By Stanley Onyekwere
For the umpteenth time, the FCT Administration has reiterated its total commitment towards the completion of the Apo -Karshi road as well as other projects within the satellite towns, in order to alleviate the sufferings of those residing in the areas.
This reassurance is coming on the backdrop of a recent reports in the section of the media, which claimed that the Administration has neglected the said road, and does not have the interest of the masses at heart.
Coordinator Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD), Ishaku Tanko Yamawo said contrary to speculations, the FCTA absolutely has masses interest at heart, and has not in any way neglected the road, as the project is still on-going, and is at 75% completion.
Yamawo refuted the claim that there was neglect, due to the fact that the rich do not reside around that axis.
He however disclosed that the department’s head office and other Federal Government offices like the Road Safety Corps with their staff transiting from different parts of Abuja as far as Gwagwalada are located at Karshi.
According to him, the administration is in every way concerned about the masses and will continue to do its possible best to ensure that all on- going projects are completed as at when due.
Yamawo further explained that not all road constructions can be done during heavy rains adding that presently the contractor is working on the construction of culvert extension at CH8+800, removal of unsuitable materials and fillings at various locations of the site.
He added that the karishi -Apo project is a total length of 13.125km road and asphaltic surface laid is 7.95km, formation level competed is 10.825km and work is ongoing with the cutting of the hill there.
“The project may have taken a little bit longer not because of neglect but due to some technical issues that came up some time ago but has been resolved long before now.
“The work slowed down a little because of the rains but will be resumed fully for completion soon as the rains stop,” he stressed.
He however appealed to the public to exercise a little more patience as the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello is working round the clock to see that the road is completed, so that pressure can be reduced on the residents by ensuring easy movement along that axis.