The Federal Government has approved the reconstruction of the bad portion of the Ganaja road in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital to salvage the road from yearly flooding.
In a joint assessment issued by the Kogi State Ministry of Works and Housing, the Federal Road Maintenance Agency and Gitto Construction Company on Wednesday in Lokoja.
Federal Controller of Works, Onafuye Olayinka also revealed the state of readiness of the new design for the entire road.
According to him, “The contract is the special repair of the 700M flooded/bad portion of Ganaja road. The job is awarded to Messrs Gitto Nig. Ltd. The scope of work includes the removal of unsuitable material to a 500mm depth, provision of hardcore and granular materials, provision of concrete (rigid) pavement, and embarkment protection work provision of Solar-Powered Street Light.
He noted that the contractor has mobilised to the site and has commenced work execution.
However, the design for the 7km dual carriageway from the Ganaja Junction Flyover to Ganaja roundabout in Ganaja village with spur through Nyamanyama/500 Unit Housing Road is almost completed and awaiting approval for award by Federal Ministry of Works & Housing,” he said.
The Kogi State Commissioner for Works and Housing Hon. Samson Bako while responding thanked President Ahmed Bola Timubu led administration for the swift response to the call of Gov Yahaya Adoza Bello on the Federal Government over the flooded part of the Ganaja road.
Recall that on the 23rd of August 2023, the Minister for Works Dave Umahi, had promised to redesign the Lokoja- Ganaja-Ajaokuta Express road in view of its strategic importance as the gateway between the Northern and the Eastern parts of the country.
Umahi made the promise during his maiden working visit to Kogi State when responding to Governor Yahaya Bello who had highlighted the road as the major link road between the North and South.
The Minister expressed gratitude for the governor’s warm reception upon his appointment and for his dedication to the betterment of Kogi State.