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Published On: Thu, Sep 24th, 2020

Dutsen-Bwari gridlock: FCDA to mobilise contractors back to site

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By Stanley Onyekwere

In order to ease the perennial traffic gridlock along the Bwari- Dutsen axis, connecting Kubwa to Bwari, the Federal Capital Development Authority ( FCDA) said it had perfected plans to mobilise contractors back to site within the shortest time.
In particular, the FCDA revealed that works would resume on the road within the next two to three weeks, and commitment would be made to ensure its speedy completion especially satisfy the traffic movement is something that can be done within the next maximum of two months.
Our correspondent reports that the seemingly abandoned dualization of the busy Dutsen-Bwari road project, which is a key segment of the entire major Kubwa infrastructure project.
However, the FCDA Executive Secretary, Jibrin Gambo Umar, who led some top management staff on the spot assessment of the road, yesterday insisted that the project was not abandoned or delayed by the contractor, but the incessant rain fall impeded it.
Umar explains “ We have some drainage work and other complementary works to be done. But the one that would satisfy the traffic movement is something that can be done within the next maximum of two months.
“They (contractors) are going to mobilise to the site and continue with what they have been doing, so in the next two to three weeks. Because we are trying to march the lowering rain to when they can pick up their work, and you can never do anything when the rain is here as far as earth work is concerned.
“COVID-19 has its own challenges, even at that time (during the lockdown) there were some things that were done here. You remember we came here with the Minister and we went to address the issues within the market environment, so it’s not as if we didn’t work even during the COVID-19 lockdown.”
He continues: “the Project is the dualization of a road, which is just a key segment of the entire Kubwa infrastructure project, so it’s not a single project.
“It’s a work in progress, as you can see, the contractor has worked, and had to leave when the rains were very intense. We are only coming to assess the level the rain has impacted on it (the road project).
“And now that the rain is subsiding, they have to come back and do this work within a very short time. So it’s not anything has been abandoned , everything is on course, the contractor has not delayed.
“I want to assure you that this road will be done as soon as possible, even as we are looking at some things we have had to add, to make sure that the entire project is well implemented.”

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