The House of Representatives has charged the contractor handling the $542 million Abuja-Makurdi road project to complete it in record time.
Th House Committee on Works expressed displeasure at the slow pace of work on the Abuja-Keffi Expressway and the dualization of the Keffi-Lafia-Makurdi road project.
The 454 kilometre Abuja-Makurdi road project was awarded in 2017 but work did not start until 2019 as a result of its engineering, procurement and construction components.
From the Kugbo end of the Abuja-Keffi 5.4 km road expansion project, members of the Committee kicked off their oversight function.
They are also inspecting the spate of work regarding the dualisation of the Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Makurdi Road Project.
The legislators describe the project as crucial considering its connection to the nation’s capital, Nasarawa and Benue states and with particular reference to the South East, through Enugu State.
When completed, the road is expected to cut down travel time, reduce the spate of auto crashes and create safe travel conditions for users.
The Contractor is optimistic the April 2023 timeline will be met.
He says the project will create thousands of jobs needed to stimulate investment and consumption alongside the project
But the committee frowns at what it describes as the slow pace of work and charges the Contractor to deliver the project as agreed without compromising quality.
The supervising Ministry assures the committee the project is about 72 per cent done and will be delivered timely.