Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway

The 1,028-kilometre Abidjan-Lagos Corridor carries more than 75 per cent of trade volume in West Africa, links vibrant seaports, and serves all the landlocked countries in the region-Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

At the 42nd Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State of ECOWAS held in 2013, member countries formally approved the construction of a homogenous highway corridor to link five countries – Ghana, Benin, Togo, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire.

Project Summary

Approval Date21 Sep 2016
Signature Date03 Nov 2017
Planned Completion Date31 Dec 2024
Last Disbursement Planned Date31 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-SovereignSovereign
DAC Sector Code21023
CommitmentU.A 1,000,000

Geographic Location

CoordinatesLocation Name
5.30966 -4.01266Abidjan
6.36736 2.4225Cotonou
6.07373 1.03452Agbosome
4.934 -1.7137Sekondi-Takoradi
6.45306 3.39583Lagos
5.10535 -1.2466Cape Coast
5.55602 -0.1969Accra
6.13748 1.21227Lomé

Project General Description

The present study project is part of the preparation of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project. The Abidjan-Lagos Corridor is a link in the Dakar-Lagos Corridor, part of the trans-African highway of the ECOWAS region, whose development has been identified as one of the priorities of the Infrastructure Development Program in Africa (PIDA). This infrastructure is more than essential for the socio-economic development of West Africa, because it connects the most densely populated and economically active parts of the sub-region and, moreover, has interconnections with a railways network and the main ports and airports in its coverage area. The new Abidjan -Lagos motorway will have six lanes (2×3 lanes), the study to be undertaken will be based on a basic principle: follow a new route, incorporating sections of the existing road, where necessary, in order to optimize the road. Thus, this study should provide stakeholders with the tools and capacity to make informed decisions about corridor investment and operation interventions to achieve the above development objectives. The estimated cost is UA 11.08 million (USD 15.59 million).

Project Objectives

The objective of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Study is to carry out all necessary studies on the technical and general aspects necessary for the effective implementation, operations and economic development of the Corridor, mainly between Abidjan and Lagos via Accra, Lome and Cotonou. The study will identify, once implemented, the above mentioned project areas and beneficiaries.


The corridor is located on the coastal axis of the region and crosses the economic centers and the most densely populated cities of the sub-region. The population along this axis is estimated at 70 million and will be the direct beneficiaries when the project is implemented.

Ghana’s 520-km stretch of the project spans Yamoransa-Aboansa and Aburi-Afineya.  The $15.6 billion project is expected to be financed through a Public Private Partnership Agreement .

The project preparation and technical studies is being funded by the African
Development Bank, European Union and the ECOWAS Commission.

The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has urged the five countries involved in the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project to ramp up the mobilisation of resources for the project to take off. 

He said the prompt execution of the 1,028-kilometre road project was critical for sustainable development in the sub-region as it would improve transportation and facilitate commercial activities, particularly in the wake of the implementation of the Africa Continent Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 

The Vice-President made the call in a speech read on his behalf by the Senior Advisor to the President, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, at the opening session of the 19th ministerial steering committee meeting of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project in Accra.

The meeting is made up of ministers responsible for Road and Infrastructure in the five corridor member countries – Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo. For about 10 years now, the steering committee has been working on issues such as drawing up of the legal framework to guide the process of building the road infrastructure, harmonising the technical standards and specifications, raising funds, and procurement for various stages of the project.

Dr Bawumia observed that with most of the preparatory works already done, the time had come for the countries involved in the project to be more committed to its commencement. He stressed that the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Project was on the priority list of the government because it would be a game changer in terms of trade facilitation. “We keenly look forward to the day that the sod will be cut for the commencement of works,” he said. 

The Vice-President added that the integration of the rail infrastructure and industrial zones along the corridor would help the sub-region to achieve the full potential of the highway project.

For his part, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Hon. Kwasi Amoako-Attah, said the cost of compensation needed to be quickly assessed and funds made available to secure the Right of Way as quickly as possible before the project commenced. 

He said Ghana had finished sensitisation of communities along the proposed route for the highway project and, it was evident that the chiefs and people were expectant of work to begin. However, he observed that it was imperative to pay compensations promptly because the inability to do that had the potential to stall the progress or work. 

He expressed the optimism that with more commitment by the steering committee and other stakeholders, the project would be delivered. “The task of developing this corridor highway project going through five countries is a daunting task, however, I am convinced that given the commitment shown by our steering committee, ably supported by the team of experts, we shall deliver this project to the benefit of ECOWAS,” he said.

The Chairman of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Project, Babatunde Raji Fashola, said the committee had been diligent in the discharge of its responsibility. The Nigerian Works and Housing Minister said the committee had laid a solid foundation for the implementation stage of the project.

He said the foundation had been laid for the highway to be constructed in line with current environmental and development dynamics such as the global climate crisis and sustainability issues.

Mr Babatunde called on the ECOWAS Commission to intervene to bring Benin back to the planning table so that the project could be implemented holistically.