Works Minister Assures Of Commitment To Complete Abuja- Kaduna- Kastina-Kano Federal Highway

L-R: Honourable Minister of Works, His Excellency, Sen. Engr. Dr. Nweze David Umahi CON and the Governor of Kaduna State, His Excellency, Sen. Uba Sani during a courtesy visit to his office, Mabushi-Abuja.


The Honourable Minister of Works, His Excellency, Sen. Engr. Dr. Nweze David Umahi CON  has reiterated  the commitment  of Federal Government  under the Renewed Hope administration of the President of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR to completing  the Abuja- Kaduna-Kastina- Kano Federal  Highway  within a record  time.

He stated this during a courtesy visit of the Governor of Kaduna State, His Excellency, Sen. Uba Sani to his office, Mabushi-Abuja, on 7th May 2024.

A statement issued by Hon Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji, Special Adviser (Media) to the Honourable Minister of Works, quoted the Honourable Minister  as saying during the event, that  he had the directive  of Mr. President to present  a programme  that could see to the completion  of the project within  the next one year.

He assured the Governor that the project, which was inherited   from the past administration, would  be started in three sections as soon as possible.

He said, “We are going to have the first section of 38 kilometers by 2, (which is 76 kilometers,) done by Dangote  Group  of Companies on Tax Credit and it’s going to use concrete to do it. We will allow the next 82 kilometers for Julius Berger to handle. And then the last 20 kilometers by 2,  (which is 40 kilometers) for  BUA to handle and  to also use concrete to do that. And I can assure you that the job will start in these three sections within this month of May.”

The Honourable Minister  commended  the Governor  for the peace and development being witnessed in  Kaduna State under his administration despite inherent challenges.

“I want to commend you very highly. In spite of the challenges you have in your State, you have started extremely very well. And God will be with you. God will provide  the means  because you mean well  for the nation, for your people in Kaduna State and in fact, for everyone who is living in Kaduna State. I want to commend you. I commend you for the peace of the State, the unity of the State and the oneness of the State, irrespective of religion .”

He further  stated that the  President’s  directive on designing  1000 kilometers  Sokoto- Badagry  Highway was being  handled with dispatch by the Federal Ministry of Works, noting  that  the project  would cover the old African  trade route  of Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Ondo,  Oyo, Ogun, Lagos States, connecting  to Badagry.

He also stated that a proposal was being made to link the South East to the North through the Trans Sahara Highway  that would have a spur passing through Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa, and end in Abuja.

On his part, the Governor of Kaduna State, His Excellency, Sen. Uba Sani State extolled the vision and will of the President of Nigeria  in revolutionizing  road infrastructure, which  is a catalyst  for the socio- economic development  of  the  nation, and the commitment  of the Honourable Minister of Works  which has changed  the narrative in the development of road infrastructure in Nigeria.

He said,” I have to commend him for his effort. Since his assumption to office, he has made us proud, because he has done extremely well, and because he has been able to follow the blueprint of our President, who has promised everyone when he was elected, that he would take development to every part of Nigeria, irrespective of those that elected him or not. And of course, that is the agenda, that is the Renewed Hope. Today, we are proud to say that development is reaching everywhere in Nigeria.”

He commended the President’s initiative  to construct Lagos-Calabar road and the Sokoto-Badagry road, noting that the projects  would enhance the socio-economic potential  of the country when completed.

He emphasized the importance of Federal Government’s intervention on the Eastern Bypass in Kaduna State, the Mando-Benigwari road connecting the North West. He said that the road was of prime importance for agricultural programmes in the North.

“And for all of us in Northern Nigeria, you will agree with me that farming is very important. And what we really want is creating opportunities for people that are in the rural areas. That will certainly help, particularly our farmers, linking our farms with markets. Our people believe in this infrastructure to support our farmers,” the governor said.

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