Silent achiever : How Gov Badaru developed infrastructure in Jigawa – By Auwal D. Sankara

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One of the major objectives of government is the provision of good road network, ensuring adequate & stable power supply as well as alternative energy sources to the generality of the population, while maximizing the opportunities offered by information and communication technology in the pursuit of a broad-based economic development.
The State Government through the Ministry of Works and Transport, has recorded great achievements in terms of provision of good roads network that link the State capital with all the LGAs Headquarters, major towns and potential agricultural areas.
In line with the administration’s commitment to provide quality road network, it is embarking on the massive construction and rehabilitation of roads, bridges and culverts connecting critical units and easing the movement of goods and humans across the State. As at May, 2020, the administration has undertaken the construction of 89 roads, measuring 1,537.15KM.
716.5km of these were inherited from the previous administration at various levels of completion while another 396.85KM were awarded by this administration between 2016 and 2017. In 2018, another 410Km of road contracts were awarded, with additional 13.8KMs of work carried out in Hadejia and Jigawa Dan Ali.
Inherited Road Projects
At the inception of this administration in May 2015, forty-two (42) road projects of different categories at various stages of completion covering a total length of 716.5km with a huge financial burden of over Fifty-Seven Billion (N55.9b) in the form of certified value of works executed and outstanding works.
As at May 2020, all the inherited road projects were completed with the exception of Phase III of the Western Bye-pass (Maigatari-Galadi-Diginsa-Birniwa road), and part of Dutse Township roads, which are progressing accordingly.
In addition to the inherited road projects, Government in 2016/2017 awarded contract for the construction of twenty (20) road projects which includes 8No. Regional roads, 9No. Feeder roads and 3No. Township roads covering a total length of 396.85km at the total contract sum of N20,346,420,791.34. All the roads have been completed.
Projects Awarded by this Administration April 2018
In April 2018, Government also awarded contract for the construction of nine(9) road projects which includes Seven (7) regional roads and Two township roads covering a total length of 149.32km at the total contract sum of N23,067,617,997.29. These projects are ongoing at various stages of completion. Total payment made on the projects to date stands at N22,285,631,911.59.
Road Maintenance
From May 2015 to May 2020, the Jigawa State Road Maintenance Agency (JIRMA) has carried out maintenance works on some major state roads valued at N1,486,348,381.70. it has also provided technical support/advise to some MDA’s.
Federal Government Road Projects in Jigawa.
The Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammad Buhari has stayed true to its promise of reducing the infrastructure deficit in Nigeria. Jigawa State has not been left behind in the ongoing transformation, having benefited from the following projects which are at different stages of completion:
1. Rehabilitation of Ajingi – Jahun – Kafin Hausa Road. (Contract No – 6624; Contract Sum – N25,035,274,797.23)
2. Reconstruction of Kunya – Babura – Niger Republic border phase II: From Kanya Babba – Babura – Niger Republic Border Road (Contract No – 6692; Contract Sum N19,763,567,614.56)
3. Construction of Sections of Kano Maiduguri : Dundubus – Shuwarin – Kiyawa; with an extension from Shuwarin to Kwanar Hugumar.
Street Light Projects
Inherited ongoing projects in some Local Government Headquarters awarded at the total contract sum of N2,194,796,657.31.
Total payment made as at May 2015 is N1,621,88,261.61 with an outstanding Balance N572,912,395.70 Government obtained a discount of N114,582479.14 on the outstanding balance and N458,329,916.56.
From May 2015 to May 2020 Government awarded contract for the supply and installation of 4,369 units of Stand alone integrated solar streetlight in 1 some semi urban centres across the state at the total contract sums of N2,513,081,326.93.
The total payment stands at N2,351,818,474.67.
Auwal D. Sankara (Fica) is  Senior Special Assistant to the Executive Governor of Jigawa State on New Media
(Babban Mataimaki na Musamman ga Maigirma Gwamnan Jihar Jigawa a Sabbin Kafafen Sadarwa).
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