- Explains Abuja-Kaduna-Kano road construction delay
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has reassured Nigerians that the ongoing construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge will be completed in 2022.
Fashola who gave the assurance during a town hall meeting to host communities of Anambra and Delta States, regretted that some grounds had been lost in the job occasioned by the conflicts and the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
While putting the cost of the project at N414bn, Fashola underscored the significance of the peace and sacrifice from the host communities. “The President asked me to assure you that nothing would stop the completion of the project in 2022″, he stated.
The Minister has also explained the delay over the construction work on the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria -Kano dual carriageway. On why his ministry didn’t commence the road construction early, Fashola said that the construction work was delayed due to a request for the expansion of the road.
Speaking at a town hall meeting of stakeholders organised by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in the Kaduna State University, (KASU), according to a statement by the ministry on Friday and titled: ‘FG reiterates commitment to completing Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano dual carriageway’, the Minister further stated that some members of the National Assembly had called for the road to be expanded from two lanes to three lanes.