Lagos Calabar coastal road will take 8 years; Umahi reveals


Nigeria’s Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, has revealed the building of the Lagos-Calabar coastal road is projected to take eight years.


The project’s objective is to provide a connection between Lagos and Cross River, via the coastal states of Ogun, Ondo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, and Akwa Ibom, with the final destination being Cross River.


The cost of constructing each km of this coastal road is estimated to be over N4 billion.

Umahi further stated that we expect the toll gates along this roadway to impose an average fee of N3,000 per car.


The size of the vehicle determines the charge, with cars paying around N1,500 and heavier trucks paying up to N5,000. In addition to collecting money, the toll stations will also offer amenities such as restaurants, fueling stations, and parking spaces.


In addition, security measures, including closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance, would be put in place at every toll site.

Although there is intense scrutiny about the expense of the project, Umahi emphasised that the investment will generate profits over a span of 15 years.


This ambitious coastal route is a key infrastructure improvement for the region due to its sensible construction method and incorporation of relief facilities.

By Nnaemeka Odenigbo

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