Just In: FG approves N29.6bn for Kano – Katsina dualization road
Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo approved N109.4billion for the construction of Kano–Katsina (Phase two) and Ibadan – Ilesha–Ife dual carriageways.
This was disclosed to newsmen by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola shortly after the Council’s meeting which held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa.
According to him, N29.6billion was for the construction of phase two of the Kano – Katsina dual carriageway, starting from Gidan Mutun Daya to Katsina Rolling Mill, Katsina while the remaining N79.8billion of the amount would be expended on the Ibadan – Ilesha – Ife dual carriageway.
He said the FEC approval was for phase two of the Kano-Katsina High Way from the point known as Gidan-Mutun Daya all the way to where Katsina Steel Rolling Mill is located.
“This is a 78 km stretch approved at the sum of N29.654 billion. That road is a 172 km road linking Kano and Katsina road from Kano.
“It was a single length highway until it was awarded in 2013 by the previous administration in phase one,’’ he said.
He further explained that the road project, which was inherited from the previous administration, was expanded into a dual carriageway.
“We inherited it and we have continued to execute it. The award was to then expand the road into a dual carriage highway.
“That means we are constructing the existing one and building another new one. It was awarded for the first 70 km plus for the phase 1. “What we have now done is to complete the award to the same contractor, so that there is a uniformity of construction,’’ he said.