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

Progress

In the works
  • When made: 2014
  • Where made: Party manifesto

As at 2012, Nigeria had 35,000km federal government roads across the country while the country rail system had 3,984km of track, according to the national statistics bureau.

In the last three years the APC government has flagged off a number of construction and rehabilitation of key road and rail projects across the country, with some being completed.

While most of the projects were initiated by states, the central government has also started its own.  Five months into his tenure the president inaugurated a 260 km highway from Calabar, Cross River to northern Nigeria.

344 billion naira issuance

In 2017, the government began the sale of a N100 billion debut sovereign sukuk on the local market to fund road infrastructure. The seven-year Islamic bond would be structured as a lease.

Some of the roads that would benefit from the bond include: the Ibadan-Ilorin road, Kolo-Otuoke – Bayelsa-Palm road, Enugu- Port Harcourt expressway, Kaduna- Eastern by-pass, Kano-Maiduguri road and Bridge works for the Loko-Oweto Bridge over River Benue.

In December 2017, the works ministry got N41 billion to both build new roads and maintain existing ones. The recently launched Economic Recovery and Growth Plan also makes provision for reconstruction of sections of the federal highway network.

Biggest drive for rail

For rail, some new projects were commissioned by Buhari like the 186.5km Abuja-Kaduna rail in 2017 but they were initiated and funded by previous administrations.

The economic plan also provides for the construction of Lagos-Kano and Lagos-Calabar rail projects.

However, data from the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission shows most work has been the rehabilitation and concession of the western-eastern rail lines that span over a number of states. -Africa Check, February 2019

Source: APC Manifesto 2014



Update: More projects flagged off in 2018

Total length still to be determined.

Roads:

In 2018, the national government voted N344 billion to construct or repair several roads nationwide, including the Lagos-Ibadan expressway (127.6 km), Kano-Maiduguri expressway (193.43 km), Enugu to Port-Harcourt (96.73 km) and the 186 km Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja highway.

In August 2018, the APC government inaugurated the Mayo-Belwa-Jada-Ganye-Toungo road in Adamawa valued at N22.69 billion.

In January 2019, the APC government also inaugurated the construction of a 5.5-kilometre road in Ekwetekwe, Ezza North Local Government Area of Ebonyi.

Rail:

In July 2018, Buhari inaugurated the first phase of the Abuja light rail mass transit. The 45.245 km standard gauge rail line runs from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to the Abuja metro station.

Some other new projects were commissioned by Buhari like the 186.5km Abuja-Kaduna rail in 2017 but they were initiated and funded by previous administrations.

Africa Check, 20 February, 2019