Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
The Kwara State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria’s Governors Forum (NGF), Mr. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, yesterday lauded the federal government’s commitment on the ongoing construction of the N350 billion Bode Saadu/Kaiama/Kosubosu Road project and other roads.
AbdulRazaq described it as a major breakthrough for the state and Nigeria, and explained that the road project was awarded to the BUA Group by the federal government.
The road projects under the arrangement are Bode Saadu-Kaiama-Kosubosu; Bacita-Shonga-Lafiagi; Eiyenkorin-Afon-Offa-Odo Ottin; and Okuta-Bukuro Road, which connects to the Benin Republic.
Speaking during his familiarisation visit to the road project at Bode-Saadu, the governor said that the roads would open up Nigeria’s economy with other West African countries such as the Republic of Benin and strengthen the protocols on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
AbdulRazaq thanked the federal government and the BUA Group for embarking on the project, and commended the affected communities for their patience.
He said: “This is a major breakthrough. It is a huge success for Nigeria. Let me first of all thank the federal government for this.
“I also thank all the communities concerned for their patience and constructive advocacy.
“We started this project in 2020. We went ahead to design the road and we saw that we couldn’t afford it. So, we engaged the federal government.
“This will cost in excess of N350 billion and over N45 billion have been paid. That is why I said that it is huge.
“From here, you can be in the Republic of Benin in less than three hours after the road is completed. It is going to open up Nigeria’s economy with the Republic of Benin, to ECOWAS sub-region, especially with the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.”
The governor drove some distance on the road in the company of his Supervisory Commissioner for Works, Hon. Abdulquawiy Olododo.
AbdulRazaq said that the road project would lessen travel time from Kwara to Niger and Oyo States, adding that the construction period is estimated to last three years.
He said, “This is not the only road we facilitated. We also have Lafiagi-Bacita Road, Eyenkorin to Offa and down to Osun state.
“It is also going to open up several agrarian communities. Hitherto, we used to access two of our local government areas (Kaiama and Baruten) through Niger and Oyo States. This will no longer be the case. We are going to link the two local government areas directly.
“The work has started. We could not access it before. We are at Kilometre Nine now; and about 13 kilometres of earth work are being done already.”
The governor commended the federal government for the choice of BUA Group as the contractor, describing the firm as serious and competent.
BUA Group is building a multimillion dollar sugar refinery in Kwara, and this road extends to Lafiagi where the refinery will be, he said.
“We are glad that the federal government is using BUA. BUA is known to us in Kwara as a serious company. This is a set of companies we want to deal with, and we are happy that the federal government is working with BUA.
“From the equipment we have seen here, it shows that we are dealing with a very serious and competent company.
“A lot of Kwarans do not know the amount of work being done on site. It is because we just want to make sure that the work is being done before we announce it,” he added.
The Site Engineer, Mr. Yang Chang, who is representing BUA Construction Company, assured the people of the state that all the road projects woud be completed within three years and according to the specifications.