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Reps orders probe of uncompleted N200bn Lokoja-Benin highway

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The House of Representatives has ordered an investigation of the rehabilitation and expansion of the road linking Lokoja in Kogi State with Benin in Edo State which has gulped N200bn.

A member of the House, Johnson Oghuma, called for a probe into the alleged slow pace of the project at the plenary on Thursday.

Moving the motion titled ‘Need to investigate the utilisation of over N200bn on construction of Lokoja-Benin Road’, Oghuma noted that the dualisation of the Lokoja–Benin federal highway from Obajana junction to Benin City was awarded to a consortium of contractors in 1999 with a completion date of December 2021.

The lawmaker said, “Over N200bn has been budgeted from 1999 to 2021 in addition to various loans and interventions projects such as Sukuk, among others. The road is a major highway connecting routes from the North to East, South–South and western parts of Nigeria.

“The House is dismayed that the Lokoja–Benin section is now a death trap, as people can no longer travel safely, and what was a three-hour trip has now become a whole-day’s journey and sometimes impassable.”

Adopting the motion, the House mandated its committees on works and finance to ‘investigate the slow state of work on the Lokoja–Benin federal highway, compared to the colossal amounts budgeted and expended on the highway, and report back within four weeks’.

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