Kano State Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso has flagged off the dualisation of Kabuga-BUK new site road and Sheikh Jafar road, both of which will cost N3.03 billion and N2.24 billion respectively.
At the foundation laying of the projects in Kano, Governor Kwankwaso explained that they are intended to fast-track economic development and modernisation of Kano City, which has continued to attract unprecedented human and vehicular traffic due to its commercial eminence.
The governor, who disclosed that similar projects would be executed along Hadejia and Zaria roads, assured that all the roads will be of high quality. He, therefore, appealed to the people, particularly those plying routes along which the projects are being executed, to bear with the inconveniences that may arise during the work.
While appealing to the people to extend the required support to government and contractors toward the successful completion of the project, Kwankwaso warned traders and vendors to desist from displaying their wares on pavements to avoid inconveniencing commuters and other road users.
He also called for responsible road usage among the citizenry, pointing out that the state Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) was established recently to make sure that the people in Kano do not misuse the roads in the state.
In his speech, the state Commissioner for Land and Physical Planning, Alhaji Muhammad Nadu Yahya who focused on the technical details of the projects explained that they are Federal roads which the state government decided to undertake in view of their strategic importance.
In a related development, Governor Kwankwaso inspected the on- going construction work at the site of the second state-owned university, North West West University to assess the level of progress as part of activities marking the first year anniversary of his administration.
The governor also visited Mamuda Tanneries Ltd. at Challawa, a suburb of Kano city where he praised the management for investing in the state despite the daunting challenges and for recruiting many indigenes of Kano.
The managing director of the company, Alhaji Mukhtar Ali Daura, who is the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Benin in the state, conducted the governor round. He explained that the company employed 4,000 workers to compliment the Kwankwaso administration’s job creation initiative and described the governor’s visit to the company as very encouraging.