President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said his administration will Support and fund the trans-Saharan highway project.
At the opening of the 70th session of the Trans-Saharan Road Liaison Committee (TRLC) in Abuja with all the Ministers of Works from six member-states in attendance, President Buhari made this known.
President Buhari was represented by the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Dingyadi.
Buhari also said his administration will bolster economic activities and enhance regional and cultural integration in Africa.
Buhari said, “Our commitment is to increase Nigeria’s stock of road infrastructure to ease the cost and time of doing business and improve on economic competitiveness, as envisaged under our Economic and Recovery Growth Plan.
“In view of this, our administration shares the aspiration and vision of the trans-Saharan Road Liaison Committee aimed at encouraging member-countries to develop roads of trans-Saharan within their respective territories. “It is a pride to the African continent, and that is why Nigeria has supported and will continue to support its existence.
“Special funds had been committed to the reconstruction works on the sections of trans-Saharan roads from Lagos to Ibadan and Kaduna to Kano; other sections of the road, from Ibadan to Ilorin, Ilorin to Jeba, Jeba to Makwa and to Kaduna, are either being dualised or have been rehabilitated.”
He congratulated the trans-Saharan Road Liaison Committee for its tenacity and achievement in the past years and also urged member-states and their representatives to remain committed to the prompt delivery of this crucial development of road transport infrastructure for the benefit our people.