The Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, today commissioned the completed emergency repair works on the Kaduna – Abuja dual carriageway. The Abuja – Kaduna and Kaduna – Abuja bound carriageways are 165km each bringing it to a total of 330km.
The Minister had explained that the intended closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on the 8th of March 2017 for repair works on the runway, and redirection of all flights to the Kaduna International Airport for a period of 6 weeks had informed the emergency works to address the failed sections, potholes and multiple cracks on the dual carriageway.
Fashola said that the 50 day contract to Messer’s CGC Nigeria Limited worth slightly above N1b was to avoid a scenario where the failed portions and potholes created black spots resulting in avoidable accidents, kidnapping, robbery, elongated travel time and high vehicle operating cost.
The Minister was satisfied with the excellent job done by the contractor within such a short period having gone on an inspection tour of a good portion of the road stating that good roads guarantee safety, road users comfort reduces commuters travel time and timely delivery of goods and services.
Fashola also said that he is optimistic that his counterpart in the aviation sector will equally deliver the repair works of the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport within the stipulated 6 weeks taking a cue from Messer’s CGC Nigeria Limited who once again have shown that their good track record, timely delivery and reliability are not questionable.
The Minister was represented by the Director, Federal Highways, Construction & Rehabilitation, Engineer Yemi Oguntominiyi who commissioned the completed emergency repair works on his behalf.