Kingsley Madaki, Abuja
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, has lambasted the director Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD) Engr. Soso Mohammed and engineers of the FCTA for their inability to actualise the N6.4 billion Karshi /Apo 13 kilometre road project.
The Minister who was angered by the state of the road, described the Karshi road project as “from nowhere to nowhere.” warn the contractors, do the right thing on the road, adding that the Karshi/ Apo road which has been under construction for four year with very little result to show.
The minister who after addressing a world press conference Monday decided to see the much talked about Apo Karshi road project for himself yesterday.
“The very popular Apo – Karshi road which every talked about and told me that the construction of the road would be the solution to the traffic gridlock on Nyanya and Karu roads into the city.
Abstract construction from nowhere to nowhere, a sign of what has been wrong with us as a people. I am very disappointed; I don’t understand how it will take the entire Engineers in the FCDA and an upcoming contractor like this one up to four years to construct a 13 kilometre road.
Having heard all, I weep for our situation; the contractor was initially unwilling to handle the project, the project had no design, it was not designed to Apo from Karshi initially,” the road was initially designed from Karshi to Wassa community.
It’s an embarrassment, a shame to us all, I have received complaints about the contractor, if this company builds nine kilometres of road in 10 years, I doubt their capacity” he said.
The minister explained that it was policy of government to patronise, but if what is on ground is what local companies can offer, then they better look elsewhere and bring in foreign contractors to deliver.
Engr. Soso Mohammed, Director, STDD said the 13kilometre project in all was awarded for N6.4 billion and N2.3 billion has been paid the contractor.
He said the contract was given since 2011 and that the contractor must work harder.
The villagers from Wase community, who came out to welcome the minister, through a community leader, Usman Ishaku expressed disappointment that the road project that was given since 2011 has left their people suffering without access road to the city.
The villagers therefore, appealed to the minister to come to their aid and help them fix the road.