The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu has revealed how the government of President Goodluck Jonathan, two years ago, awarded contract for the construction of Kano-Katsina Dual Highway without releasing a kobo for it.
Garba Shehu who was answering questions on Kano Express Radio interview programme said that there are other projects that existed on paper but were not executed.
“Kano-Katsina dual highway was awarded three years ago by the last administration. They didn’t pay a kobo for its start-up. President Buhari just paid money for the first tranche of 75 kilometers and work has begun apace.”
He said that all such projects, including repair of highways, railways and power generating plants are being developed now by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Garba Shehu, Buhari administration is fast tracking the projects in order to pump money into the economy as a way of pulling the economy out of recession.
He said that the sum of N750 billion has been released for capital projects in the last five months and that counterpart funds for the take-off of the $11 billion Kano-Lagos rail project had been paid.
Garba Shehu said that the importance of infrastructure in the country’s economic and industrial take-off cannot be over-emphasized, adding: “without infrastructure, the country will not witness growth.” [myad]