’s top deck, which is currently undergoing restoration.

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