Abuja – The Katsina State Government has spent N1 billion (US$6 million) to purchase machinery to be used in the construction of roads in the region, according to senior government officials.
About 2 000 kilometers of roads have been constructed during the period.
The State Commissioner of Works, Mustapha Maikudi, said the funds to purchase the equipment had been allocated to the state’s Road Maintenance Agency, which he said had been performing “credibly well” in roads maintenance particularly in Daura, Katsina and Funtua zone.
Maikudi was speaking at an event at Government House in Katsina where Governor Ibrahim Shema presented six vehicles to the Road Maintenance Agency. The premier donated Toyota Hilux pick-up vans.
He commended the performance of the agency in the maintenance of roads in the state.
Shema directed the agency to distribute the vehicles equitably among the three senatorial zones for effective supervision and monitoring of roads construction and maintenance.
Governor Shema used the occasion to express his condolences on behalf of the government and people of the state to the families of those who lost their lives following the collapse of a bridge along the Katsina-Kano road.
He said the Federal Government was doing everything possible to repair the damaged bridge.
At least 23 people died recently as vehicles crashed into the collapsed structure. Torrential rains washed away the bridge.
– CAJ News