The Federal government has flagged-off a critical road dualisation, a 132 km Kano- Kongolom Road.
Director Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Ms. Blessing Lere-Adams disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.
She said, Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola performed the ministerial flag-off, supported by his counterpart in the Ministry of Water Resources, Engr Suleman Hussain Adamu.
The Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Schene is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) intervention that enables the Federal government leverage on Private Sector capital and efficiency for the construction and refurbishment of critical road infrastructure on key economic areas in Nigeria.
It was provided for under Executive Order 007 which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in January 2019.
The Kano- Kongolom road project traverses Kano, Jigawa and Katsina States, and the venue of the flag-off was Anguwan Tudu in Gwiwa local government area in Jigawa State.
In his address, Fashola reiterated the determination of the Buhari administration to address road Infrastructure gap in the country even at the twitlite of the administration’s tenure.
He also pointed out that the continued participation of the private sector in the road tax credit scheme was a statement of confidence for the administration.
Further more, the Minister highlighted the huge economic importance of road construction to include; job creation, reduced travel time and cost among others.
He appealed to Traditional Institutions in the area to talk to their subjects who were occupying the right of way within Government’s roads to vacate in order to give the contractors hitch free movement during the construction.
In his good will message, the Minister of Water Resiurces, Engr Suleman Adamu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for this laudable project in the North West, which he said would have great economic impact on the people.
Engr. Adamu also promised to provide all the necessary assistance to the contractors to deliver the road as specified.
In his remarks, the Minister of State, Works and Housing, Hon.Umar Ibrahin El-Yakub stated that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would not leave any stone unturned in terms of such developmental projects.
He appealed to motorists to patiently bear with understanding all the inconveniences during the period of construction.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr Bashir Nura Alkali, represented by Director Highways (North west), Engr. Wasiu Taiwo stated that, the roads Infrastructure tax credit scheme was one of the great funding innovations of the Federal Government in its resolve to tackle infrastructure deficit in Nigeria
The 132 km road originated from Dawanau round about in Kano town and terminates at Kongolom, a border town with Niger Republic
The road covered 61.15km across Kano State, spans 28.85km through Jigawa State and 41.50km through Daura to Kongolom border town in Katsina state.
Party of the project scope included; three bridges at; Ungogo (Kano), Kazaure (Jigawa) and Daura (Katsina), with eight number pedestrian crossings at different locations along the corridor of the project.