Minister of State for Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu says the federal government is committed to deliver qualitative roads that will stand the test of time.
Acting Director, Press of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Salisu Haiba, revealed this in a statement released at the weekend.
The statement quoted the minister as making the pledge during the media inspection of the rehabilitation of the Cham – Numan section of the Gombe-Numan-Yola Road on Saturday.
Responding to a question from journalists on the expected delivery time of the road, he said that “we don’t deliver roads because of politics. We deliver roads that will stand the test of time for Nigerians to enjoy the benefit for a long lasting time.”
He explained that the section of the Cham-Numan Road was delayed because the 11 kilometres portion of the Savannah swamp area has bad/soft soil, which he said has to be evacuated, replaced and refilled.
”We are seriously working on it and the procurement process has gone far and about to be completed.
“If we want to do politics with it, we would have rushed to complete it and it will later collapse, but we want to deliver a qualitative job for Nigerians” he stated
Aliyu also reiterated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver the promises made to Nigerians on roads, adding that the administration is also showing strong determination to fulfil its promises in other sectors, such as housing, rails and education among others.
Buttressing the president’s commitment on delivering motorable roads, he revealed that the budget of his ministry has risen to N200 billion from the N19 billion in 2015.
He pointed to the fact that the current administration has shown more commitment to providing road infrastructure and providing affordable housing for Nigerians.
Earlier, in his briefing to the minister on the rehabilitation of the Cham-Numan section of the Gombe-Numan-Yola Road, the Federal Controller of Works, Salihu Abubakar told the minister that among the challenges delaying the work was the security problem of frequent farmers/herdsmen clashes in the area
He explained that the contractor has carried out emergency repair works of critical failed sections of the road in 2019, revealing that the contractor is presently on site working, while over 4,250 direct and indirect jobs have been created through the project.