The sum of N26.48 billion has been expended on road construction in Benue state in the past two years, says, Mrs Mnena Shija, Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport, has said.
This includes the re-construction of two rural roads, covering 119km at the cost of N2.511 billion.
Thisday newspapers quoted the Commissioner as saying that
“On assumption of duty, (Gabriel) Suswam swung into action and completed the stalled 14km Gboko-Mkar-Ameladu asphalted road costing N792 million. Work has equally commenced on the N2 billion Otukpo-Ugbokpo-Oweto, 48km asphaltic road that had been nearly abandoned and work is progressing steadily,’ he added.
She said that the administration inherited 642.8km network of rural roads valued at N5.958 billion from the past administration, adding that while some had been completed, others were at various stages of completion.
Shija said that contracts for the construction of some rural roads had been terminated and referred to the Ministry of Justice and EFCC for recovery of monies from the contractors.
She said that the contracts included a 230km, by M/s Value Trust Investment Nig. Ltd, awarded in 2004 at the cost of N2.3 billion and the 41km road by M/s Jukok International Ltd., awarded in October 2005 at the cost of N3.88 billion.