Why we didn’t commence Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road construction early — Fashola

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Minister of Works and Housing , Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN , has said that construction work on the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria -Kano dual carriageway was delayed due to a request for the expansion of the road.

Fashola explained that some members of the National Assembly had called for the road to be expanded from two lanes to three lanes .

Speaking at a town hall meeting of stakeholders organised by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in the Kaduna State University Conference hall, according to a statement by the ministry on Friday and titled, ‘ FG reiterates commitment to completing Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano dual carriageway ’ .

“ Shortly after we commissioned 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 .

Meanwhile , Fashola assured that the Federal Government would complete the 2nd Niger Bridge in 2022 .

The minister , who spoke at a town hall meeting with host communities of Anambra and Delta states on Friday , said though some grounds had been lost in the job due to conflicts and the coronavirus pandemic, the 2022 date was sacrosanct .

“ 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, ” he said.

Fashola further stated that after going through all the processes of procurement for redesigning to three lanes , the ministry received another instruction to revert back to two lanes due to paucity of fund.

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