Oru Leonard

TheHonourable Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing Engr. Abubakar D Aliyu, FNSE said that work is in progress on the damaged portion of road along the Gombe- Yola axis circulating in the social media .

A press release  made available on Thursday, October 8, 2020 by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr Boade Akinola stated, “The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing (FMW&H) is aware of the condition of the road and committed to repairs of the damaged portion.

“The portion had been adequately assessed, redesigned and procurement process completed as an additional work to the subsisting contract for the rehabilitation of the road and FEC has approved” he noted.

“The bad portion which is about 11km sits on clay soil called black cotton soil which cannot support traffic. The removal and replacement of this black cotton soil was not part of the original contract, but approval has been given by FEC to augment the contract to include the removal of the black cotton soil and replacement with stones and laterite,”

He however explained that the contractor cannot embark on the removal of this clay until after the raining season, but palliative work is on to keep the road motorable. He further stated that full re construction of the bad section on the road will commence as soon as the rains subsides.

The contract awarded involves massive excavation of the soil and replacement with stones to make the road last long. We therefore appeal for patience and understanding of the citizens and other road users.

“It needs no restating that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to alleviating the pains of Nigerians wherever they reside”, the Minister reaffirmed..

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