By Idris Salisu, Correspondent, Gusau
As part of his administration’s resolve to bring development closer to the people, Zamfara State governor, AbdulAziz Abubakar Yari has flagged off the construction of N7.1 billion road project in the state.
Handing over the 75 kilometre to the construction firm, Yari said his administration embarked on the massive road projects in all parts of the state in view of the tremendous benefits of good road in easing transportation of human and agricultural goods and thereby improve socio-economic status of the people.
He said that as one of the key aspects of development challenges, governments at all levels must commit resources and work diligently towards addressing the problem. He cited the provision of basic infrastructure such as road, stressing that the construction of roads, particularly to link up rural communities, has tremendous socio- economic benefits to the people and government.
Yari added that in recognition of the developmental benefits of good roads, his administration in the last 17 months since assumption has awarded contracts for construction of new roads and rehabilitated old state and federal roads at the cost of over N52 billion.
“By the time these roads are completed, we are confident that new vistas of opportunities would be open to our people, thus significantly improving socio-economic activities across the state. This will become a decisive step towards taking our dear state to high levels of development as we believe any genuine and meaningful development effort in societies like ours, which are predominantly agrarian, must begin by addressing the development needs of rural areas,” he said.
Yari said the government has paid the contracting firm the sum of N2,137,892,777.29 as mobilization fees to enable it construct the 75-kilometre road without delay.
The governor reiterated the commitment of his administration to transform the state by ensuring the development off all nooks and crannies of the state as a means of improving the socio-economic wellbeing of the people of the state and country.
“Our desire is to leave behind a lasting legacy of development in all facets of our life for the betterment of both the present generation and the generation to come. I will also like to call on benefiting communities to bear in mind that these projects is yours. You should therefore give your maximum cooperation towards the attainment of these goals,” he said.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Works, Alhaji Ahmad Sharu said the award and flagging of the construction of the 75 kilometres road was in pursuant of the slogan of the Yari led administration – Addinmmu Al-Ummarmu, which means our religion, our people.
Sharu said the N7.1 billion road project has a contract period of 36 months with a scope to include the construction of 75 kilometre asphaltic concrete road of 7.3 metre width and 1.5 metre surface dressed shoulder on either side of the road and construction of reinforced concrete lined drains within the towns along the route and construction of box and pipe culverts of various sizes and dimension along the route. Other aspects of the contract includes the construction of three bridges at Faru, Kaya and Boko rivers.
“I want to assure the state government and the people of Zamfara State that, the ministry of works will make sure that quality work is being executed and ensure that no compromise is allowed or any shoddy work,” he assures.
The representative of the construction firm, Mother Cat Nigeria Limited, Ziad Karam assured that the company would ensure strict compliance with the best of standards and required specification of the stipulated in the contract agreement.
“I want to assure Your Excellency and the entire people of Zamfara state that a good job will be delivered and accomplished within the contract period,” he said.