The federal government has expressed satisfaction over the progress of work on the Kano-Kastina road dualisation project.
The minister of state for Power, Works and Housing, Mustafa Shehuri, made this known in Kano during his recent working visit to the state, after inspecting the two major federal road projects , which are dualisation of Kano-Katsina road and construction of another from Wudil (Kano State) to Jegaware (Jigawa State).
Commending the project managers for a job well done, the minister said, “Honestly, I am impressed by what they have been able to do within a very short time amidst challenges. The project was awarded in 2013, but it was just in July, this year that the contractor was paid mobilisation fee, less than three months and the earth work they have done now is over 21km.”
He expressed the hope that, given the pace of work, incredible result was possible at the end of the year, assuring the team of government’s support.
The contract for the dualisation of the 74 km Kano-Katsina road, being handled by Messrs CCECC Nigeria Ltd, whose sum is put at N14 billion, was awarded on 13th November, 2013 to span 30 months beginning from the commencement date of 30th January, 2014 to the completion date of 26th June, 2016.
Statistics made available shows that the project for which about N1.6 billion (1/3) was paid as at June, 2016, though not captured in the 2016 budget, has reached 2.20 per cent (1/3) completion stage with a time lapse of 106.66 per cent.
On the other hand, the minister, who expressed dissatisfaction with the progress of work on the construction of Wudil-Utai-Achika-Darki-Jegaware road, urged the contractor and his work team to brace up and do more.
Responding to the challenge of fund earlier mentioned by the project manager, the minister assured that though given the circumstances the government has found itself in, it may not pay all the money at once, it would look into the issue of fund from time to time with close monitoring of the work.
“You have done fairly well. You need to improve on the work. I will be coming here from time to time to ensure that you are kept on your toes,” the minister told him.
The Wudil-Jegaware construction work, which is alleged to have no budgetary provision in the 2016 Appropriation Act, being handled by Birak Engineering and Co. Ltd, 21 km long, was awarded to commence on the 20th, December, 2012, and initially scheduled for completion on the 19th December, 2013 at the cost of N4.3billion.