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Updated: Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway: It’s more than a road but symbol of hope, unity, prosperity—Tinubu

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President Bola Tinubu said on Saturday in Lagos that the 10-lane Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway is a significant achievement in the country’s journey towards progress and development.

He also described the superhighway as a symbol of hope, unity, and prosperity for Nigerians.

Persecondnews reports that the 700-km coastal road is designed to link Lagos to Cross River, passing through Ogun, Ondo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, and Akwa Ibom states before ending in Cross River.

The project necessitated the demolition of some buildings, and it has faced significant criticism from many Nigerians who believe the timing is inappropriate.

Dave Umahi, Works Minister, insisted that the project serves the country’s best interests.

Tinubu made these remarks on Sunday in Lagos during the project’s inauguration, as well as several others, to commemorate his first year in office.

According to the president, the kickoff of the project represents a crucial step in our efforts to enhance connectivity, facilitate economic growth, and improve the quality of life for our people.

He said:“This project is more than just a road – it is a symbol of hope, unity, and prosperity. It will connect our communities in nine states, foster trade and commerce, boost tourism, and create new opportunities for generations to come.

“A similar road in Ireland, called the Wild Atlantic Way, 2,600-km long, is expected to fetch 3 billion euros a year in tourism revenues.

“I want to express my gratitude to the team of engineers, workers, and stakeholders who have worked tirelessly to bring us to this point.

“Your dedication and expertise are the driving force behind the take-off of this project,” Tinubu said.

He emphasized the significance of safety, sustainability, and social responsibility, urging stakeholders to collaborate to ensure that this project benefits all and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations.

“This is not only a legacy project of this administration but a dream come true that will connect some neglected towns and cities along the coastal route.

“Over time, it has been noticed that both Tin Can Island and Apapa ports are becoming shallower, thereby limiting the size of ships that can berth at those strategic ports.

“It is pertinent to note that the Lagos State Government, in partnership with private investors, developed Lekki Deep Sea Port, which does not have a link road. It is, however, obvious that this development will open up businesses and investment along the project corridor.

“The potential of this road is enormous because it will have two spurs that will link up with the Sokoto-Badagry Expressway which is under procurement, and the African Trade Route, which connects the South East to Cameroon, thereby connecting every region of the country.”

President Tinubu also pleaded for the general public’s understanding, especially for those whose homes and means of subsistence this historic project will affect.

He said:“It is worthy to state that the model of EPC+F (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Plus Finance) which the ministry is adopting is commendable. This sees the federal government investing while waiting for private investors to bring on board their counterpart funds.

“I commend the Honourable Minister of Works and the staff of the Ministry who are ensuring that the contractor delivers good quality work.

”I further crave the understanding of the general public, especially those whose properties and sources of livelihood will be impacted by this iconic project. We all make some sacrifices to enable our country to grow.

“But be rest assured: this government is a compassionate government that cares for you and will do the utmost to offer succour by way of compensation.”

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