The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in Nigeria says it has budgeted about N2.6 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of major roads linking the satellite town within the city.
The Coordinator, Satellite Town Development Department, STDD, Mr Tanko Isiaku Yamawo made this known while inspecting some of the on-going road projects with journalists in Abuja, Nigeria.
Speaking after inspecting some of the roads, the Coordinator said the amount was budgeted for thirty roads, comprising 11.7kilometers, in Karu community of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Mr Yamawo explained that, already, seven hundred ( 700) meters of the road project, from Karu Round About to Customs Junction is being completed and would be opened for public use before the end of the week.
While expressing his satisfaction on the level of done by the contractor handling the project at Karu, a suburb of the FCT, Mr Yamawo promised that the entire road project would be completed and delivered to the end users, before the middle of the year, if the budget is released early.
According to the STDD Coordinator, the effort that has led us to where we are today is that of the Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, in his commitment to deliver services to the people of FCT. We know that when this road started last year, we made a promise that early this year, we will start laying asphalt, as you have seen today. You can also see that the contractor is on site, trying to complete the work before tomorrow, so that the road could be opened for use by tomorrow.
He then advised other residents of the territory to exercise patience because the ongoing road project in Karu community would be replicated in other satellite towns in the FCT.
The project manager of the Company handling the roads, Enerco Nig Ltd. Engr Jamil Naser noted that the only challenge facing the project at the moment, is poor funding, adding the project would be completed as soon as funds are made available.
He adds that they’ve been there for almost 12 months working on the site and are doing their best to complete the work, with the hope that the government will make enough provision for the project in the budget.
Source: Voice of Nigeria