The Jigawa State government spent N63 billion on the construction of 1,300 kilometres of roads in the past five years, the state’s Commissioner for Works and Housing, Alhaji Baba Santali has said.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday in Dutse, he said the projects were spread across the 27 local government areas of the state. Santali said the state government earlier initiated a road development programme designed to open up the state and enhance transportation.
He said some of them were the Gwaram-Basirka road, the BirninKudu-Kiyawa road, and the Kiyawa-Jahun-Gujungu road, adding that all the projects have been completed.
“All the road projects were executed under phases I, II and III in the past five years. We have concluded arrangements to embark on construction of additional roads under phase IV. It is a people oriented policy designed to enhance road transportation and open up the state,’’ he said.
According to him, the state government has established an agency to ensure effective maintenance of the roads. He added that the state government spent N200 million on the procurement of operational vehicles and other equipment for the agency to enhance its operations.