- Kano state government has revealed the reason why it is constructing N4bn Dangi underpass, flyover in Kano
- The government said the aim of the project is to ease vehicular movements in the ancient city
- It dismissed the allegations that the project was not captured in the 2018 budget
The Kano state commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba, has said that the administration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje is constructing an underpass and flyover at Dangi roundabout in Kano city as part of its efforts to end chaotic traffic in the city.
In a statement released in Abuja on Wednesday, April 11, the commissioner dismissed the attempt by some individuals to discredit the Dangi roundabout underpass and flyover construction project through unsubstantiated allegations as stark ignorance of the inner workings of government.
Daily Trust reports that he said the project, which foundation stone laying was performed by Governor Ganduje at a ground breaking ceremony, was approved at the 111th state Executive Council Meeting.
The commissioner further said that the project is aimed at ensuring the provision of good road networks that will curtail chaotic traffic situation in the city.
Garba, however, said some disgruntled elements who are serving the interest of a political cult in the state, are hell-bent on creating confusion by accusing the government of executing the gigantic project outside budgetary allocation.
He said one Hamisu Magaji who is playing such cards by hiding under the garb of a fictitious organisation and a member of one of the opposition parties in the state, ought to have dig out to find how the government intends to execute the project that also seeks to reduce carbon emission and minimize road accidents among others.
He said: ‘’Contrary to Magaji’s false claim that the project is not captured in the 2018 budget, we make bold to give a breakdown on how fund made for that project is going to be sourced.”
He said the project, which has a total contract sum of over N4 billion, consists of two construction works that involves an underpass with a total contract sum of N3 billion for which the sum of N150 million has been set aside in the 2018 budget, while the contract sum for the construction of the flyover is put at N1.4 billion.
Already, the state Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport had requested from the Ministry of Planning and Budget an Authority to Incur Expenditure (AIE) for the balance total contract sum for the construction of the underpass, while the contract sum for the construction of flyover, which is captured in a supplementary budget, which is in the process of being sent to the state House of Assembly for approval and passage, Garba said.
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The government spokesperson said while the Ganduje administration welcomes constructive criticisms, it will not fold its arms and observe people in dire need of attention to not only discredit it for their selfish motives and also distract its attention from carrying out the mandate for which it was elected.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Ganduje on Monday, April 9, welcomed with satisfaction the decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to re-contest election come 2019.
According to a statement signed Garba, the governor gave assurance that the second term tenure of President Buhari would ensure consolidation of the achievements recorded by the present administration in the area of economic growth, security, fight against corruption and transparency in government among others.
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