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Fashola commissions Abuja-Ka­duna emergency repair proj­ect

by on March 2, 2017
 

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has commissioned the Abuja-Ka­duna emergency repair proj­ect.

Fashola, who commended the contractor for completing the project on schedule, said the project was awarded on January 7 with a completion period of 50 days.

The minister, represented by Yemi Oguntominiyi, the Di­rector of Highway Construc­tion and Rehabilitation in the ministry, said the emergency repair was necessitated by the planned closure of Abuja Air­port.

The federal government had in January announced the planned closure of Abuja Air­port for six weeks with effect from March 8 to allow for the rehabilitation of the runway.

During the period, passen­gers coming into Abuja are ex­pected to use Kaduna Airport.

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Mr Fashola said the repair work on the road included patching of potholes, reinstate­ment of failed pavements sec­tions, strengthening of existing surface and surfacing with as­phalt concrete overlay.

He said prior to the repair work, the existing 165 kilome­tre dual carriage was character­ised by several failed sections, portholes and multiple cracks.

“This scenario has led to many black spots resulting in avoidable accidents, kidnap­ping, armed robbery, increased travel time and high vehicle operating cost.

“This important road, though maintained over the years, has outlived its service life, thus, requires emergency repairs to improve its service level, especially while the Ka­duna Airport service Abuja air travellers”, he said.

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The minister said the com­pletion of the project would ensure comfortable movement to and from Kaduna, reduce incidences of kidnapping and improve the socio-economic development of the project corridor.

In his remarks, Luka Davou, Deputy Director of Highway, North-East, attributed the timely completion of the proj­ect to the understanding of the commuters and security agen­cies during the 50-day period.

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