By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, has disclosed that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration is undertaking 21 road projects in addition to housing projects that have reached the third Phase in Kano State.
Fashola made this disclosure when he paid a courtesy call on the Governor of the State, Abdullahi Ganduje at the Kano State Government House Wednesday.
This was contained in statement signed and issued by Director Press and Public Relations, Boade Akinola.
The minister said, “ At the moment we are undertaking 21 roads projects at the Federal Government level in and around Kano State totalling about 960 kilometres and some of the more famous ones are: Kano – Abuja Highway, Kano – Katsina, Kano – Maiduguri and a host of others.”
He also revealed that his Ministry has completed Phases 1 and 2 of the National Housing Programme in Kano State and had proceeded to Phase 3.
He added that President Muhammadu Buhari had given the approval for the handing over of the houses to members of the public and the exercise will be conducted by the Minsters from the various states on behalf of the President.
While expressing deep appreciation for the cooperation given to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing by the Kano State Government, he called on the members of the State Cabinet to encourage the indigenes and residents of Kano State to subscribe to the housing units through the portal that had been opened for interested home applicants saying that the Federal Government expected that
Kano people would be the heaviest subscribers to the houses in the State.
The Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje who was visibly pleased by the visit of Mr. Fashola, acknowledged the massive Infrastructural development undertaken by the Federal Government in the State in the road, housing, railway and aviation sectors.
Ganduje said, “ Mr. President is making Kano not only the commercial nerve centre of the northern part of the country, but the commercial nerve centre of some West African Countries.”
The Governor also disclosed that the State Government had earmarked the sum of 2 billion naira for the establishment of weigh bridges in the three main entrances to the State in order to protect the roads within the metropolitan city of Kano and therefore sought the approval from the Federal Government to execute the project.