Kishi-Kaiama road project not abandoned – Commissioner for Works and Transport kwara state, Alhaji Aro Yahaya says

Kwara state’s Commissioner for
Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya has disclosed that the
government has not abandoned the construction of the Kishi-Kaiama road.
Yahaya made this known in Ilorin while speaking at the Media Parliament organised by the State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

He
explained that though the road is a federal government facility, the
state government intervened on the road due to its importance and to
reduce the hardship faced by road users who ply the route.
The
Commissioner recalled that the state government awarded the
construction of the 64km road project in 2014 and mobilised the
contractor with N500million.
He, however,
noted that the Federal Government recently took over the funding of the
project and approved the sum of N7.2 billion as reimbursement to the
state government for its construction.
According
to him, the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing had earlier
released the sum of N238m to the state government and another N50m is
being expected from the Ministry.
The
Commissioner said he met with the contractor handling the project, who
complained that the fund from the Federal Ministry of Works is not
enough to cover a substantial part of the project and he does not want a
situation where he resumes work on the site and leaves again after a
month due to shortage of fund.
Yahaya
added that the state government is currently in talks with officials of
the Ministry, who had pledged to release additional payment to the state
within the next few weeks.
He assured that the contractor would move back to the project site as soon as the fund is released by the Ministry.
The
Commissioner, therefore, emphasized that the project had not been
abandoned and that the state government is committed towards its
completion.

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