The Federal Government has spent N8.3 billion to rehabilitate the 104 kilometre Funtua to Gusua federal highway which it awarded for upgrade and rehabilitation in 2009.
The Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said this on Friday in Funtua, Katsina state while inspecting the rehabilitation of the road.
He said that the previous government awarded the road contract at N7.9 billion. The minister said that the present administration reviewed the contract from N7.9 billion to N8.3billion.
Speaking through Mr. Busari Siriku, a Director of Federal Highways in charge of North West Zone, Fashola said that the contract was awarded to Mother Cat construction company but was not given enough money by the previous administration.
He said the current administration had been providing funds to the construction company.
Speaking earlier, the Katsina State Federal Controller of Works, Mr. Tunde Balogun, said that the road contract was awarded in 2009 while it was in aterrible condition.
In his remarks, the Mother Cat site engineer, Mr. Saed Karen, said that the company would soon complete the road as it had been receiving the necessary financial support from the Federal Government.
In his contribution, the Katsina State Chairman of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Mr. Aliyu Ibrahim, expressed satisfaction with the quality of materials usedto carry out the project.
He commended the Federal Government for providing dividends of democracy to the people of the North West.