By Mahmud Gambo Sani
Kano State Government has awarded contract for reconstruction of Ahmadu Bello Way in Kano metropolis, at the cost of N1. 24 billion.
The contract involves expansion of both lanes of the road, construction of culverts, installation of street lights and pavements, among other things.
“This project is part of our strategic plan to ease transportation problems in Kano city,” Governor Ganduje stated during the foundation laying ceremony of the road project on Monday
“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.
Gov. Ganduje said the project is in fulfillment 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 neighborhood consists of residential apartments. Today, I am happy this pledge has been fulfilled.”
He said the project was earlier awarded to a contractor who defaulted, as a result of which it was revoked and re-awarded.
The governor expressed optimism that with the heavy equipment and personnel mobilised to site by the new contractor, Triacta Nigeria Ltd., the project would not only be committed soon, but would also stand the test of time.
In his remarks, the state Commissioner of Works, Alhaji 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. “I am particularly pleased that immediately the company received the contract award letter, it mobilised to site without waiting to collect mobilization fees. This is very commendable,” the commissioner maintained.