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Ensure the construction of 4,000 kilometres of superhighway and up to 800 kilometres of modern railway lines

In 2012, Nigeria had 35,000 kilometres of federal government roads while the rail system had 3,984 kilometres of track, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

The APC government has started a number of construction and rehabilitation projects in recent years, some of which have been completed. While many have been initiated by states, the national government has also started others. Some highlights include:

  • A 260 kilometre highway from Calabar in the south to the north was inaugurated five months into Buhari’s tenure.
  • In 2017, the government started selling a N100 billion sovereign sukuk – or Islamic bond – locally to fund road infrastructure. Roads that benefited from this include the Ibadan-Ilorin, Kolo-Otuoke - Bayelsa-Palm and the Kano-Maiduguri roads. Others were the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway, the Kaduna-Eastern bypass and bridgeworks for the Loko-Oweto bridge over the Benue River.
  • In 2018, a number of roads were built or repaired, including the Lagos-Ibadan expressway (127.6 kilometres) and the 186 kilometre Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja highway. The Mayo-Belwa-Jada-Ganye-Toungo road in Adamawa was also inaugurated.

In his new year's letter to Nigerians in January 2020, Buhari said 47 road projects were scheduled for completion by 2021.

In December 2021 the administration listed ongoing road projects as adding up to 1,963.24 kilometres. However, these were not superhighways.  

Bigger drive for rail

Buhari’s government has significantly promoted rail transport. However, all of the projects it is overseeing were initiated and partly funded by previous administrations. Key highlights include:

All four rail projects completed under Buhari’s government amount to about 663.8 kilometres. Work on two other projects, the Ibadan-Abuja and Kano-Kaduna lines, started in 2020 and is still underway in 2022. 

In February 2021, work started on a 283 kilometre line from the northern Nigerian city of Kano to Maradi in the Niger Republic.

As of May 2022 completed tracks were still short by 800 kilometres. 

– Africa Check, updated May 2022. First tracked in 2018, and reviewed in 2020.

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