The Federal Government says major work on the Abuja-Kaduna highway will soon resume to ensure free flow of traffic.
Minister of State, Works and Housing, Umar El-Yakub gave the assurance while inspecting resumption of palliative work and other road projects along the highway.
Mr El-Yakub said that owing to the deplorable state of the road, palliative work would continue throughout the length of the road for smooth commuting.
According to him, the work is preparatory to full resumption of contractors to site, considering the huge resources mobilised for the project. He promised that the Kaduna-Zaria and Zaria-Kano highways will be commissioned between now and the first quarter of next year.
The Minister debunked reports in some quarters that contractors have abandoned work, pointing out that the project was in fact suspended owing to heightened security threats and the rainy season.
Also speaking, majority leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa pledged that the National Assembly would ensure the speedy passage of next year’s appropriation bill in the interest of infrastructural development.
He commended the Minister and his team for the effort, and assured that the legislature would ensure funding of all projects being executed by the present administration.
In a remark, Federal Controller of works in Kaduna, Engr Finbarr Zirra said remarkable achievements have been recorded, especially on the eastern bye-pass which was awarded 20 years ago.
Reporting by Usman Sani; Editing by Fany Olumoye, Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor