The Federal Government has said the rehabilitation of the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano highway was suspended due to security threats after the March 2022 train attack.
The Minister of State for Works and Housing, Hon. Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub, made the disclosure during an inspection tour of the highway leading to the Kaduna eastern by-pass.
In an issued statement yesterday by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Blessing Lere-Adams, El-Yakub said contrary to the speculation that the contract was abandoned, work would soon resume due to improved security on the highway.
Recall that the motorists had decried the state of the first section of the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano highway which links Abuja to Kaduna State. The Minister, however, said the contractor had been working on the second and third sections of the highway, adding that work had reached an appreciable level while assuring that the project would be delivered on schedule.
Speaking on the progress of work at the eastern by-pass in Kaduna, the Minister lamented that the contract, which was awarded by the previous administration in 2002, was neglected until the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration came on board. He disclosed that the by-pass has a total of 10 bridges: four land bridges, five river bridges, and one bridge over the railway line.
The Minister further reassured Nigerians that maximum attention would be given to the work on the road to ensure its completion as soon as possible noting that no administration had committed so much effort and resources to infrastructure, including road, rail, airport, health, or digital communication like this present one.