31 March 2021 By Remi Johnson
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Malam Mohammad Musa Bello says discovery of a big rock on the road and paucity of funds were reasons behind the delay in the completion of the Apo – Karshi road.
The Minister gave the explanation while responding to questions on the delay of completion of the road by State House Correspondents, after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja.
Malam Bello stressed that these challenges militated against the earlier promise that the project would be completed before the raining season.
According to the FCT Minister, the 13.25 kilometer Apo-Karshi road is a major project that the Administration is working very hard to deliver to residents.
His words:The Karshi-Apo road is a project that should have been delivered by now. One of the main challenges faced in that road has to do with error in the design whereby, a huge rock outcrop on the alignment of the road corridor became very difficult to be able to arrange…But, it is very obvious now based on the challenges being faced by the contractor including funding which we are trying to resolve,
It is likely that we would not be able to meet the target I earlier set to open the road before the raining season.” Bello said.
The Minister further explained that information available to him now, is different from the one he had, as at the time he made the promise.
The Minister however reiterated the FCT Administration’s readiness to continue to push for the completion of the Apo-Karishi road.
“But, you can be rest assured that it is a road that is so important to all of us in the city, and we will keep on pushing on to see that it Is done.”
The road which was first awarded in 2011 to Kakatar Engineering Limited, under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is proposed to ease the gridlock at the Karshi-AYA-Nyanya-Mararaba section of the Abuja-Keffi road that links to the Abuja metropolis when fully completed.