Nigerian Highway Project Abidjan-Lagos Latest Developments

The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently announced that it has secured USD 15.6 billion in funding for the 1,081-kilometer Abidjan-Lagos highway project, which is set to be finished in 2025.

The two endpoints of the massive dual, three-lane motorway will be at Abidjan's Bingerville and Lagos' Mile 2. The highway is divided into three sections: 295 kilometres between Abidjan and Takoradi, 466 kilometres between Takoradi and Akanu (both in Ghana), and 320 kilometres between Noepe, Togo, and Cotonou, Nigeria.

The infrastructure would improve transportation between Abidjan, which has a population of 5 million people, Takoradi, which has a population of just under 1 million, Accra, which has 2.5 million people, Cotonou, which has 2.6 million people, and Lagos, which has a population of 15 million people, which are among the most active seaport cities and most populated hubs in the Gulf of Guinea's West African region.

The five states that the route passes through have a combined GDP of USD 589 billion and a population of 284 million people, according to World Bank estimates.

The Abidjan-Lagos Highway is projected to aid in the opening of West Africa's landlocked countries, such as Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. According to the African Development Bank, the Abidjan-Lagos coastline accounts for nearly 75% of West Africa's commercial activities.

The transportation industry accounts for 5% to 8% of the region's gross domestic product and is vital for economic development and job generation, particularly for women and young people.

The Abidjan-Lagos highway is one of 16 projects being implemented by the AfDB under the African Union's Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). It is essential to ECOWAS Vision 2050, which calls for the region to be fully integrated and networked by 2050.

The ultimate goal of the Abidjan-Lagos highway project is to increase income-generating possibilities for people in the region whose livelihoods are heavily reliant on transportation. The completion, according to the financiers, will be a game-changer.

Once finished, the Abidjan-Lagos Roadway is intended to be connected to another AfDB-funded highway, the 440-kilometer Enugu-Bamenda corridor, which connects southeast Nigeria and south-west Cameroon.

The motorway connecting Dakar, Abidjan, and Lagos is a considerably larger project, and the corridor is only a minor portion of it.

The 14 West African nations that will be united by this cross-border beachfront route are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

Posted on : 14 Apr,2024

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