The Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Engr Dr Lars Richter has recently thanked the Federal Government for the inspection and assured that the all-important road will be completed on schedule. While giving a naration on the section by section progress on the works, he said, “…we are fully committed and ready to do implement our acclaimed historical high quality and standards that remains the Julius Berger signature of excellence in contract management and project delivery. We are already on it and given the funding assurances we are getting from our client, we shall give you quality delivery in each section of the road as we make progress to the entire project delivery date.“
Giving more insight into the project, Umahi said from Abuja to Kaduna was 165km out of which 45km had been done. “From Kaduna to Zaria is completed, we have only 20 kilometres between Zaria and Kano, and then we have 40 or 38 kilometres from zero point,“ he said. Engr Umahi added that President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has expressed his deep concern on the completion of the road project, the minister said, the President has thus, directed that “everything must be done to get the entire project completed.”
In assuring the works minister of government’s determination to complete the project and on schedule, the Minister of Finance and coordinating minister of the economy, Wale Edun specifically told the works minister and contractors of government’s willingness to fund the project. “We are here to examine and to hear from the contractors and to get their commitment, encourage and support them so as to complete this all important reconstruction of the Abuja- Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road. They have done over 40 kilometres on this side, we want to urge them to do more. Infrastructure is a critical priority of the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.“ Edun further explained that the government intends to raise the money for the project and other road projects across the country from different sources.