The Federal Government has assured worried Abuja residents that the Apo-Karshi Road designed to ease traffic logjam on that axis of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), would be open for public use before the start of this year’s rainy season.
The road was designed to ease the gridlock at the AYA-Nyanya-Mararaba section of the Abuja-Keffi road that links the Abuja metropolis with some densely populated satellite towns including Karshi, and neighbouring Nasarawa State.
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, who announced the near-completion of the project to journalists in Abuja, explained that the 13.25-kilometer road contract first awarded in 2011 to Kakatar Engineering Limited for N6.4billion, had been delayed by error of design as construction encountered a huge rock outcrop on the alignment of the road.
Addressing the press after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, Bello said that “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 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. Already a portion of that road which links Tundun Wada on the Abuja-Keffi Expressway via old and new Karshi is now very motorable because of the bridge constructed there by the Ecological Fund, which was commissioned about a month ago.
“I believe this road would help on the Abuja-Keffi Expressway, particularly the portion from the military formation right to Nyanya, which I’m sure you aware the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing is working on. It’s been widened and all the alignment for the road proper have been graded.”
On the demonstration over insecurity by Pegi community residents within Kuje area council, over insecurity, the Minister said that “all the insecurity concerns were raised at the FCT security council meeting on Tuesday. We are focusing on three things – vandalism, cultism and drug abuse, and communal clashes. We have looked at them and we are working on them.”
He also blamed lack of funds for the non-completion of the road leading to the resettlement area in Pegi.l, saying that it “has been affected by budgetary constraints especially as you know 2020 was a difficult year for everybody, particularly in terms of our ability to fund our projects.
“But I hope in 2021 based on what we have in the budget we will work as much as possible to see that this project is completed, after all it is just 14 kilometers.”