By Suleiman Adamu, Sokoto
GOVERNOR Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state has acknowledged and appreciates President Muhamamdu Buhari for approving refunds on federal roads rehabilitated by states government.
Bagudu made the remarkable statement of appreciation at weekend when he received the Minister of State for Works, Engineer Abubakar Aliyu at the Government House, Birnin Kebbi.
He said the kind gesture of President Buhari to approve the refunds to states on equitable basis without discrimination was highly commendable.
The Progressives Governors’ Chairman noted that ” Kebbi State is one of the States with Federal roads, the visit by the team to assess federal roads reconstructed by Kebbi State for reimbursement is a welcome one.”
Accordingly, the governor while envisaging further prospects tie to such, noted that with improved roads, Kebbi’s agriculture produce can reach out to the world.
” I appreciate the kind gesture of the visit to the state this time, to help in assessing what we did. I thank the Babatunde Raji Fashola “, Bagudu added.
However, the governor who was impressed, praised for President Muhammad Buhari for the completion of Sokoto/Tambuwal /Kontagora road describing same as most important road project that serves as a gateway to Abuja and Lagos.
Recalling the state of the road before it’s repairs, the governor described it as nightmare to commuters pointing out that ” it is one of the uncompleted roads inherited by this administration, gladly , President Muhammad Buhari completed the road.”
He further noted that road was a major component of infrastructure, thus gulped more funds as he cited an example of the cost of constructing a double coated road to over a hundred million naira per kilometer.
In the same vein while noting that Nigeria was facing inflation and limited flow of revenue into its coffers, the President through the Federal Ministry of Works paid attention to completing and building new roads, describing the feat as great achievement.
” The Federal Ministry of Works and all those who facilitated this must be commended.
” Equally, most of the debts , the over 500 billion naira that was paid by this administration were inherited debts that were there before the administration came in.
” President Muhammad Buhari in his usual charismatic magnanimity and patriotism, to support the state, to support the economy and to compensate effort decided to approve the refunds to states’ he commended.
The governor in a statement issued reporters by his Special Adviser on Media, Yahaya Sarki hiterto, requested the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Works to consider reimbursing the state for the Kalgo/Bunza/Kamba road.
Earlier, the Minister of State, Works and Housing, Engineer, Abubakar Aliyu told the governor his team was in the state to ascertain the construction of federal roads carried out by the state government.
“Out of the total distance of roads we have across the country, 34,000kms plus are under the jurisdiction of the federal government out of which we are currently working on over 13,000kms simultaneously with over 800 contracts currently ongoing”, Aliyu stated.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari had given approval for the payment of N477 billion, which was shared among the 25 states accordingly while adding that “ this is the third set of which Kebbi is among along side Yobe and Tarana states.”
Also, the state Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Abubakar Chika-Ladan told the governor that he led the visitors on inspection of Dabai-Mahuta-Koko road which was constructed in 2006 at the cost of N4.8 billion as well as Malando-Garin Baka-Ngaski 45 km road which gulped N2.2 billion in 2007.