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Completion Of Kano/Maiduguri Road: Senate To Investigate Why It Was Delayed For 17 Years

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The senate has Mandaed its Committee for Works to interact with the Honorable Minister of Works, on the urgent need to expedite the completion of Wudil- Gaya Dutse and Beni shiek to Maiduguri dual carriage way.

Presenting the motion before the senate plenary Senator Kawu Sumaila noted that the Kano-Maiduguri expressway is a critical artery for transporting people and agricultural goods across several states including Jigawa, Bauchi, Yobe, and Borno,

It was awarded for  a dualization contract by the federal government 17 years ago under Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, However, successive administrations have failed to complete this vital project;

Kawu noted that during  the President Buhari-led administration’s commitment to improving road transportation led to the award of so many road contracts to restore many of the dilapidated roads in the country, among these projects was the renewed contract for the dualization of the Kano-Maiduguri Road;

Senator Kawu said to tackle this ambitious project, the project has been divided into five manageable sections.

The first section focuses on the Kano-Wudil-Shuarin Road, while subsequent sections cover progressively connect Shuarin to Azare, Azare to Potiskum, Potiskum to Maiduguri, and finally, Malduguri to Benishek

Also he said,  the Section one is the most extensive, spanning roughly 202.73 kilometers which involves constructing a brand new, up-to-standard two-lane carriageway begins in Kano and travel through Wudil and Gaya local government areas (both in Kano State) before reaching its endpoint in Shuarin, Jigawa State

He noted that, as an international route linking Nigeria to Chad, Niger, and Cameroon, the Kano-Malduguri road facilitates cross-border trade, A functional road will lower transportation costs, encourage regional trade partnerships, and attract foreign investment

Senator Kawu expressed Worries that the unfinished section between Wudil and Gaya in Kano State is particularly dangerous, saying Only one lane of the planned dual ca20231206 132617rriageway is complete, forcing drivers to navigate a single lane in both directions. This significantly increases the risk of accidents;

Also woried that the unfinished section between Wudil and Gaya in Kano State poses a grave danger to drivers. With only one lane completed on a planned two-lane road, it forces vehicles traveling in both directions to navigate a single lane. This is a recipe for disaster, and immediate action is required to finish construction and ensure driver safety;


Contributing on the issue senator Kaka Lawan representing Borno Central expressed dismay over the lack of seriousness to complete the seventeen years project

He argued that due to the importance of the road and only dual carriage way in the entire North East suppose to be considered before any other road in the country, adding that the road is so critical to the socio economic development of both North west and North east and the entire country .

The deputy senate president Barau Jibrin , senator Danjuma Goje as well as senator Babangida Hussaini supported the motion respectively.


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