FG awards N28b contract for new Kaduna-Abuja road

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved a N28 billion contract for the construction of a dual carriageway linking Abuja to Kaduna State through the Lower Usman Dam area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, and his FCT counterpart, Bala Mohamed, announced this to newsmen at the end of the FEC meeting chaired by Vice President Namadi Sambo at the State House.
Onolomemen said the road project, expected to be completed within two years, is part of the Lower Usman Dam project, and will run from Dutse Alhaji through Bwari and Gurara to Kaduna.
The first phase of the project had been completed at the cost of N13 billion.
“FEC approved it because of the salutary effect it will have on the city. It will provide more opportunities for even conferences, hotel development and create other employment opportunities for the area.
“We are looking at the creation of bypasses to link the Federal Capital Territory with neighbouring states. Essentially, we are going to be having some kind of ring roads, like a semi circular ring road that will act as a collector roads and move people away from those expressway and dissipate them to different points of the FCT,” the minister said.
On the issue of incessant right of way abuse, especially the increasing number of markets on federal highways, Onolememen said the National Council on Works has tasked the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to enforce  appropriate behaviour on federal roads across the country and to enhance road user education.
He assured that “with the kind of commitments the FRSC has given and with the kind of support we are giving them to scale up enforcement, this issue will be tackled head on shortly.”
The FCT Minister disclosed that FEC also approved the provision of water for the Asokoro Extension and surrounding environments, including Dallas and Sunrise estates, at the cost of about N1.7 billion.
He explained that already, private investors are providing about N100 billion worth of investments, while the water is expected to be provided as part of Federal Government’s complimentary infrastructural facilities for the area.

Daily Independent
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