Caption: From left: Minister for State (Works & Housing), Hon. Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub; Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola; and Group Executive Director, BUA Group, Kabiru Rabiu, at the official flagoff of the N116bn, 132km Kano-Kongolam dual-carriage highway being constructed by BUA Group under Presidential Executive Order 007.
The management of BUA Group, on Tuesday said it has flagged-off the expansion and dualization of the 132km Kano-Kazaure-Kongolam highway project valued at N116bn, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in line with the Presidential Executive Order 007 Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme.
The construction which will pass through Kano, Jigawa, and Katsina states from Dawanau Roundabout in Kano State to Kongolam in Katsina State, was performed in Kazaure, Jigawa State by the Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
According to the Minister, who was accompanied by his colleague in the Water Resources Ministry, Engr Suleiman Adamu, and the minister of State for Works and Housing, Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub, as well as various emirs, BUA Group will be the sole financier of the project as part of its ongoing commitment to infrastructure development in the country.
Also speaking at the event, Kabiru Rabiu, Group Executive Director of the group, stressed BUA’s commitment to partnering with the government on critical projects and initiatives that will fast-track human, social, and infrastructural development across the country.
According to Rabiu, BUA Group has already mobilized equipment to site and has the capacity, expertise, and resources to complete the road on schedule, appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Works and Housing for approving the project, while assuring that the project will rank amongst the best in Africa when delivered.
According to Rabiu, the dualization project demonstrates BUA’s commitment to infrastructural development within Nigeria, commending the major roles played by the Minister of Works and Housing, Minister of water resources as well as the Minister of Finance and budget planning in actualizing the project.
The Minister of Works and Housing also reiterated the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration towards infrastructural development, assuring that the N116bn highway which is being constructed by BUA Group with allied infrastructure, will complement the ongoing rail infrastructure projects of the federal government in the North West region of Nigeria, and also open up more economic opportunities for Nigeria and the greater West African region.
Fashola added that the best way to develop the country was through Puablic Community Private Partnership, (PCPP), given the ₦348tr injection needed over a 10-year period to bridge the nation’s infrastructure gap.
He further applauded the management of BUA Group for its continuous effort in infrastructural development and emphasized the need for the State Governors of Jigawa, Kano and Katsina and traditional institutions to remove all encumbrances on the Right-of-Way of the project so as to allow the Contractor have full access to the width of the carriageway for the continued execution of the project for which implementation has already commenced.
On this part, Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub said the project is a very big one that “traverses the 3 states of Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states. The project will further open up the country by enabling access to neighbouring countries i.e. Niger Republic via Katsina State.
“The road, when completed, will feature three bridges – Ungoggo Roundabout, Kazaure and Daura and also include pedestrian crossings at eight locations along the project corridor and solar street lights for safe driving during nighttime which will be critical to development in the three states. The Honourable Minister for Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, during his speech, urged the contractor, BUA Group, to ensure the highest quality in the construction process and adhere to responsible ESG practices throughout the lifetime of the project. “I am proud to be associated with this project which will have massive developmental impact on the people of Jigawa, Kano and Katsina states. The government will continue to support initiatives and partnerships such as this and we are certain this project and others of a similar nature, will help improve the economic status and quality of life of Nigerians”, he added.
The expanded Kano-Kongolam dual carriage highway upon completion, will connect three states namely; Kano, Jigawa, and Katsina and improve interstate travel, make it easier to trade goods and services between the three states, and serve as a major artery for intra-African trade.