Gombe-Yola road: FG assures construction work in progress

Minister of State (Works) Engr. Abubakar Aliyu

The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has appealed for patience and understanding of the citizens and other users of the Gombe-Yola road.

The Minister of State for Works and Housing, Abubakar D Aliyu, made the appeal while reacting to the publication on the social media on the failed portion of the road.

He therefore, assured road users that construction work will commence as soon as the rains subside, adding that the contractor is doing palliative measure to make the road passable.

A statement by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director of Press & Public Relations in the Ministry of Works states further:

“The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing (FMW&H) is aware of the condition of the road and committed to repairs of the damaged portion.

“The portion had been adequately assessed, redesigned and procurement process completed as an additional work to the subsisting contract for the rehabilitation of the road and FEC has approved.

“The bad portion which is about 11km sits on clay soil called black cotton soil which cannot support traffic.

“The removal and replacement of this black cotton soil was not part of the original contract, but approval has been given by FEC to augment the contract to include the removal of the black cotton soil and replacement with stones and laterite.

“However, the contractor cannot embark on the removal of this clay until after the raining season.

“In the interim, the contractor is carrying out palliative works to keep the road motorable. The contractor is on site working even now.

“The contract awarded involves massive excavation of the soil and replacement with stones to make the road last long.

“It needs no restating that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to alleviating the pains of Nigerians wherever they reside.”

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