Kano state government has awarded the contract for the reconstruction of Ahmadu Bello Way in the metropolis, at the cost of N1. 24 billion.
Solacebase reports that the contract involves the expansion of both lanes of the road, construction of culverts, installation of street lights and pavements, among other things.
This was contained in a statement issued by Director-General, Media and Public Relations to the Governor, Ameen K. Yassar on Tuesday and sent to Solacebase.
“This project is part of our strategic plan to ease transportation problems in Kano city”, the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje stated during the foundation laying ceremony of the road project, on Monday evening.
“This road was named to immortalize the late Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, so it is important that it must be in good shape, not only to facilitate traffic but also to honour the great man”, the governor stated.
The statement noted that Gov. Ganduje said the project is in fulfilment of a promise he made earlier this year. “You will recall that some time ago I attended a function at the Saudi Consulate in Kano, whose office complex is along this road, and I made a promise to reconstruct it because of the teeming citizens plying it and because the sprawling neighbourhood consists of residential apartments. Today, I am happy this pledge has been fulfilled”.
According to the statement, Ganduje said the project was earlier awarded to a contractor who defaulted, as a result of which the contract was revoked and re-awarded.
‘’The governor expressed optimism that with the heavy equipment and personnel mobilized to the site by the new contractor, Triacta Nigeria Ltd., the project would not only be committed soon but would also stand the test of time.’’
The state Commissioner of Works, Alh. Idris Unguwar Rimi stated that the government has confidence in the ability of the contractor because the company had executed landmark projects in the state, ‘’said the statement.
“I am particularly pleased that immediately the company received the contract award letter, it mobilized to site without waiting to collect mobilization fees. This is very commendable”, the commissioner maintained.