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FG TARGETS 77% IGR INCREASE TO TACKLE ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT ...... As Works, Finance Ministers Visit Carter, Third Mainland Bridges In Lagos

Minister of Works, David Umahi, Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun During their Visit to Carter, 3rd Mainland Bridges.

"We are targeting and working towards a 77% increase in internally generated revenue for the Federal Government to tackle road infrastructural development." Wale Edun, Honourable Minister for Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy

" No need for fears as per state of bridges in Lagos State." David Umahi, Honourable Minister of Works.

...... Orders relocation of people cooking under Carter bridge.

Minister of Works, David Umahi, on Wednesday in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, allayed fears of road users in the state and beyond about the integrity of the Third Mainland bridge, Eko and Carter bridges, saying; "there is no need to worry."

According to a statement issued and signed by the Director, Information of the Works Ministry, Olusola Abiola, the Minister of Works, during his inspection tour of the bridges and other Federal Government projects in Lagos State, while giving explanations on the work to be done, said; "Some of the elements which are defective are going to be fixed. But there is nothing to worry about. We are going to reinstate those defective slabs with the new design."

Speaking to journalists Wednesday after the joint assessment tour of the three bridges in company of the Honourable Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, the Minister explained that "over the years, after the construction of the bridge, there was no serious maintenance,"

He therefore assured that the failure of the bridge would be addressed. "So, we are working on the problems about the bridges."

On the state of the Lagos shoreline, Sen. Umahi stressed that the shore protection on the marina needs urgent attention, noting that the Lagos railway project, the blue line might be threatened if nothing is done to address the matter.

At the end of the exercise in Lagos, the Ministers who agreed there was need for rehabilitation work to be carried out, noting that the impact created by the current of water under the bridges and on the shoreline need intervention.

On the ongoing rehabilitation of the third mainland bridges, the Minister revealed that some comprehensive works would be done especially in area of provision of street lights on and under the bridge and installation of CCTV. While praising the work being done by the Contractor, he assured that the bridge would be opened to road users soon.

On his part, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun commended the Minister of Works and his team of officials for their efforts at rehabilitating the roads and bridges as he described them as very important for economic development.

While answering questions from reporters, the Minister disclosed that the Federal Government was looking to raise revenue to finance infrastructure, pointing out that "what we are targeting and working towards is a 77% increase in internally generated revenue for the Federal Government. So that is where the funding particularly is going to come from," he submitted.

Meanwhile, during the inspection tour, the Works Minister upon citing those cooking under the Carter bridge, ordered that security be mobilised to stop the menace, adding that they be relocated immediately to avoid any serious damage to the health of the bridge.

In continuation of the inspection of Federal road projects in Lagos, the two Ministers also visited the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway and met with the contractor to review progress work on the project. The project when completed is expected to go through the shoreline linking Lagos with Calabar.

In the inspection were senior government officials from the Ministry, officials of Julius Berger and some journalists.

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