By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse
Jigawa State Government has constructed 96 different road projects covering 1,642.43 kilometres within the last six years, the Commissioner of Works and Transport, Engineer Aminu Usman has revealed.
Featuring on NUJ Jigawa Correspondent Chapel of Media Engagement at Manpower Development Institute Dutse, he further said the road projects are classified into three segments.
The roads consist of 15 regional roads, 20 township, and seven feeder roads, all covering 97.4 kilometres, gulping a whopping sum of N142.83bn.
Engineer Gumel also stated that the present administration was able to complete all the inherited road projects, covering 716.5km, to the tune of N88, 439,545,482,44k out of which the previous Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government was able to pay N32.5bn only, while they settled the remaining balance of N55bn.
According to Engineer Usman Gumel, the 15 regional roads cover a distance of 476.266 kilometres at a whopping cost of N54,776,022,383.74k and are amongst their inherited road projects out of which the previous PDP government was able to pay N17,705,374,866.90k, leaving a balance of N37,697,516.84k which they settled and completed all the roads.
“Similarly, we inherited seven feeder roads, covering 97.4 kilometres at a cost of N1,652180,784.12k and amount paid by the previous regime was N1080,903,210.80k leaving a balance of N571,27757332k and we have settled and completed all the roads.
“Coming down to township roads, we inherited 20, covering a distance of 142.83 kilometres at the cost of N32012,342,314 awarded by the previous government of PDP-led administration of Sule Lamido in which only N13,759,542,016.81k, was paid by the former government and we took the pains of completing the roads as well as settlement of the outstanding balance,” he explained.
He further said that the ministry of works and transport was able to repair 99 roads through the support of its Jigawa Road Maintenance Agency (JIRMA) at a cost of N22.8bn, in addition to fixing of solar powered lightings in major towns and villages, schools, among other public buildings to the tune of N7.5bn.
“On fire services, we received 130 emergency calls, saved about 57 lives, lost 235 lives, while property worth N513,256,518 were saved from fire outbreak, as against over N200m property lost to fire outbreak in different locations in Jigawa State in the period under review,” he revealed.