House committee orders opening of Abuja-Kano road project

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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The House of Representatives has urged Julius Berger Company, contractor of the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Road Project to open up completed sections of the road to reduce the avoidable difficulties Nigerians flying the road are facing.

The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Works, Abubakar Kabir Abubakar, gave the directives at a meeting with the Ministry of works and Julius Berger Nigeria Plc at the National Assembly.

Mr. Abubakar who decried the slow pace of work and frequent crashes on the road expressed doubts that Berger PLC could deliver the project within 36 months despite receiving over 50 billion Naira about 160 million US Dollar representing 32 percent of the total contract sum.

“I doubt if Julius Berger PLC could deliver the project within 36 months.

You received over fifty billion Naira (N50billion) which is about thirty-two (32%) percent of the total contract sum.

You have to open up all the completed sections of road to reduce carnage.” The lawmaker said.

He therefore directed the Federal Ministry of works and Housing to consider involving other contractors to handle some sections of the road to ensure timely completion.

He added that “I think you (the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing) should consider involving other contractors to handle some sections of the road to ensure timely completion.” 

Responding Regional Manger North Central Julius Berger Nigeria, Benjamin Bott reaffirmed the commitment of the company to deliver the project within the stipulated time of 36 months.

Mr. Bott added that measures are being put in place in collaboration with FRSC to fix potholes along the road and reduce road accidents.