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Published On: Mon, Apr 28th, 2014

Niger expends N20bn on roads construction in 6 years

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From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

Niger state governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has announced that his administration has so far expended over N20 billion on the construction of roads across the state in the last six years, as part of the administration’s infrastructural transformation agenda for the state.

Governor Aliyu disclosed this at the flag-off of the construction of the 38 kilometer Badeggi-Bakeko-Katcha road project, in Katcha local government area of the state, the state governor, said that the infrastructural transformation was part of his campaign promises to the people.

He added that the N20 billion is part of the N36 billion infrastructural bond sourced from the capital market by the present administration in the last year.

He stated that over 15 various road projects are presently under construction across the state and will be completed before the end of the year, saying that the Badeggi-Bakeko-Katcha road has remained a dream and concern to the people of the area for the past 30 years because of its economic importance.

Earlier, the commissioner for works and infrastructural development, Alhaji Mohammed Mu’azu Bawa, in his welcome address, noted that the construction of the Badeggi-Bakeko-Katcha road which has been on the drawing board for decades got the attention of the present administration because of its commitment to rural transformation policy.

Alhaji Bawa said that the contract was awarded at the total cost of N2, 916,505,528.76 million to Messrs Soject Nigeria Limited with a completion period of 12 months.

He noted the road project will be financed through the N12billion infrastructural bond sourced from the capital market by the government, stressing that, “it is delighting to note that some other projects under the N9billion bond have been completed and awaiting commissioning”.

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