The Former Nigerian Head of State General Yakubu Gowon has flagged off the construction of a new interchange at the British-American Junction in Jos with a call on the citizens of Plateau State to continue to support Governor Simon Lalong to complete his developmental projects.
General Gowon said the bridge project was commendable as it would alleviate the congestion in the area and improve the movement of people and goods in the state.
He said Plateau State was a tourist attraction for many states in the country, adding that there was a need to provide better roads for the convenience of visitors and citizens.
The former president Gowon congratulated Governor Lalong on his political maturity by continuing the work he inherited and completing many of them and launching others across the state.
That, he said, would enable the state to further develop and continue to discharge its responsibilities as a haven for peace and tourism.
In his remarks, Governor Lalong described the construction of the flyover as a major step towards addressing the problems faced by motorists over the years who have been facing the challenge of crossing the highway that connects the North East.
He said, “Not only have we implemented (inherited and new) projects, but we have made sure that every part of the state is touched regardless of whether we are elected by the people, we have left the era of running actions to show priority. Ethnic, political, or religious, we are all aware of the state and other road users to follow this path, we have taken the step we have taken to build this bridge with integration to the Flamingo junction from there. “We need to put the state on the path to economic growth and realize that the public’s long hours spent on traffic are hampering business.”
The governor said it was a federal highway, but the state government had decided to intervene while awaiting the commencement of the Akwanga Jos to Gombe project due to its importance to its people.
He directed the State Ministry of Works to consult with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to ensure that the intervention requirements are met in addition to the monitoring cooperation to meet the criteria and conditions set for such projects for access to this project.
The governor said the project was the first road project undertaken by his administration using the option of a private-sector partnership where a financial institution would provide all the funds and provide a guarantee.
“This partnership has not only opened a new workshop on job support for the state, but also affirmed the government’s success in restoring confidence in Plateau State and reviving the economy, so I assure you state and other road users that with this guarantee of funding and the promise made by the contractor, this project will be completed and my government will give him a job before he leaves office in May 2023, ”he said.
The governor of Niger State and interim chairman of the APC Interim Committee, Abubakar Sani Bello, commended Governor Lalong for his commitment and focus on fulfilling his campaign promises to the people of Plateau State despite financial challenges.
He said Governor Lalong’s actions were a good sign for the APC, which has made significant strides in various sectors of the economy in all the states under its control.
Ministry of Works Commissioner Pam Bot-mang said, that they continue to liaise with stakeholders on the road which is a federal highway to ensure there are no defects.
He said the total cost of the project was N9 billion with expenditure and 18 months to complete.
Long Game Miskoom Martin Shaldas said the work of the Governor was one of fairness and honesty.
The Chairman of Cranenburg Nigeria Ltd, Alhaji Nasiru Danu assured that the company will work hard to achieve the desired completion and quality.
Source: Dr. Makut Simon Macham