Abuja-Kaduna road project to be completed by Q1 2024 – Umahi

The Minister of Works, Mr David Umahi, has assured that the reconstruction work on the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano highway would be completed by the first quarter of 2024.

Umahi made this known while inspecting the project on Thursday to assess the progress made so far by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, the contractor handling the project.

The minister, however, frowned at the slow pace of work on the project awarded in 2017.

Umahi noted that insecurity and poor funding were the major challenges affecting the timely completion of the road.

”Work on the 375.9 km dual-carriage Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road is in three phases, with phase three (Zaria-Kano) at 100 per cent completion.

”The phase two (Kaduna- Zaria) was at 60 per cent completion and phase one (Abuja-Kaduna) was only at 20 per cent completion level,” he said.

He said President Bola Tinubu was committed to sort out all impeding factors to ensure that the contractor delivers the project in 2024.

“I am here on the directive of Mr President, who has directed that I must be on site to see most of this ongoing projects before I can put figures together.

“Mr president has asked me to assure Kaduna people and everyone that this road is very important to him as part of his renewed hope agenda for Nigerians.

“He is committed to finishing the road, in 2024 and not 2025 as stated in the contract earlier, and we will match his word with action.

“We are satisfied with the quality of work but we are not satisfied with the pace of work, so we have to find out what are the problems.

“This road is very important, if it is security we will tackle it and provide security in each section where they are working and we also want to deploy solar lights on the roads,” the minister said.

The minister expressed satisfaction with the quality of work on the road but urged the contractor to increase the pace of work.

He directed the contractor to deploy more men and equipment to other sections of the road to ensure that work goes on simultaneously.

He also called on the contractor to introduce concrete in parts of the road to deliver a more durable and lasting road to Nigerians.

The minister, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the government in its commitment to deliver a durable road that would stand the test of time.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria