The Federal Minstry of Works and Housing on Friday said the ongoing reconstruction work on the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano road project will be completed by 2023.
The Director, Highways Construction and Rehabilitation, FMWH, Funso Adebiyi, disclosed this during the ongoing visit to the project site to assess the progress of work on the project.
According to a statement issued in Abuja by the ministry’s Deputy Director, Press, Salisu Haiba, Adebiyi was quoted as saying, “We are satisfied with the quality of work going on and we are working to increase the pace of work.
“Work is going on simultaneously on all sections of both lanes of the dual carriage 375km long road from Abuja to Kaduna and to Kano.”
The statement explained that the road was initially meant for rehabilitation, but noted that full reconstruction work was currently ongoing.
However, Adebiyi appealed to road users to bear the discomfort being experienced everyday as a result of blockages and diversions.
He said that it was a necessary action in the construction of an infrastructure of such magnitude, adding that the volume of vehicular traffic on the road was high.
On the level of work done so far, Adebiyi said, “We have made a lot of progress. Over 100km, although not at a stretch, have been completed under section one to three (Abuja-Kano).”
“Also, 40km has been completed under section two (Kaduna-Zaria), and 70km completed under section three (Zaria-Kano).”
Furthermore, he noted that while some sections of the road were also at different levels of completion, remedial works were being carried out on the sections that were critically bad in order to facilitate movement.
The Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road reconstruction project was awarded to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc on December 20, 2017.
The project commenced on May 21, 2018 with 36 months completion period.