By Ismail Auwal
The Katsina State Government has started construction of two flyover bridges in Katsina city, at Kofar Kaura and Kofar Kwaya, for a total cost of N5.8 billion.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari announced at the groundbreaking ceremony in Kofar Kaura that the state government had already released 70% of the total amount to the contracting firm because the balance was ready, pending the project’s completion date.
Masari stated that the one-year project aimed at easing traffic along IBB Way into Katsina city and at the junction that connects Katsina city with Dustinma road.
He stated that, in addition to beautifying the city, the flyovers will allow free flow of traffic on the two busy roads, easing social and economic activities for residents.
Masari stated that the project was a component of the state government’s urban renewal program.
He directed the state Ministry of Works to closely monitor the contractor and consultants working on the project to ensure that it is completed according to specifications and within the project time frame.
Earlier, Alhaji Tasiu Dandagoro, the state Commissioner of Works and Transport, explained that the construction of the flyover bridges was part of the administration’s road infrastructure development projects across the state.
He stated that the state government has so far awarded contracts for road projects totaling N74 billion.
He recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had commissioned five of the projects in the local government areas of Dutsinma, Kaita, Daura, Sandamu, and Mashi.