Fashola inaugurates N1.1 billion emergency repairs on Abuja-Kaduna Road

Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (2nd right),Zonal Director North -West, Engr.Busari Olalekan (2nd left), Federal Controller of Works, Kaduna, Engr. Saad Tukur (left), Director Highways, Construction and Rehabilitation, Engr. Femi Oguntominiyi, (right) and others during the Minister's inspection tour of the ongoing Emergency Repairs of Kaduna - Abuja Expressway, Kaduna on Friday 10th, February 2017.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday in Kaduna inaugurated the N1.1 billion emergency repair project on Abuja-Kaduna Road.

Mr. Fashola, who commended the contractor for completing the project on schedule, said the project was awarded on January 7 with a completion period of 50 days.

The minister, represented by Yemi Oguntominiyi, the Director of Highway Construction and Rehabilitation in the ministry, said the emergency repair was necessitated by the planned closure of Abuja Airport.

The Federal Government had in January announced the planned closure of Abuja Airport for six weeks with effect from March 8 to allow for the rehabilitation of the runway.

During the period, passengers coming into Abuja are expected to use Kaduna Airport.

Mr. Fashola said the repair work on the road included patching of potholes, reinstatement of failed pavements sections, strengthening of existing surface and surfacing with asphalt concrete overlay.

He said prior to the repair work, the existing 165 kilometre dual carriage was characterised with several failed sections, portholes and multiple cracks.

“This scenario has led to many black spots resulting to avoidable accidents, kidnapping, armed robbery, increased travel time and high vehicle operating cost.

“This important road, though maintained over the years, has outlived its service life, thus, requires emergency repairs to improve its service level, especially while the Kaduna Airport service Abuja air travellers,” he said.

The minister said the completion of the project would ensure comfortable movement to and fro Kaduna, reduce incidences of kidnapping and improve the socio-economic development of the project corridor.

In his remarks, Luka Davou, Deputy Director of Highway, North-East, attributed the timely completion of the project to the understanding of the commuters and security agencies during the 50 days period.

Mr. Davou commended residents of the project corridor, who despite all odds patiently endured all forms of inconveniences while the repairs lasted.

(NAN)


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  • El Patron

    That’s good. But 1.1 billion seems a bit excessive to me, just to repair the road

    • Bolarite

      There’s a law called freedom of Information, You have the right to ask the Minister to deliver to you full detail of that project. Or consult seasoned construction expert opinion

  • Demeji

    I wonder ooo.Nigerian government with chop and go.We need to minimise resources in the country.We need to source for local materials and cheaper means,to reduce the expenses of constructing roads and bridges.Because people are hungry and suffering from lack of solid economic development in the country.Railways should be developed,faster trains service between each state of the federation.For example faster trains between Abuja and Kaduna ,Lagos to Port Harcourt.
    #1.1billion is too much for road repairing now!!! Government is trying and know politicians go chop but small small now!!! They’re other transportation crying for attention air transport industry,water transport.Anyway good job Fashola the SAN

  • Coach

    Hello nigerians, na only kaduna kanu abuja be nigeria? Wa be say everyday dem go spend so so billions dey build railway build road, Aisha buhari don go build ofernage for madugri and we be one nigeria, who is fooling fooling who, i beg make una go shop chit