Federal Government has commenced the process of completing the abandoned Kankara-Gurbi road, a major highway in Ketare District of Kankara local government of Katsina state.
The Katsina State Controller, Federal Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing, Engineer Tunde Balogun made this known when he visited the Kanwa of Katsina and District Head of Ketare Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara in his palace.
Engineer Tunde Balogun said that the minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola had directed the contractor to resume work immediately on the road project adding that he will lead a team of inspectors and engineers to inspect and asses the abandoned road before the contractor return to site.
The District Head, Alhaji Bello-Kankara expressed gratitude to the government for initiating the process of completing the project.
“Our people have found it extremely difficult to move patients to hospitals and transport farm produce to major Markets because of the challenges on the road as well as a big stream along the road that flows through the rainy season.
“For instance, communities of Tsamiya Jino, Gurbi, Dan Murabu among others have to travel long distance to access the main road leading to Kankara.”
The Kanwa advised the controller to inform the contractor to start with the construction of a bridge on the stream to give way for smooth passing of people on their goods along the road.
It could be recalled that the Kankara-Gurbi Road was awarded by the federal government in 2013 but the contractor abandoned after receiving the mobilization fees. This prompted the district head to call on the federal government to intervene and compel the contractor to resume work on site for the people of the area to enjoy dividends of democracy under president Mohammadu Buhari Administration.