The National Assembly increased the Ministry of Works budget from N657.3bn to N1.03tn..

    The National Assembly has significantly increased the budgetary allocation to the Ministry of Works, raising it from the initially proposed N657.3 billion to a substantial N1.03 trillion. This substantial increment amounts to a noteworthy N373 billion, representing a 56.7% surge from the initial figure in the appropriation bill. Moreover, it signifies a substantial 65.4% escalation from the budgetary allocation approved in the 2023 fiscal year. The approved budget reveals that the augmentation primarily stems from an elevation in the ministry’s capital budget, soaring from N617.9 billion to N987.3 billion.


    A meticulous examination of the document exposes the introduction of various capital projects within the approved budget. Among these, N94.83 billion has been earmarked for the construction of Lafia Road and the dualization of the 9th Mile (Enugu) Otukpo-Makurdi (Keffi Phase II) road project. Additionally, N15 billion has been allocated for the construction of Ota-Idiroko road sections one to three, while N4 billion is designated for the construction of Iyin-Ilawe Ekiti road sections one to three. N13.5 billion is allocated for the rehabilitation of Enugu-Port Harcourt road sections two and four, while N22.75 billion is assigned to the dualisation of the Benin-Ilesha road.

    Furthermore, the construction of the Malando-Garin-Baka-Ngaski-Wara road in Kebbi State has been allocated N10.1 billion, and N11 billion is approved for the construction of the Koko-Besse-Zaria-Kala Kala road in Kebbi State. The dualization of the Aba-Ikot Ekpene road is set to require N3.75 billion, and N1.21 billion has been allocated for the repair of the Iganmu bridge. The rehabilitation of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Dual Carriageway Section will receive N2 billion, and the dualization and construction of the Kano-Kwanar Dauja Hadejia road are budgeted at N10.7 billion. Additionally, N12.3 billion has been set aside for the reconstruction of the Amasiri-Uburu-Mpu-Ishiagu road.

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    Minister for Works, Sen. Dave Umahi.

    The South-West region is allocated N5.1 billion for the provision of culverts and drains in flood-prone areas, addressing critical infrastructure needs. Beyond road construction, the Ministry of Works has secured approval for N3.35 billion to procure vehicles dedicated to consultants and security supervision, enhancing operational efficiency and project oversight.

    This augmented budget underscores the government’s commitment to infrastructure development, focusing on road networks critical for economic growth and regional connectivity. The diverse array of projects signals a comprehensive approach to addressing infrastructure gaps, contributing to the overall development and prosperity of the nation. The National Assembly’s approval reflects a collective effort to prioritize and invest in projects that will stimulate economic activities, create employment opportunities, and enhance the quality of life for citizens across various regions.

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