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  • Updated: April 17, 2024

FG's choice of HiTECH for Lagos-Calabar coastal highway receives IMPI backing

FG's choice of HiTECH for Lagos-Calabar coastal highway rece

The Independent Media and Policy Initiative (IMPI) has released a statement affirming the federal government's selection of HiTECH for the construction of the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway.

According to IMPI Chairman Niyi Akinsiju, their investigation supports the government's decision and refutes claims made by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, which aimed to discredit the project.

The statement highlights HiTECH's successful completion of the Bar Beach Shoreline protection project and its track record of constructing coastal highways with reinforced concrete outside Nigeria.

IMPI conducted inquiries into HiTECH's credentials and contract portfolio, concluding that the company is well-equipped to handle the coastal road contract.

It asserts that HiTECH is likely the most suitable Nigerian company for the project, with Julius Berger Plc being the only other contender.

The statement also references President Olusegun Obasanjo's approval in June 2003 for a permanent solution to the threat posed by the Atlantic Ocean to major parts of Victoria Island, Lagos, which underscores the importance of coastal infrastructure projects like the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway.

"According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the average cost of building a concrete road in rural areas is around $2.5m per mile, while in urban areas it can cost upwards of $5 m per mile.

"In California, the estimated cost of building a concrete road ranges from $3 million to $6 million per mile, depending on the location and other factors. In Australia, average road project costs were around $5.1m (N6.12bn) per lane kilometre in 2017. 

"But in Bangladesh, according to the World Bank, the estimated cost of construction is $6.6m (N7.92bn) per kilometre for the Rangpur-Hatikumrul highway, $7m (N8.4bn) per kilometre for Dhaka-Sylhet highway, $11.9 million (N14.28 billion) per kilometre for Dhaka-Mawa highway. This underscores cost differentials in road construction because of peculiarities in terrains. 

"These figures are far higher than the N4.329 billion per kilometre of 10 lanes Coastal Road with very peculiar terrains that Umahi says Hitech has commenced construction of. 

"For clarity, a technical analysis of the features of the road will suffice: The Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road is designed to be 10 lanes with a total pavement of 59.2 metres with 100 metres corridor. Of this corridor, there will be five lanes on the right and five lanes on the left. This comes with a 25-metre train track."

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