Nigerians Urge Suspension of Coastal Superhighway Project Amid Pressing Needs

Nigerians for Better Nigeria calls on the Federal Government to halt the Lagos-Calabar Coastal superhighway project, citing pressing priorities like hunger, poverty, and infrastructure needs. The group argues that addressing basic human needs should take precedence over the project.

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Nigerians Urge Suspension of Coastal Superhighway Project Amid Pressing Needs

Nigerians Urge Suspension of Coastal Superhighway Project Amid Pressing Needs

The Nigerians for Better Nigeria (NBN) has called on the Federal Government to halt the construction of the Lagos to Calabar Coastal superhighway project, arguing that addressing hunger, poverty, and infrastructure needs should take priority. In a statement released by their National Secretary, Abdulmumin Sanusi, the group emphasized that while the coastal highway is important, it is not the most pressing concern for the majority of Nigerians struggling to feed themselves and their families.

Why this matters: The prioritization of infrastructure projects over basic human needs can have long-term consequences on the country's economic growth and social stability. If the government fails to address the pressing issues of hunger, poverty, and infrastructure, it may lead to increased social unrest and decreased investor confidence.

Sanusi pointed out the dire state of infrastructure across the country, with dilapidated roads, collapsed government hospitals, unavailable or unaffordable essential drugs, and a power supply system that has completely broken down. He questioned the wisdom of constructing a superhighway when these basic needs remain unmet. The NBN also highlighted the collapse of the education system from primary to tertiary levels, urging the government to focus on addressing this crisis.

The group further noted that fuel prices have skyrocketed beyond the reach of ordinary citizens, making the construction of a coastal superhighway a luxury the country cannot afford at this time. "The people are hungry, they are starving, they are suffering and they are in pains. The immediate priority of the government is to address their starvation, hardship and pains, not the construction of a coastal superhighway," Sanusi stated emphatically.

The NBN's call for suspending the superhighway project comes amidst recent comments, policies, transform by the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu, who spoke about the current administration's priorities and the need to address critical issues affecting Nigerians. In an interview with Premium Times, Bagudu implied that the Lagos to Calabar Coastal superhighway may not be a priority at this time, as the government should focus on more pressing areas.

Bagudu, who served as governor of Kebbi State for eight years before being appointed as Minister by President Bola Tinubu, praised the President's leadership and efforts to address Nigeria's fault lines, manage public officers, and promote unity. He highlighted specific measures taken by the government, such as the removal of fuel subsidy and deregulation of the foreign exchange market, which he believes will restore macroeconomic stability and attract investors.

As an alternative solution, the NBN suggested that if the construction of the coastal superhighway is to resume, it should commence from the Calabar axis before terminating at the Lagos end, rather than starting from Lagos where many citizens have already been rendered jobless due to the destruction of their means of livelihood. The group emphasized that the government's immediate priority should be addressing the starvation, hardship, and pain faced by the Nigerian people.

Key Takeaways

  • Nigerians for Better Nigeria (NBN) urges FG to halt Lagos-Calabar coastal road project.
  • NBN prioritizes addressing hunger, poverty, and infrastructure needs over the project.
  • Group cites dire state of infrastructure, education, and economy as reasons for prioritization.
  • Minister of Budget and Economic Planning suggests project may not be a priority at this time.
  • NBN proposes alternative solution: start construction from Calabar axis, not Lagos.