The federal government has committed over N3 trillion on infrastructure development in the country. The Minister of State II for Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Zarma, made this known when he paid a courtesy visit to the Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi.
The minister, in the company of some ministry’s officials was in the state as part of a routine assessment of the federal government projects on roads, housing and power.
He said the essence of the tour was equally to highlight the federal government’s achievements because it has been working so hard and much but little was being said about its achievement.
“It is the promise of President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver massive infrastructure and we have invested in infrastructure massively.
“This government has committed over N3 trillion in infrastructure and more will come in subsequent budgets so that it can deliver on roads, power and housing massively.”
Mr Zarma noted that the roads in the state have been substantially completed while the received SUKUK Sovereign Fund which was a bond reposed confidence on the investors.
“We promised increment of power, and it has increased, 7,000 mega watts is being generated and 5,000 mega watts being transmitted.
He noted that the National Housing Programme site in the state, located at Crusher in Lokoja with 72 housing units was already 90 per cent completed.
He commended the state government for its unprecedented collaboration in actualising the housing programme adding that more housing units would be built after the phase one.
Mr Bello was represented by the Deputy Governor of Kogi, Simon Achuga.
He said Nigeria was referred as a third world country because its infrastructural development was not adequate adding that the government must ensure that infrastructural development was achieved.
“I have been briefed that you have inspected progress of work at many roads along this axis and you are yet to see Idah -Nsukka road.
“From Nsukka to Abuja you will not spend more than three hours thirty minutes, if that road is in order. The same thing goes to Lokoja-Kabba-Mokwa road and Ilorin Axis.
The governor further urged the Federal Government to hasten up in putting these roads in good condition to enhance hitch free vehicular movement especially the Lokoja-Ajeokuta-Anyingba road.
“Work has been going on there but the spate of work has not met the yearnings of the people, we want to appeal to you to finish the work in good time.
“We are appealing that as the dualisation continues; let it expand through Okene-Benin road and Ankpa-Otukpa road.
“We are happy that the Federal Government has devoted money, energy and time for infrastructural development; we are ready to collaborate for the infrastructural projects to succeed and be sustained.”