Fiscal Commission decries state of 11-year-old Kaduna Eastern Bye-Pass road project


yero_kaduna_3The Fiscal Responsibility Commission, on Wednesday urged the Federal government to speed up all contract processes to complete the Kaduna Eastern bye pass-road project, awarded 11 years ago.

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Alhaji Zakari Sada the Commissioner Planning, Research and Statistics at the commission, made the call while inspecting the project in Kaduna.

Sada decried the state of the project which was only 30 per cent complete.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project was awarded in Sept. 2002 at the cost of N16 billion, but the figure had since jerked up to N24 billion.

“Only 16 kilometres out of the 58 kilometres awarded in 2002 had been completed due to inadequate funding by the federal government.

“We hope there will be a way out of this unending project; we assure that we will do anything possible within our power to make this project a reality,” Sada said.

Also speaking, Alhaji Mohammed Garba, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), representing the Civil Societies on the Commission, said he would ensure the channelling of the SURE-P fund to complete the project.

“Let us all appreciate the challenges on this project and draw a solution from the challenges; I am assuring you that it would soon be completed.

“As a member of the SURE-P I have observed that this is a very important road project and SURE-P would not relent in its intervention efforts on road projects across the country.

“SURE-P has spent N300 billion from February 2012 till date, and 41 per cent of the money had been expended on different road projects.”

Also speaking, Alhaji Aminu Gambo, a Director of the company handling the road project, told members of the commission that so far N11 billion had been paid to them by the federal government since the project started.

He attributed some of the delays in completing work on the road to “flawed  contracting processes and price variations”.

Gambo urged the federal government to fund the project properly as it would improve the economy of the state and the nation. (NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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