Abuja-Kano road: Fashola blames ‘senators’ request’ for slow pace of work

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Abuja-Kano road: Fashola blames ‘senators’ request’ for slow pace of work

Published November 20

Babatunde Fashola

Sodiq Oyeleke

Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has explained that one of the reasons for the delay in the construction of Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano was the request made by some members of the National Assembly to expand the road from two lanes to three lanes.

A statement from the Ministry of Works’ Deputy Director Press and Public Relations, Boade Akinola, quoted Fashola as saying this at the town hall meeting of stakeholders organised by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing held in the Kaduna State University Conference Hall, Kaduna.

The statement issued on Friday was titled, ‘FG Reiterates Commitment to Completing Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria -Kano Dual Carriageway’.

Fashola also reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to completing the ongoing reconstruction of the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano dual carriageway.

Responding to various questions from stakeholders who wanted to know why the construction work on the road was taking too long, the minister was quoted as saying, “Shortly after we flagged off the road, we received a letter from the Senators in the National Assembly asking the Federal Government to expand the road from two lanes to three lanes, that was not from us, it was from the National Assembly, the Senators and they wrote to the President and copied my Ministry.”

Explaining further, Fashola stated that based on the directive from the Presidency to undertake that expansion, “we needed to redesign an expansion to accommodate about 40 different bridges on this road to align with the lanes.

“So if they are going to expand from two to three lanes, a new design needed to be created. The process for doing that required us to hire a design consultant. We had to follow the procurement process established by the National Assembly.”

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