Kaduna be­gins re­pair of Nnamdi Azikiwe by­pass

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

The Kaduna State Pub­lic Works Agency (KAPWA) has com­menced re­pair of bad por­tions of Nnamdi Azikiwe Ex­press­way, with fo­cus on Kagoro by Ex­press Junc­tion, which has be­come al­most im­pass­able.

Daily Trust had on Mon­day re­ported the out­cry of road users and res­i­dents of the state over the de­plorable state of the high­way. The road is char­ac­terised by pot­holes, which road users de­scribed as death traps, caus­ing auto-crashes and dam­age to ve­hi­cles.

Due to the re­pair work that has started, ve­hi­cles are be­ing di­verted from Dutsinma junc­tion to the other lane; caus­ing heavy grid­lock on the ex­press­way, ex­cept that the prospects of a bet­ter high­way once the re­pair work is com­pleted are mak­ing up for the stress.

The Prin­ci­pal Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer of KAPWA, Aliyu Tahir, stated that though the high­way was a fed­eral road, the state gov­ern­ment had de­cided to as­sist the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment due to pub­lic out­cry. “Peo­ple have been com­plain­ing and we have de­cided to put in our ef­forts. We hope to ex­tend the re­pair to other por­tions that need ur­gent at­ten­tion,” he said.

The spokesper­son of Fed­eral Road Main­te­nance Agency (FERMA) in Kaduna, Engi­neer Sani Ab­dulka­dir had ear­lier men­tioned that re­pair of the ex­press­way had been cap­tured in the 2016 bud­get, and that the head­quar­ter of the agency was in the process of award­ing con­tracts.

The Nnamdi Azikiwe Ex­press­way, built to de­con­gest Kaduna city cen­tre, is a pop­u­lar route for trav­ellers and res­i­dents who live around Mahuta, Ri­gasa, Ka­bala West, Kagoro, Bak­in­ruwa, Dutsinma, Trika­nia and Ku­denda, among other com­mu­ni­ties.

The Kaduna State Pub­lic Works Agency com­mences re­pair works of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Ex­press­way in Kaduna Photo Shehu K. Goro

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