By Lola Seriki- Idahosa, Kaduna, North West, Nigeria
In a bid to ensure even development in the Southern Senatorial District of the State , Kaduna State Government has engaged three firms to handle projects worth over 13.9 billion naira .
This was gathered ,when members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State Council embarked on a fact finding tour of projects executed by the State government at Southern Kaduna Senatorial zone .
One of the major roads handled by Embryo at Southern Kaduna
From information gathered , Embryo, which is a local contractor as the biggest beneficiary is handling road projects worth N7bn .
The Project Manager Embryo Nigeria Ltd, Engineer Ezekiel Adesokan, who took the journalists round some of their projects, said that the 23km Yarbyan-Ayagan-Sakwak-Kamuru-Kurdan-Zauru-Kafanchan road in Jemaa and Zango Kataf LGAs has reached 75 per cent completion.
At the Zauru 45 metres bridge beside Throne Room Ministries, the Project Manager said that the bridge which was started by Throne Room Ministry, was taken over by them in 2016.
“The bridge is completed, but compensation for houses marked not yet completed, that is what is delaying the project from terminating at the Patrick Yakowa General Hospital, Kafanchan,” he said.
He said that they are constructing roads in three local government areas; Kaura Jemaa and Zango Kataf.
“We have Manchok Township Roads of 10km and Kunyen 16km, alongside other roads projects,” he added.
He assured that before the next rainy season they would round up all the projects.
At the Government Secondary School Kagoro, Abayomi Oke, representing Embryo said that they are in the second phase of work in the school.
“We are renovating GSS Kagoro. The value is at N200m for each phase and includes fence, classrooms and infrastructure. We have handed over first phase. Second phase to be completed soon but we have 65 per cent of the job done,” he said.
Another firm, Farmtrac Nigeria Ltd is handling several projects, with the cost of some disclosed to be N6bn, while the third firm encountered, Habibu Engineering Nigeria Ltd is executing a bridge at the site of a previously collapsed one in Java LGA at the cost of N500m.
At the site of a collapsed bridge in Bitaro, Jaba LGA, the Engineer Wael Yanes who was seen on site on behalf of Habibu Engineering Nigeria Ltd said that they started work on the site 11 days ago.
“We are working on a collapsed bridge in Bitaro, Jaba LGA the bridge is four span 60 metres and will protect the area.
” It was awarded in February 2018 but we started working 10 days ago. We hope to complete it in six months,” he said.
Yanes added that their scope of work also covers road construction of 200metres, with 100 metres each before and after the bridge, at a cost of N500m.
In Kachia LGA, the Project Coordinator of Farmtrac Nigeria Ltd, Surveyor Marcus Saleh, explained that the Kachia Township roads are gulping N1.2bn.
He explained that because the rains have come, it would affect their pace of work, but assured that they would complete the job in about eight weeks.
“Based on programme of work, we hope to complete all Kachia roads in eight weeks. The project in Kachia is N1.2bn for 10km. Compensation took part of the cost.
He said that the Sanga project which includes township roads and a bypass of 10km would cost is about N1.3bn, while 36 kilometres of roads in Kauru LGA would be gulping N3.5bn.
“Kauru is gulping N3.5bn for 36km of roads. Its cost is much because from Kwasam-Gishere, it is including three bridges,” he said.
He however, didn’t disclose the cost of the 16 kilometers of roads being constructed in Laduga, also in Kachia LGA
Meanwhile, excited by the ongoing projects in his vicinity, Village Head of Ayaga in Zango Kataf, LGA, Sanduki Kaura told newsmen that they are happy about the road projects in their community.
The excited traditional ruler prayed for God to bless the governor to complete the projects.