The Kogi State Government has entered into contractual agreements with Julius Berger Nigeria Plc for the construction of Shintaku-Ayingba federal road, and Kabba and Okene townships roads.
The government said the contracts which were awarded in the form of partnership with the construction giant would lead to the building of seven other key roads across the three Senatorial districts of the state.
The partnership, as gathered, was part of Governor Yahaya Bello’s commitment to provide essential infrastructures that would propel economic development in the State at lesser costs.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of a Reconnaissance Survey of the roads by a team of Julius Berger’s engineers and government officials on Monday in Lokoja, Mr Abel Ozigi, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Bello on Project Liaison and Management, described the partnership with Julius Berger as a long-term one that was aimed at transforming the infrastructural map of the State.
Ozigi disclosed that the first phase of the projects would address Lokoja, Kabba township roads and Takete-Idde road in the West senatorial district.
“Shintakun-Anyigba road in the East, Okene township roads and Eika-Okene road in the Central Senatorial District among the 10 roads slated for the construction,” he said.
He expressed confidence in the ability of Julius Berger to handle the projects with the governor, given the political and goodwill of the state government to prosecute the partnership.
Mr Abdulmumuni Sadiq, Commissioner for Works, confirmed that the invitation and visit of the construction company was part of the efforts of Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration to provide world class infrastructure for the state capital and the three senatorial districts.
“Their visit to the state, today, is to do the reconnaissance survey of all the roads that we have enumerated in our proposal to them.
“This is necessary so that they can go back and come up with the design and estimate to construct the roads,” he said.
Contributing, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, Director-General, Media and Publicity to the governor said the state government was very close to concluding a workable partnership with Julius Berger to buttress its commitment to infrastructure development in the state.
“This will go a long way in fixing many of our roads. We are conscious of the fact that for the state to develop, our infrastructure must be of high qualities,’’ he said.