Moving the motion titled, ‘Need to Investigate the Utilisation of Over 200 Billion Naira on Construction of Lokoja to 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 the 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.
“The House is concerned that if no urgent intervention to construct the Lokoja-Benin Road is taken, lives and goods worth billions of naira will be destroyed.
Adopting the motion, the House mandated its Committees on Works and Finance to “investigate the slow state of works(sic) on the Lokoja–Benin federal highway, compared to the colossal amounts budgeted and expended on the highway, and report back within four weeks.”