The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN, stated that the development work on the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano twin carriageway was delayed attributable to a request to increase the street.
Fashola defined that some members of the Nationwide Meeting known as for the street to be prolonged from two to 3 lanes.
Talking at a gathering of the prefecture of events organized by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing within the convention room at Kaduna State College, in keeping with an announcement from the ministry on Friday and entitled, ‘FG reiterates its dedication to conclude Abuja- Kaduna-Zaria-Kano twin carriageway ‘.
“Shortly after we inaugurated the freeway, we obtained a letter from the senators of the Nationwide Meeting asking the Federal Authorities to increase the freeway from two to 3 lanes. This was not ours; it was from the Nationwide Meeting, from the senators, and so they wrote to the president and copied my ministry.
In the meantime, Fashola ensured that the Federal Authorities would full the 2nd Niger Bridge in 2022.
The minister, who spoke at a metropolis corridor assembly with host communities within the states of Anambra and Delta on Friday, stated that whereas some areas had been misplaced at work attributable to conflicts and the coronavirus pandemic, the 2022 date was sacrosanct. .
“We wanted to revamp an enlargement to accommodate round 40 totally different bridges on this street to align with the tracks. So, if they’ll increase from two to 3 tracks, a brand new challenge must be created. The method for doing this required us to rent a design marketing consultant. We needed to comply with the acquisition course of established by the Nationwide Meeting, ”he stated.
Fashola additionally stated that after going by way of all of the bidding processes to revamp the three lanes, the ministry obtained one other instruction to return to the 2 lanes attributable to a scarcity of funds.
“Every observe is 375 km lengthy. So, in the event you multiply that by 4, we shall be constructing 1,500 km of freeway. As a lot as you tried to work, if in at some point there have been 25 hours to do that work, we are going to decide to it, however the fact is that the supplies take time to react, the minimal and most processes have to be noticed.
“Mr President, you might be extra passionate and anxious with ending this street and lots of others earlier than the top of your constitutional mandate.”
He added: “The president requested me to guarantee him that nothing would forestall the challenge from being accomplished in 2022. The challenge is ongoing; due to the governors of the states of Anambra and Delta, their Excellencies, Willie Obiano and Ifeanyi Okowa, respectively, for his or her efforts to revive normality right here. “