Federal Roads: BASG appeals to FG for reimburstment

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By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi.
Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has appealed to the Federal Government to refund monies the state government spent in the reconstruction works on Bauchi-Bogoro-Dawaki and Dindima-Yankari roads in the state.
He said that dwindling resources and the need for state government to find other ways of sourcing money to execute projects to up-lift of the living standard of the people forced the state to re-echo the need for the Federal government to settle those liabilities.
Abubakar, while holding a follow up meeting with the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, said the state needs the monies refund to enter into other contractual agreements for the handling of similar projects the state.
The appointment was earlier made with the Power, Works and Housing Minister, Rotimi Chibudom Ameachi, but he was out of the country on official visit to the United States with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Press secretary to the Bauchi state Governor, Abubakar Al-Sadique said the meeting with the Minister followed an application to President Buhari, seeking permission to embark on construction and rehabilitation of federal roads under the Bauchi massive urban revival project.
The governor explained that under the massive Bauchi revival project, major roads will be constructed, dualised and provided with modern traffic lights in Bauchi, Azare and Misau, including the federal roads that form the gateway to Bauchi metropolis from other states of the federation.
Also discussed with the minister was the intervention of the Bauchi state government in carrying out repairs on Bauchi-Ningi Federal highway from break down as a result of heavy downpour where the
Governor assured the minister of good quality job by the contractors handling the project
The governor also hosted the Management of DAAR communication, owners of AIT/Raypower led by the Group Managing Director, Mr. Tony Akiolu.
The governor explained to the management that the withdrawal of the certificate of occupancy of the AIT/Ray Power in Bauchi was based on the recommendation of the Tijjani Baba Gamawa committee on the recovery of public property charted away by officials of the immediate past administration in the state.
“It isn’t the intension of Bauchi state Government to stifle any media of communication. We are ready to give it out on rent to you or sale it out if you give the state a good offer,” the governor told the Group Managing Director.

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