Reps summon PermSec, others on road projects

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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The House of Representatives Committee on Works has summoned the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Housing, the Director Highways construction, as well as Julius Berger plc on the status of the ongoing works on the Abuja-Kaduna, Zaria-Kano road projects.

The Committee has also called on Julius Berger to as a matter of public necessity open the already completed sections of the Abuja-Kaduna express way to motorists to ease vehicular movement.

This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the chairman of the Committee, Abubakat Kabir Abubakar.

The committee said the need for the explanations has become necessary following barrage of complaints by well-meaning Nigerians travelling on the corridor.

“The ongoing rehabilitation a d dualization of the Abuja-Kaduma highway is causing untold hardship to motorists and other road users plying that road.

The partial closure of some sections have caused enormous financial and labour time losses due to road traffic congestion and long hours spent on the road.

It has been observed that the quality of life of those commuting on that has started to decline. A journey that normally takes 4 hours now takes at least 9 hours to complete.” Mr. Abubakar said in the statement.

While expressing the House commitment to the welfare of Nigerians, the Committee urged Julius Barger to do all it can to complete the project on time.

“We call on the construction company working on the road to expedite action on the project so as to complete it on time. They should immediately open up closed sections of the road they have completed to motorists so as to reduce the long hours spent travelling on the road.

We also call on relevant authorities such as the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Nigeria police force to provide adequate security and ensure that motorists drive within the maximum speed limit of 50 km per hour as prescribed by the National Raid Traffic Regulations, 2012 as the maximum limit allowed at construction zones.” The statement said.

It also urged motorists and other road users to strictly observe the traffic rules.

“They should ensure that motorists observe lane discipline and avoid driving against traffic.” The statement added.