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Published On: Thu, Oct 26th, 2017

Senate frowns at Kaduna federal roads project

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From Mohammad Ibrahim Kaduna

Senate committee on works on oversight function of Federal Government projects across geo-political zones in the country currently touring north-west zone has frowned at the quality of work at federal roads in Kaduna state.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya (APC Kano South) told the project manager of Mothercat, the contractor handling the maintenance job on Kaduna-Zaria Road that shoddy job will not be tolerated.
He spoke shortly after touring some of the projects in Kaduna accompanied by other members of his committee.
According to him, a situation where patches on the road disintegrate soon wouldn’t be acceptable.
Senator Gaya said a situation where holes are still on places patched on the roads are as good as work undone.
He assured the contractor that as 2018 fiscal year approaches; all differences incurred for quality of job done will be settled by the government.
“ For safety of Nigerians as contractors you should engage independent labour to control the vegetation by roadside because if the grass along are left unattended to, armed robbers and other hoodlums will capitalise on the unleash havoc on road users, “he said.
He further said that a situation where one lane of the road is being concentrated on leaving motorists to use a lane on going and coming is unacceptable.
The committee chairman said both lanes should start at the same time for safety and convenience of road users.
Earlier, Coordinator of the project, Engr. Sa’ad Tukur told the committee at the Jaji Bridge that was inspected that Dangote truck was involved in an accident causing a colossal damage to the bridge constructed by an Italian company Broni Prono.
He however explained that plan is on for a fresh bridge as the damaged one has become a death trap.
The federal lawmakers paid a courtesy call on the governor, of the Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House.
The governor who received the delegation described them as patriots that are willing to entrench good governance in the country.
Panel asks lawyers defending B/Haram suspects to present their cases The presidential panel investigating alleged human rights abuses by the Armed Forces has called on Femi Falana and all lawyers representing suspected Boko Haram members detained in the South-west to come forward to present their case before the panel.
The chairman of the eight-member panel, Justice Biobel Goodwill of the Court of Appeal, made the call on Tuesday on the second day of the panel’s sitting at the Ikeja High Court, Lagos.
“Mr Femi Falana and other counsel should come forward with their allegations of human rights abuses.
“It is imperative that people in South-west with allegations against the armed forces should appear before the panel,” Mr. Goodwill said.
The judge also invited interested parties to join members of the panel to a one-day fact finding mission on October 25 to the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons, Lagos, where alleged Boko-Haram suspects are incarcerated.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had on August 11 inaugurated the presidential investigation panels to review compliance of the armed forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement in conflict and insurgency cases.
The panel is to sit in the six geo-political zones and the Federal Capital Territory from September 11 to November 3.(NAN)

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