Why We Didn’t Commence Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Road Construction Early — Fashola

Why We Didn’t Commence Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Road Construction Early — Fashola


Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN, has said that construction work on the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria -Kano dual carriageway was delayed due to a request for the expansion of the road.

Fashola explained that some members of the National Assembly had called for the road to be expanded from two lanes to three lanes.

Speaking at a town hall meeting of stakeholders organised by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in the Kaduna State University Conference hall, according to a statement by the ministry on Friday and titled, ‘FG reiterates commitment to completing Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano dual carriageway’.

Shortly after we commissioned the road, we received a letter from the senators in the National Assembly asking the Federal Government to expand the road from two lanes to three lanes. That was not from us; it was from the National Assembly,  the Senators, and they wrote to the President and copied my ministry.

Meanwhile, Fashola assured that the Federal Government would complete the 2nd Niger Bridge in 2022.

The minister, who spoke at a town hall meeting with host communities of Anambra and Delta states on Friday, said though some grounds had been lost in the job due to conflicts and the coronavirus pandemic, the 2022 date was sacrosanct.

Each lane is 375km. So, if you multiply that by four, we are building 1, 500km of highway. No matter how hard you tried to work, if there was 25 hours in one day to do this work, we will commit to it, but the truth is that materials take time to react, minimum and maximum processes must be observed.

“Mr President is more passionate and concerned about finishing this road and many others before his constitutional term ends.”

 

(Punchng)

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