The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara has revealed that the Federal Government will embark on roads projects worth N50 billion in parts of Bauchi State.
Hon Dogara, disclosed this while flagging-off road projects in his Dass/Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State. He stated that the 50 kilometer Dass – Wand – Baraza –Dur – Lushi – Zunbul – Folchi – Dott – Dundot road was a joint effort of all members of the National Assembly from the State.
The Speaker added that under the N50 billion worth of roads projects to be undertaken include the reconstruction of Bauchi-Gombe which contract has already been awarded, Kano-Bauchi North and Bauchi Central up to Maiduguri.
According to him if the roads were to be done by the state government, it would take 10 years.
Dogara said: “I want to tell you that these are not the only roads projects we are going to undertake, there are other roads projects and by the grace of God, we will finish them in the next 2 years.
“We have a contractor here in our midst who is charged with the responsibility of roads projects who has been awarded the contract, and it will successfully be executed”.
“The highway being built from Kano to Maiduguri cutting through Bauchi central, we are ensuring that it attracts the appropriate funding to finish it in good time, we are representing the people of Bauchi State. We will be able to attract federal projects across the lengths and breaths of our state”.
“The value of all the roads across the state that we are doing is over 50 billion Naira. If we were to rely on the state government only to do that work, it cannot be done in 10 years. So who says there’s no benefit in representation”, he queried.
The Speaker, who was accompanied to the event by some members of the both arms of the National Assembly from all the geo-political zones of the country, assured that the road projects he was flagging off will be completed by 2019.
He said the roads to be constructed are Burga – Plateau, Pankshin – Tapshin – Sara-Mangu which will also connect Lere -Jos.
He therefore called on the Plateau state government to complete the road from Zwall – Mai Juju which is at the boundary between Bauchi and Plateau States.