Kano ratifies N3.9b road contracts in three emirates
To improve the road networks in the rural areas, Kano State Executive Council has approved contracts for the construction of township roads in Rano, Gaya and Karaye emirate councils at N3,942,564,267.77.
This was contained in a statement, yesterday, by the Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba.
Addressing newsmen on the outcome of the council meeting, held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano, he noted that the projects were aimed at bringing about meaningful development, boosting the general economic status of the state and further endearing government to the populace.
He said the council also granted approval for the augmentation of the N42,350,998.31 as an additional cost for the construction of Dala Inland Dry Port internal and access roads at Zawachili in Kumbotso Local Council.
Garba further explained that the increase in the contract sum followed the unearthing of additional work, which were not captured in the initial Bill of Engineering Measurement and Evaluation (BEME).
According to him, the additional work, discovered after the contractor handling the project has achieved 37 per cent progress, upon advance payment of N250 million includes removal of unsuitable materials, provision of fill material, construction of culverts as well as provision of vehicular slabs.
“The new contract sum now stands at N1,600,917,357.68 as against the initial N1,558,556,359.37 awarded in July 2020. The council has approved the release of N1 billion for the implementation of some special intervention projects in some local councils in the state,” the statement added.
Some areas to be covered by the intervention include education, healthcare, road infrastructure, environment, electrification and water supply at various locations of the 17 local councils spread across the five emirates in the state, the commissioner noted.
He added that approval had also been granted for the supply/installation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment to Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) in Kano Cancer Treatment Centre at Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, at the reviewed cost of N307,257,323.02.