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All Franchised Highways coming with CCTV, Solar Lighting, Security—Minister

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The Minister of Works, David Umahi, has directed the installation of CCTV, cameras, solar lighting, and security on nine highways franchised to private investors under the Highway Development and Management Initiative.

He also inaugurated three committees to fast-track the implementation of the initiative, according to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media Orji Uchenna, in Abuja.

He said, “We own the design, you will own the cost of the project while we carry out verification on the cost of the projects; the idea is to scope the projects. We want to have a standard road infrastructure to toll.

“Our business is to ensure that your design conforms with the ministry’s standard of design, that is why we are making the Director of Roads and Bridges of the ministry the Chairman of the Committee on Scoping and Design. We don’t want to do just a patch on the road and give it to the public for you to toll. The public will resist. We want to have a standard road to toll.”

“We have to provide an alternative road because by law you cannot toll road if there is no alternative route to it. Every one of the projects must have alternative routes. The number of toll gates and toll stations will be determined by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission.

“We also have to put CCTV Camera, Solar Light, and Security on our roads. Whatever that will make our roads safer is very important to us. All these must be considered part of the business.”

According to the statement, the three committees set up by the minister for the actualization of the HDMI program are, “Scoping and design, financial and the due diligence and agreement review committee.”

Some of the roads under the HDMI projects are Under the first phase of the HDMI are:- Benin–Asaba, Abuja–Lokoja, Kano–Katsina; Onitsha–Owerri–Aba; Shagamu–Benin; Abuja-Keffi–Akwanga; Kano–Maiduguri; Lokoja–Benin; Enugu-Port Harcourt; Ilorin-Jebba; Lagos-Abeokuta and Lagos-Badagry.

The projects will utilize the Public Private Partnership Model and it is expected to generate over N12 trillion in the 25-year concession period for the projects.

The economic effects of projects like this are limitless

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