Leadership (Abuja)

8 August 2012

Nigeria: FG to Spend N4 Billion Subsidy Fund On Kano-Shuwarin Road

The federal government will spend N4 billion subsidy funds on the dualisation of the Kano-Shuarin road project, the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment programme (SURE-P) Committee has said.

This disclosure was contained in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, by the Committee member and convener of the road and bridges Sub-Committee, Kassim Bataiya.

Bataiya was speaking in Shuarin, Jigawa State after a joint inspection of the 101.365km project with the project implementers, Ministry of Works and Contractor, Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company.

According to the statement which was signed by Mary Ikoku, Head of Communication, Bataiya informed that the SURE-P has earmarked in its 2012 budgetary provision the sum of N4 billion to ensure the completion and delivery of the road by December 2012.

The project was awarded for construction to Dantata and Sawoe in September 2006 with initial handover date of February 2010.

Bataiya who represents the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) on the SURE-P Committee, said that "the federal government through the programme wants Nigerians to understand its commitment to reinvesting its share of the withdrawn subsidy on fuel products into developing critical infrastructure for positive impact on the lives of the people."

He however, frowned at the slow pace of the construction work on the portion which falls under section one of the 510km Kano-Maiduguri road, by Dantata and Sawoe.

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