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FG launches highway  development, management initiative

The Federal Government has unveiled the Highway Development &Management initiative(HDMI) which is projected to gulp N1.1trillion, will  cover the  complete reconstruction and expansion of 12 Federal Highways across the country.
The HDMI comprises  two categories: Value-Added Concessions (VAC) & Unbundled Assets Approvals (UAA).
The UAA provides opportunity for Nigerian small businesses to take advantage of the commercial opportunities available along the right of way, rest areas, amenities, etc…
While under the VAC, the Road Pavement & Entire Right of Way is  concessioned for development and management by the concessionaire.
The VAC will be unveiled  in phases and the first phase Involves the 12 Federal roads named below…
1. BENIN – ASABA (125KM);
2. ABUJA – LOKOJA (193KM);
3. KANO – KATSINA (150KM);
4. ONITSHA – OWERRI – ABA (161KM);
5. SHAGAMU – BENIN (258KM);
6. ABUJA-KEFFI-AKWANGA (122KM);
7. KANO-MAIDUGURI (196KM)
(Kano-Shuari 100KM)
(Potiskum-Damaturu 96KM);
8. LOKOJA – BENIN (270KM);
9. ENUGU-PORT HARCOURT (200KM);
10. ILORIN – JEBBA (129KM);
11. LAGOS-OTA-ABEOKUTA (80KM);
12. LAGOS – BADAGRY (79KM)
Covering a total of 1,963 kms (5.6% of the 35,000km Federal Road Network) at a cost of N1,134,690,048,000 with 50,000+ direct jobs and 200,000+ indirect jobs.
Also,to  ensure competitiveness and guarantee transparency, a procurement portal serves as the interface with citizens and manages HDMI from procurement to implementation.
It will give access to E-Procurement: The management of the PPP procurement process of the VAC and…
The process of approvals and permits under the UAA & the Vendor Market Place – which specifically promotes local businesses & Vendor Partnerships with prospective concessionaires.
Those interested in the HDMI, offering to provide services like Tolling, Weigh Bridge, Rest Areas can find the HDMI Portal at hdmi.worksandhousing.gov.ng. It opens from Monday, March 29, 2021.
The portal will be open for all HDMI related functions as earlier stated and most importantly, the  application for the VAC, which will be officially advertised the same day.

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