The Federal Government on Friday said is to spend the sum of N22,699,176,016.86 on the rehabilitation of Mayo Belwa-Jada-Ganye-Toungo road in Adamawa State.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN who was represented by his Minister of State 1, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri and supported by his counterpart, Minister of State 11, Surveyor Suleiman Hassan Zarma, at the Flag-Off Ceremony in Mayo Belwa town, over the weekend, disclosed that the 112km road was due for rehabilitation having been built since 1999.
Fashola stated that the road, which is presently characterized with failed sections, potholes, alligator cracks, depressions and washouts at the edges, is an important economic route which links and passes through the agriculturally predominant towns of Mararaba, Jamtari, Jada, Dashen, Ganye and Toungo. It also leads to the neighbouring Taraba State.
The contract which has a completion period of 36 months, the Minister said, provides for the reconstruction of 112km road to a required 7.3m carriageway width and 2.75m shoulders. The carriageway, he noted, is to be overlaid with 60mm asphalt concrete binder course, 40mm asphalt concrete wearing course with pavement of 200mm thick and 200mm stone base.
Other ancillary benefits to the road users on that corridor, Fashola added, include stone pitching, kerbs and chutes to avoid washouts, kilometre posts and most importantly, road signs to give direction and make driving less cumbersome and pleasurable.
In his response, the Special Guest of Honour, the Governor of Adamawa State, Senator Bindow Umaru Jubrilla thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and Members of the National Assembly and most especially the Member representing Jada-Ganye-Mayo Belwa-Toungo Federal Constituency, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas for finding it worthy to invest so much on the corridor stating that the Federal Government is bound to generate huge revenue from the investment in the area of increased rice production and livestock farming.
The ceremony attracted many illustrious sons and daughters of the constituency and state some of whom included Senator Ahmed Abubakar, Senator Binta Massi Garba, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha and the Gangwari Ganye, HRH Alh. (Dr) Umar Adamu Sanda,OON among others.
Other dignitaries that showed solidarity to their friends in Adamawa State were the Senate Committee Chairman on Works, Sen. Kabiru Gaya, Chairman House Committee on Works, Hon. Toby Okechukwu, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Nebo among others.
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