By DAVID IORJA, Abuja –
The Kano-Abuja highway is to become six lanes as the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N867.2 million for engineering design of an additional lane on the road.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this while made briefing State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting, which was presided over by the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
According to Fashola, “The Ministry of Works and Housing presented a memorandum to appoint a consultant for the engineering design of the additional lane for the Abuja-Kano highway for the sum of N867.263 million.
“The Council approved that memo for the work to be executed in five months.
“Abuja-Kano is already under construction, it was awarded in December 2017 but we now reviewed that project, giving that the road was built in the early 90s and the traffic that has grown there now so as we are doing the construction we might expand the carriage way from two lanes each way making four, to three lanes each way making six lanes.
“So, we have to design an additional lane on both sides comprising of 365 kilometers each way and we have to also make a new design for about 66 bridges across the entire length, so it’s the consultant that will do that design that was approved today.”
The minister gave the name of the contractor as Yolas Consultants.