The Federal Government has approved N7 billion palliative for urgent rehabilitation of the 46.3km Cham-Numan road in Adamawa.
Mr Salihu Abubakar,Federal Controller of Works made disclosure while inspecting the Cham – Numan road on Friday.
Abubakar said that contract for the rehabilitation of the 46.3 km road was initially awarded at a total sum of N9.8 billion in 2017.
According to him, the construction work was delayed due to insufficient fund, adding that the FG’s palliative intervention was approved to reduce hardship and lost of lives and property on the road. ”
The Palliative work is coming as a result of rainy season that worsened the road situation thereby halting the permanent construction of the road to save lives and property of people.
“The Federal Government in July 2020, judiciously approved N7 billion for the augmentation of the worst part of the road which is Eleven kilometer long as a result of black curtain soil. ”
The N7 billion was in addition to the original sum of the project ( N9.8 bn) which is now N16.8 billion, ” Abubakar said.
He said that the palliative work was expected to be completed before middle of October and the permanent construction would resume at the end of the rainy season.
He urged travellers using the road to be patient and exercise caution during the rehabilitation work.
Mr Xu Hua, site manager, CGC Nigeria Limited, the company handling the main construction, attributed the snail speed of the project to non release of funds.