Monday, May 15, 2017 6:03 pm
The Federal Government has taken over the construction of the Kishi-Kaiama road project as well as the dualisation of the Michael Imodu-Ganmo road in Ilorin.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed had in 2014 flagged off the construction of the deplorable 64 kilometre Kishi-Kaiama road in the Northern part of the state
The Kwara State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya, who made this known on Monday in Ilorin, also said the Federal Government had awarded the construction of the Kabba-Omu-Aran and Share-Patigi-Jebba roads.
Yahaya said that construction of the roads had been captured in the Federal Government’s 2017 budget.
The commissioner noted that the initial decision of the state government to construct the Kishi-Kaiama road was driven by the need to promote the wellbeing of the people in the area and boost commerce.
According to him, the rehabilitation of the road was to reduce the hardship experienced by thepeople on the route.
Yahaya said that the state government had expended the sum of N500 million on construction work before the Federal Government took over the funding of the project.
He appealed to the Federal Government to accelerate the release of funds to the contractor handling the project to ensure speedy completion in order to ease the hardship faced by the people plying the road.
The commissioner also urged the Federal Government to refund the money spent by the state government on the road and other federal roads in the state.
Yahaya said that this would enable the state government utilise the money on other infrastructural projects in the state.
He said that the state government would continue to rehabilitate the roads subject to agreement with the contractors.