Babatunde Fashola, The Minister of Works and Housing, has said compensation, relocating and resettling residents are among factors that caused the ‘perceived’ delay of the ongoing dualisation of the 221 KM Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Makurdi Road.
The contractors will return to the site for earthwork after the wet season ended, he said.
Fashola said the government was currently working with the governments of Benue and Nasarawa states to guarantee that true beneficiaries, not middlemen, were rewarded.
Fashola made this known during an inspection tour of the 221-kilometer Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Makurdi Road, the National Housing Programme, and Federal Secretariat projects in Nasarawa State, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Communications, Hakeem Bello.
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“As you are aware, we are dualising, so where one bridge previously stood, we must now construct another.”
The road was funded by a loan from the China EXIM Bank, according to Fashola, who added that while the decision to borrow from the Chinese bank was made by the previous administration, the process was completed by the current administration because “it is money borrowed for investment to improve people’s lives.”