FG Approves N27b For Construction Of Kwara-Oyo Road’ Governor AbdulRasaq

Kwara Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has informed that the Federal Government had approved the construction of Kishi-Kaiama road at N27 billion.

He said that the breakthrough with Abuja explains why the State Government has stopped its ongoing work on the road

The State had taken over the construction of the road in phases to ease transportation challenges along the busy corridor.

“The Federal Ministry of Works has informed us that we should stop work on that road because they have got new approval from the Federal Government and the contract for the road has been reissued at N27 billion,” AbdulRazaq said in Ilorin at the first Kwara North Economic and Development Summit organised by Kwara North Development Council (KWANDCO).

He added that: “There is huge infrastructural deficit in the whole of Nigeria, in Kwara State, and especially in Kwara North. Now, what are we doing about it as a government? Like it was mentioned by the Emir of Lafiagi, the Kishi-Kaiama road is very important for the whole of the country because of the volume of trade in farm produce.

“The contract was first awarded over 10 years ago and it is a federal road. However, nothing was happening. But when we came, we tried to continue the project and the Federal Ministry of Works has now asked us to terminate the contract and vacate the road. The ministry said the former administration in the state gave the contract to a company that did not meet BPE requirements. So, we removed them and gave it to the company that came second in the bid and we mobilised the company with as much as N600 million.

“Our latest communication with them was that they want to re-award the contract and that our own contractor should vacate the site. That is why you will see that work has stopped on Kishi-Kaiama road.”

The governor promised that work would begin on Bode-Saadu-Kaiama-Kosubosu road next year, saying the project will be financed through a portion of BUA Group tax.

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