The Senate Committee on Works vowed to summon Julius Berger over non-completion of Abuja – Kaduna – Zaria – Kano road project.
Senate c’mittee on works frowns at slow-paced Abuja-Kano Road
– Vows to summon Julius Berger
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
The Chairman Senate Committee on Works, Senator Adamu Aliero, on Monday led a delegation of three senators and engineers from the Federal Ministry of Works to inspect the ongoing Abuja–Kaduna–Zaria–Kano Road project.
This was disclosed when the delegation of the committee paid the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, a courtesy visit at Government House, Kano.
The committee expressed dissatisfaction with the way the project is being handled by the contractor, as the project walks at snail’s pace, the chairman of the committee told the governor.
The committee, according to Aliero, were to inspect all the 19 Federal Government road projects under construction in Kano State, but singled out the Abuja-Kaduna-Zari-Kano Road for its importance.
The committee deliberately did this because the project enjoyed funding from three different sources; namely, the Federal government budget, Sovereign Inventive Authorities, being borrow to fund the rehabilitation, and the recently recovered Abacha Loot.
In almost all the places the delegation inspected there were no enough equipment’s and men on site, which was unusual of Julius Berger, Aliero said.
Allero said: “We have noticed that the safety regulations are not strictly adhered to and the management of high ways at time of rehabilitation or reconstruction have not properly been done. And it has led to series of death. We are appalled by the way the project is being handled.
“In fact, we made it very clear to the contractor that in their country they dire not do it. So why do they do it in Nigeria”
Aliero stated that the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasiru Elrufai, told them that in one month alone over fourty lives were lost, adding that the committee will from hence on personally monitor the ongoing project.
“We will enforce Julius Berger to deploy more labour, more equipment and materials to ensure seedy completion of the project, as it’s a road that links all the tree geopolitical zones of northwest, north central and north east.”
The delegation, however, vowed to summon the contractor to the floor of the senate to explain the reasons behind the delay.
It noted that in earnest the project would be extended to six lanes due to the high number of Nigerians plying it.
In his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje attributed the problems facing the country’s roads to lack of railway system, saying that untill the country learns to plan very well money will continue to be recycled and wasted to some extent.
Ganduje said: “Even though in the stage we are now it’s absolutely necessary to to spend money to repair our roads but that will not be the lasting solution.
“The lasting solution is to develop our railway system so that heavy vehicle would be reduced. Another thing is that we don’t adhere to traffic regulation, as vehicles that carry 30 tons end up carrying 50 tons.”
The governor further appealed for the speedy completion of the projects for the state to witness greater economic development.
“Considering the pace at which the going, it’s absolutely unlike the contractor. People are really suffering. They should improve the speed of that project so that we can get good road between here and Abuja.”