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Buhari will inaugurate Kano-Kaduna road before he leaves office, says Fashola

THE Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has assured President Muhammadu Buhari that the Kano-Kaduna Road project will be completed and inaugurated before he leaves office on May 29.

He did, however, say that work on section one of the project, which runs from Kaduna to Abuja, would continue even after Buhari leaves office because funding would not be affected.

Yesterday, the minister led a federal government delegation on an inspection tour of the section II and III road in Zaria, Kaduna State.

He said, “We have promised to deliver this project before the end of this administration and by the grace of God we will do that.

“Section II (Kaduna-Zaria), which is 73 kilometres, will be completed before this weekend as assured by the contractor, while section III (Zaria-Kano) will be completed next month,” he promised.

When asked what would happen to the Kaduna-Abuja section after Buhari’s tenure, the minister said it was funded by the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and would continue regardless of who is president.

He also listed a number of roadblocks, including insecurity, right-of-way issues, and the relocation of electricity utilities and public facilities.

Earlier, the President’s Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, who was present with the minister during the inspection, stated that the road project was the third of Buhari’s legacy projects.

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