Days after his appointment as in-charge of African Union Infrastructure, former Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga, has announced plans to construct a 6,000km road linking Mombasa in Kenya to Lagos in Nigeria in bid to link Africa through modern highways and railways.
Odinga indicated that he will oversee construction of the road linking Kenya to Nigeria via road among his priorities as African Union’s high representative of infrastructure and development.
The Trans-African highway project was commissioned in 1971 to open up continent for trade.
Nine highways proposed over four decades ago, only the 4,500kms road between Dakar and N’Djamena in Chad had been constructed.
“Primary projects will be an 8,000 kms highway linking Cairo (Egypt) to Dakar in Senegal. Another 8, 0000 kms road will stretch from Cairo and Cape Town (South Africa). A 6,000kms road linking Mombasa (Kenya) to Lagos (Nigeria) is part of this ambitious project,” said Raila Odinga.
“My belief is that having reliable road infrastructure and railways linking all corners of Africa will open up the continent and make it a gateway to the 21st century. Through my new position I am determined to take Africa to economic independence,” Raila said.