The Niger State House of Assembly has established a nine-person ad hoc committee to investigate the delay in the construction and completion of the Minna-Bida-Kataeregi road and other road projects in the state.
The commission was established when the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure Development, Alhaji Mamman Musa, appeared before members of the State House of Representatives to explain the progress of work on the roads.
The house announced Hon. Muhammed Alhaji Haruna, member representing Bida Two as chairman of the committee, while other committee members were members representing Katcha, Gbako, Wushishi, Agwara, Borgu, Bosso, Mokwa and Lavun constituencies, were members of the committee.
Respond, Hon. Mohammed Haruna explained that his colleagues did the right thing by setting up an ad hoc committee to investigate the ongoing road projects, especially the Minna-Katayeregi-Bida road.
He assured that the committee would leave no stone unturned to ensure the construction and completion of the Minna-Katayeregi-Bida road in particular.
Earlier, Alhaji Mamman Musa explained that in 2019 the state house of assembly had approved the state government to access N25 billion loan from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to finance Minna-Kataeregi-Bida, Broadcasting, Paiko-Lapai, Immani intersections to finance and upgrade the General Hospital of Suleja.
He said the 86-kilometer Minna-Kataeregi-Bida road project was being repurposed from N25 billion to N17 billion for the construction company Dantata and Sahoe to handle the zero to 15-kilometer dualization as a counter-value from the state government, while IDB is expected to complete the construction. would take over the remaining 71 kilometers.
“The original plan was to build only one lane, but we need to rethink the project on dual lanes because IDB is not lending for a single lane road,” he said.
Musa said the loan agreement was that the state government would fund 15 kilometers of the road from Kpakugun to Garatu, while the IDB would finance the remaining 71 kilometers, adding that 35 percent of the 15 kilometers had been completed at a cost of N11 billion.
He said there were plans between the Federal Treasury Department in conjunction with IDB for the option to start the 71km with an IDB loan to ensure the road would be completed before the current government’s term expires. .
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