Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State has said the state awarded contracts worth about N28 billion for the construction of 32 rural roads.
Yakowa spoke at the third international conference on transport technology, themed Sustainability of Transport Technology Dynamics in Developing Countries, holding at the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology NITT, Zaria, in the state.
He said the road contracts were awarded to facilitate the movement of people, goods and services to their point of destination, adding "transportation will no doubt play a leading role in the realisation of our country's Vision 20:2020."
Yakowa said: "We are opening up our state through massive roads construction based on our belief that developing the sector is a necessary task that will hasten and smoothen the inflow of other forms of development.
"We have paid attention towards beefing up the fleet of the Kaduna State Transport Authority, KSTA, with new buses as part of efforts to provide decent, affordable and cheap means of transportation to the people of Kaduna State."
The governor described rail transport system, which he said had suffered serious neglect over the years, as one of the cheapest means of transportation.
He said: "We are determined to sustain the little effort we have made so far in reviving it because of its importance as a welfare scheme that so many people depend on."