Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Apo-Karshi road suffers further setback, minister differs completion

The planned completion of the Apo-Karshi road before the rainy season may no longer be feasible owing to funding challenges among other issues, the FCT Administration has hinted.

FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, while speaking to journalists shortly after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting said the timeline was not practicable owing to the new realities on ground.

Responding to questions on what was delaying the completion of the road, the minister said, information available to him now is different from the one he had at the time he made the promise.

“I made that statement here a few weeks ago based on information available to me at that time. But, it is very obvious now based on the reality on ground and the challenges being faced by the contractor including funding which we are trying to resolve.

“It is likely that we would not be able to meet the target I earlier set up for making sure that that road gets opened before the raining season. But, you can be rest assured that is a road that is so important to all of us in the city, and we will keep on pushing on to see that it Is done.”

Recall that the minister on February 17 assured State House Correspondents that the 13.25km Apo-Karshi road would be completed before the start of the 2021 rainy season.

He had blamed error of design where a huge rock outcrop on the alignment of the road led to the delay in the completion of the road.

The Federal Capital Development Authority first awarded the contract in 2011 was for a sum of N6.4 billion (N6,355,609,124.53) to Kakatar Engineering Limited, a company owned by Azibaola Robert.

Bello in February said that the initial challenges encountered by the project contractor have been surmounted, adding that work is at advanced stage.

“The Karshi-Apo road is a project that should have been delivered by now. One of the main challenges faced in that road has to do with error in the design whereby, a huge rock outcrop on the alignment of the road corridor became very difficult to be able to arrange. But we are very happy to say that it is now almost taken care of. I believe within a few months’ time hopefully before onset of the rains this year, that road would be open.”

 

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