The Kano Executive Council has given approval for the completion of the construction works of the long-abandoned Janguza-Durum-Kabo-Karaye Road in Nigeria, according to the state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba.
Mr. Garba made the disclosure while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the weekly council meeting recently held at the Africa House, Government House, in Kano. He said that the contract that was awarded back in 2010 by the administration of Senator Ibrahim Shekarau at the cost of US$ 8.34M had been revised to US$ 17.1M due to a change of the scope of work from two coat layer surface dressing to asphaltic concrete wearing course.
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The contractor, according to the state commissioner for Information has already accepted the new price and re-mobilized to the site to begin the works.
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Mr. Garba explained that the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure noted the financial constraint of the state, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic effects on the global economy, and proposed a re-scope of the project from asphaltic concrete surfacing back to two-coat surface dressing, which would put the cost of the project to the sum of US$ 13.7M.
“The council, however, rejected the proposal downward review of the project cost which reflected a reduction of over US$ 5M in order to allow for the execution of the quality job, and also to take care of the prevailing escalation in the prices of construction materials.
The Janguza-Durum-Kabo-Karaye Road project will be jointly financed by the Kano state government and the beneficiary local government councils, which are Kabo, Karaye, and Rimin Gado, on 50-50 bases contribution” concluded the state commissioner for Information.