Abuja - It is feared the kidnapping of seven foreign workers in Jigawa State last year might affect the completion of the dualization of Kano-Maiduguri Road.
The Director of the Project Implementation Unit of the Subsidy Re-Investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), Mayen Adetigba, during the inspection of projects by the SURE-P Sub- Committee, described the incident as traumatic to both contractors and clients.
The workers were kidnapped at the Shuwarin Junction last August.
The contractors have returned to the site just lately after the provision of security facilities by the Federal Government.
Convener for the SURE-P Road and Bridges Project, Kassim Bataiya, said that the percentage of the work done so far stands at 60 percent.
Bataiya stressed that the issue of funding would not be a problem to SURE-P.
“In all the intervention projects under SURE-P, we do not have any problem with payment. Once money is appropriated and as soon as the contractor submits his certificate and is verified, we pay out- rightly without delay. So, the issue of funding has not been a problem in all the SURE-P projects,” said the official.
Bataiya disclosed that SURE-P did not have control over the budget, since it did not appropriate.
The executive, he explained prepared the budget, while the legislature appropriated it.
“SURE-P has nothing to do with the budget unless when fully appropriated and approved by the government,” said Bataiya. – CAJ News