By Moses Emorinken, Abuja
The Federal Government has flagged off the construction of the 90.65km Kano-Gwarzo-Dayi Federal Highway linking Kano and Katsina States.
The contract for the reconstruction of the road to dual carriageway was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in November 2020 at the cost of N62.711b with a completion period of 24 months.
According to a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Boade Akinola, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Babangida Hussaini, stated the contract was awarded on December 1st, 2020 to Messes CGC Nigeria Limited.
Hussaini was represented at the flag-off ceremony by Engr Folorunsho Esan, Director Highways (North -West) in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
He explained the 90.65km dual carriageway has a total number of three bridges with additional 7.3 meters width and 1.5 meters shoulder width and an outer shoulder width of 2.7meters.
Already the Kano State Government had dualised 7.2km of the road from the Bayero University Kano (BUK) axis.
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The construction started from the BUK junction and terminated at the outskirt of Dayi town in Katsina State.
Hussaini, who disclosed the road would be completed with all the furniture such as lane markings, kilometer signs, signages etc, added that the road would last not less than 20 years.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje described the project as gigantic, important, socially and economically of great benefits to the people of Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and the Kebbi States.
The Governor also explained the reconstructed road would also contribute in addressing the security challenges along the area.
Ganduje added as requested by the Federal Government, Kano is ready to pay the compensation for the facilities and utilities that would be affected by the dualisation of the road.