15 January 2013

Nigeria: Wamakko Begins N3.4 Billion Road Project

The Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, Monday commenced the N3.4 billion township roads cut across 15 local government areas of the state.

Speaking during the commencement of the five-kilometre asphalt road in Yabo local government area, Wamakko said the initiative was in fulfilment of the pledge made to the electorate last year.

He maintained that the project was aimed at opening up the rural communities for the smooth transportations of goods and people.

The governor stated that the state government was determined to do more this year, with a view bringing development to rural communities.

"The road projects are meant to open up the hinterlands and provide easy movement of goods and farm produce from the rural communities to the state capital," Wamakko said.

He stated that government constructed roads covering 233 kilometres in 17 towns and villages cut across seven councils in the state last year.

He explained that a five-kilometre asphalt road would be constructed in the headquarters of each of the 15 benefiting local government areas at the cost of N232 million.

The governor stated that the 15 benefiting councils were in Sokoto West and Sokoto Central senatorial zones.

He however, said contract would soon be awarded for the remaining eight councils in Sokoto East senatorial zone after the approval of the 2013 budget.

"Cumulatively, we are going to have 115 kilometres of roads to be carried out across the 23 local government areas," he added.

He disclosed that construction work had already commenced in Binji and Sokoto South local government councils.

Wamakko therefore, charged the contractor, China Ghanzhou Nig Ltd, to ensure timely execution of the project.

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