By Najem Francis, Sokoto
Sokoto State Executive Council has approved over N1.5 billion for the construction, rehabilitation and expansion of a number of rural roads across the state.
A statement issued by the Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, said that the roads would open up the rural areas and ease transportation difficulties usually encountered by farmers in moving their farm produce to urban markets.
It also said that the roads would ensure access to quality life for rural dwellers while at the same time halting rural-urban drift.
The roads include the 11km Gidan Sarki to Dabagi to Ambarura road in Illela LGA at the cost of N200 million; upgrading and tarring of the 18km Kebbe to Ungushi road at the cost of N409 million and construction of the Gwadabawa-Cimola feeder road at the total cost of N202 million.
“Others include construction of 25 km feeder road to link Kwanar Bawa to Gidan Dadi to Kwannawa to Kwacce Huro to Arabar Birni to Arabar Daji to Gidima and eventually to Kalanjeni at the cost of N242 million.
“Similarly, the Council approved the tarring of 7.5 km road from Gusau main road to Rikina, Dogon Runji, Sabaru which joins Sokoto Eastern By-pass at the cost of over N168 million.
“The rest are tarring of 4km Modaci to Gazau road at the cost of N107 naira as well as upgrading and tarring of 2km Yabo By-pass road to Buware at the cost of N55 million,” it added.
He added that the government has also awarded contract for the construction of 18km road linking Goronyo, Illela and Gadon Mata in Goronyo LGA at the cost over N290.
He charged the contractors to keep to specifications and complete the projects on schedule.