Abidjan-Lagos Highway Project to Commence Soon.

The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) recently stipulated that the construction of the 1028-kilometer Abidjan-Lagos highway project will commence in January 2024, which will begin with the procurement for the main construction and the actual construction work. 

A workshop was convened in Lagos by the project implementation Unit of the Commission’s Spatial Development Initiative to exchange ideas and comprehensively assess the highway project’s physical, economic, and social aspects. 


The chairman of the Spatial Development Initiative, Ebere Izunobi divulged that experts from five member countries, namely, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin Republic, and Cote D’Ivoire congregated to discuss the project aimed at transforming the lives of those living along this corridor. He also highlighted that transport infrastructure has been accorded top priority in the ECOWAS commission’s programs. 


As disclosed by Ebere Izunobi, the project has been deliberated upon and was approved during the meeting of the Heads of state. The highway, known as the “Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway” spans approximately 1028 kilometers, connecting major cities and traversing an area that has significant economic potential. 

While reiterating SDI’s commitment to collaborating with individual countries to ensure that nations along this corridor embark on developmental projects, such as establishing port services along the coastal area, constructing companies, facilitating the transportation of raw materials, and promoting the importation of goods and services, among other endeavors, Ebere Izunobi stated, “Spatial Development Initiative is the organization responsible for designing the project. We are currently in the design phase, and by the end of this year, once the design is completed, along with the environmental assessment and engineering design, the project tender documents will be made available in the market.”


“The success of the road project hinges on its ability to connect, facilitate, and boost business development. That’s why the ECOWAS commission, which is coordinating the project on behalf of member states, has engaged a consultant to oversee the project’s development along the corridor.”

The Head of Road and Railways at the ECOWAS Commission, Ashoke Maliki also emphasized that the Abidjan-Lagos highway corridor is a crucial socio-economic link within the ECOWAS region as part of the trans-African road and motorway program.


He highlighted that the project encompasses more than mere highway construction, as it involves a comprehensive and coordinated system of intermodal transport and logistics infrastructures and services that facilitate trade. 


This project proposes to link some of Africa’s largest and most economically dynamic cities including Abidjan, Accra, Cotonou, Lome, and Lagos, while also encompassing a significant portion of West Africa’s population and connecting bustling seaports serving landlocked countries, such as Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. 


This project was approved in 2016 and is expected to be completed in December 2024

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