2017: S/South, S/West gulp 52 Percent of federal roads budget

Minister Of Works & Housing Babatunde Fashola

The South-South and South West region will get N138 billion equivalent to 51.45 percent of the federal government total spending of N268 billion on construction and repairs of 171 roads across the nation.

The proposed allocation is N37 billion less than the allocation for 108 road projects in 2016, which was pegged at N305 billion. The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing proposed N434.3 billion capital allocation for 2017, an increase of N81 billion from the N353.1 billion capital appropriation of 2016.

Analysis of the budget revealed that in terms of the projects’ cost in 2017, the South-South will get the highest allocation of N74 billion to do 30 projects. The zone which is leading this year was the least in 2016 with only N6.770 billion for four projects.

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