By Chris Ochayi
ABUJAâ€” Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State has commended President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua over the award of contracts for various Federal roads across the country, particularly, the N2.3 billion contract for the construction of Daura Bridge and rehabilitation of Kano-Kazaure-Daura-Katsina road.
The contract was awarded to Messrs Triacta Nigeria Limited in the sum of N2, 319,910,477.50, with a completion period of 18 months.
Governor Shema who stated this while inspecting the ongoing works on the road with the Minister of Works, Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Hassan Mohammed Lawal, applauded the administrationâ€™s commitment towards the improvement of various Federal highways nationwide.
According to him, â€œKatsina and Daura people, and all Nigerians who use the route are very happy that the bridge construction and road rehabilitation of Katsina-Daura-through parts of Jigawa State and Kano is being undertaken now.
â€œWe know equally that major roads construction projects are simultaneously going on across the entire length and breadth of Nigeria. And this is for the good of all Nigerians. So, we in Katsina State are grateful to God and to President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua for his concern for the well-being of the people of Nigeria in general and Katsina State inclusiveâ€.
The Governor pointed out that the inspection tour of road projects embarked by the Minister to assess the status and standards of works will ensure qualitative and timely completion of projects.
He said the tour would also give Nigerians the values for money being expended on the projects and benefits get to them in the shortest possible time. He urged the contractor, Messrs Triacta Nig. Ltd to fulfil their promise to complete and deliver the project ahead of schedule. He reminded them that posterity would judge them for the quality of work, whether they performed creditably or badly, and urged them to safeguard their reputation.
In his remarks at the project site, the Minister of Works, Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Hassan Muhammad Lawal, said what the team has seen on the site showed that contractor has really tried, â€œgiven the limited time within which he had started to do the work, and to achieve this resultâ€.
He said; basically, President Yarâ€™Adua is very much worried and concerned about the condition of roads in this country. This bridge and two others on this road are bridges that were constructed during the Colonial days. The concept then was very simple. There werenâ€™t many vehicles on these roads. So that time, they were the premier bridges. Everybody was celebrating them. But, as time went on the reality dawned on us.
â€œWe came face to face with reality. And in order to open up traffic between Katsina, Daura and Kano, which is the commercial nerve centre of the northern parts of the country, there is the need to widen these Federal roads.
â€œSo this is why Mr. President decided that like many other roads in other parts of the country, we should try to expand it, modernize it, simplify it and make it easier for commuters, for delivery of goods and services, for delivery of agricultural products, and the rest of it. This is dividend of democracy for people to see.
â€œThey have elected us into office, and Mr. President promised among other things to improve road infrastructures. And here we are fulfilling the promises of Mr. President to the Nigerian publicâ€.