About 44.57 percent, representing over 124.46 of the Kano-Zaria road reconstruction project has been completed and handed over to traffic as at the end of June, 2022.
The Project Manager of the section III of the project, covering Kano-Zaria, Finn Rodowski, disclosed this on Friday when he received an inspection team of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, led by Director Highways, Construction and Rehabilitation of the ministry, Engr. Folorunso Esan.
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The team was in Kano to inspect some federal road projects in the state.
Rodowski also said the contractors are confident of completing the section of the project before the end of the first quarter of 2023.
“Our challenges are those that come with every construction work where we close one site of the road and only one is opened for the public. So, I want to appeal to all the stakeholders to bear with us for the inconveniences it brings to everybody, but I want to assure the public that this project will be completed by end of March 2023, as promised,” he explained.
Also speaking, the Highway Director of the Ministry, Adetayo Taiwo, said he is satisfied with the quality and speed of the work and is impressed with their performance so far.
He however lamented how some drivers obstruct the construction sites by indiscriminately parking by the roadside, and called on law enforcement agencies to intervene in order to minimize the rate of accident on the road.
The team also inspected the ongoing Kano Western Bypass road construction in Kano metropolis, where the Project Manager, Roy Hungushi, promised to complete in 12 months time.
He however complained of how inflation threatens the project, saying there are materials they used to buy at the rate of N11m at the beginning of the project but have now soared to over N34m.
Daily Trust reported that the 375 Abuja-Kaduna-Kano dual carriage road reconstruction project was awarded to Julius Berger Nigeria Limited in 2017, with the initial completion target of 36 months.
It was however at different times extended due to numerous challenges, with the latest extension promising to deliver it before the elapse of the tenure of the the present administration in May, 2023.