See Press Release below –

Press Release on Contracts Awarded Today

1. In continuing efforts to improve the motor-ability of roads in Kaduna state and to improve on the needed access to densely populated communities in Kaduna, the state Government, today, 28 September, 2012, awarded contract for the immediate construction of 31 roads all across the 23 local Governments of the state at a total cost of 28 billion with various completion dates. Already the state government has made preparation for 25% advance payment to each contractor upon the contractor submitting a bank bond (advance payment guarantee)

2. Also, conscious of the fact that since 2007/2008 that the Operation Yaki vehicles were procured, and in view of the dilapidation and the need to improve the security situation of the state, the state government, today gave the contract for the purchase of 40 additional new operational vehicles with full accessories.

3. Based on the inauguration of a committee to identify programmes and projects to be undertaken by the Kaduna state government with its share of revenue from fuel subsidy reduction, the committee, under the chairmanship of the deputy governor, identified projects and submitted its reports. Considering the social security challenges in the state, and based on the recommendations of the committee, contract was today awarded for the purchase of 40 Nissan Sunny vehicles that would serve as Taxis at a cost of N105,600,000

4. Also, the contract for the purchase of 700 Kings Tricycles that would be use for transportation in Kaduna state has been given at a cost of N288,750,000.00 all under the state SURE-P

5. The state government also gave the contract for the purchase of 4 No. 15 Seater Toyota bus with AC to four faith-based institutions in the state at a total cost of N37,128,000.00

6. In view of the fact that the faculty of medicine, Kaduna state university is due to graduate pre-clinical students ready for their clinical training and that the 300 specialist bed is not yet ready, the state government has given contract for the upgrading of Barau Dikko specialist hospital to provide teaching services at a cost of N474 million in the first phase of the upgrade.

7. In view of hardship being experienced by people in Kaduna state in getting kerosene for domestic use and to ensure that the Kerosene Direct Scheme gets to the rural areas at all times, the state Government has given the contract for the procurement of 4 No. 22,000 litres Dong Feng DF1250 metre trucks and 2 no. 60,000 litre high impact corrosion free surface tanks at a total cost of 153,615,000. This will ensure that Kaduna state government has the means to ensure that kerosene at the approved price of N50.00 per litre gets to all.

8. Contract was also given today for the supply of science, technical and vocational equipment to secondary schools.

Reuben Buhari, Senior Special Assistant (Media)

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