FG’II complete Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road May – Fashola
.The Minister (2ndL) Mr Babatunde Raji-Fashola, SAN, flanked by Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari (1st L) and Managing Director of Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Aminu Umar-Sadiq. (R) during the inspection.
By Bosede Olufunmi
The Federal Government says work on the Kaduna-Zaria-Kano highway will be completed before May 29.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji-Fashola, SAN, disclosed this on Monday, while on pre-inauguration inspection of the highway.
The section of the highway is part of the 375.4 Kilometre Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano project awarded during the first tenure of the Buhari administration.
He said that the section would be completed and inaugurated before President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office in May.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the reconstruction of Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano carriageway is divided into three sections.
Fashola said while the second and third sections covering 210 kilometers was almost completed, section one from Abuja to Kaduna will be left for the incoming administration to undertake.
“Section I (Abuja-Kaduna) will continue beyond the tenure of this administration, we lost about a year in 2022, due to criminal activities and rights of way,” he added.
Fashola explained that issues that delayed the work include the relocation of buildings, electricity installations, and markets.
“All we need is to collaborate with Minister of Federal Capital, governments of Niger and Kaduna states, to enable the work move faster and smoothly,” he said.
Similarly, the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, disclosed that the second Niger bridge is also ready for inauguration.
He described it as the third legacy project of the Buhari administration.
Gambari commended the President for making resources available for infrastructure development across the country.
The Managing Director, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Aminu Umar-Sadiq, said they were involved in funding some projects.
He said apart from funding, it was important to resolve issues of right of way and security for the projects to proceed according to schedule