Contractors handling various projects in the Federal Capital City have been tasked to reciprocate the good gesture of the FCT Administration by keeping faith with payment obligations and delivering their projects on schedule.
The FCT Minister gave this charge today, Monday, July 10, 2017 when he paid a site visit to works on the Inner Southern Express Way (ISEX) interchange, near the AYA junction.
Malam Bello commended the management and staff of Salini Nigeria Ltd, for their efforts to deliver the road within the three months’ time frame agreed. He expressed hope that the portion of road its interchange would be open to motorists by the end of July.
At about 97 per cent completion, the road, the Minister hoped, “would break the gridlock at AYA and bring a significant lease of life for motorists coming from both Nyanya-Keffi axis and Kubwa road.”
His words “the ISEX way which leads into the Central Area fits into the programme of this administration which aims to complete on-going projects that have the greatest benefits for the greatest number of people.”
Other road projects which are at various stages of completion include the Outer Northern Express Road (the Murtala Mohammed Express Road) Lots 1 and II including the Villa Roundabout, which also leads to AYA.
The various projects numbering over 24, most of which had been abandoned or suspended had received a boost with the payment of outstanding obligations to the contractors amounting to over N57 billion, by the Malam Muhammad Musa Bello Administration.
Action has also returned to Roads B6 and B12 – the Constitution and Independence Avenues respectively, abandoned over eight years ago. The roads, which are located in Central Area, by the front of the World Trade Centre and behind the Diplomatic Drive, had been abandoned for over 8 years now.
Earlier the Bill Clinton Bridge and interchange on the Umar Musa Yar’Adua Express Road had been completed on record time by this Administration, thus freeing the road for motorists going into the Airport and those coming from the Gwagwalada Axis.
Many today know about the 15km Apo Karshi Road awarded by the former Administration but abandoned not long after the hype of its commencement. Conscious of how critical the road is to the alleviation of the difficulties faced by commuters from Mararaba, Nyanya and Karu axis, the Minister elected to breathe life into the contract by making good the Administration’s contractual obligations to the companies.
What residents do not know is that the road ended in Wasa more than 6km away from the Apo Roundabout. However, in order to pull the road up to the heart of the City, the present Administration awarded the contract linking it from Wasa to Apo Roundabout adding a major interchange to free up traffic flow in and around Apo and Guzape Districts of the City.
Other projects receiving serious attention are water projects like Construction of two layout water tanks at the Hill Layout and Dallas Estate as well as Tanks 1 and 6 and their associated trunk mains to service unreached areas with pipe borne water.