THE ABUJA-KADUNA ROAD TO BE FREE OF POT-HOLES, FASHOLA PLEDGES

FASHOLA.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Saturday, gave the assurance that the Abuja-Kaduna road would be pothole free to ensure safety of commuters ahead of the planned closure of Abuja Airport, slated for March 8.

Fashola gave this assurance in Kaduna during an inspection of the road project. He explained that the work currently going on the road was just an emergency measure to get rid of the pot-holes, making it road worthy for commuters. Quoting him, “The project is not to build the road yet; what we are doing is emergency, to remove all potholes to reduce the risk of accidents during the six-week closure of Abuja Airport. “As you can see, some sections have been resurfaced completely, but that is not the main reconstruction of the road; so let’s be clear of what is being done”.

He further explained that the whole contract for this emergency intervention was to cover the potholes on the entire length of 160 kilometres, two lanes on one side and another two lanes on the other side.  The former governor of Lagos state went on to disclose that about N1 billion was ear marked for the 620 kilometres portholes, “”¦and that is not the amount we need to build the road”.  


According to the minister, “we are optimistic that we will deliver on our own end to support the Ministry of Transport on the airport repairs” He said the contract for the building of the road was currently undergoing procurement process before the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP). According to him, this road was completed in the early 90s when it was expanded from a single carriage to a dual carriage way. He said the road had not witnessed any major repairs since it was built over two decades ago. The minister went on to say the rebuilding of the road would commence as soon as the procurement process was completed. The emergency contract to remove potholes on the road followed the decision to close Abuja Airport for six weeks from 8 March. Thereafter, air traffic and passengers would be diverted from Abuja to Kaduna.

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