The state government has made 25 percent advance payment to road contractors.

Kaduna state government, in its bid to alleviate transportation problems in the state, has awarded 31 roads contract worth N28 billion across the three senatorial districts. The governor?s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Reuben Buhari, said in a statement that the government also awarded contracts for the procurement of 40 additional new operational vehicles for state security, the unit has been code-named Operation Yaki.

The statement said 25 per cent advance payment had already been made by the government to each road contractor.

According to the statement, ?In continuing efforts to improve the motorability of roads in Kaduna State and to improve on the needed access to densely-populated communities in Kaduna, the state government has awarded contracts 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.?

Based on the recommendation of the state SURE-P programme committee, contracts for the purchase of 700 Kings tricycles that would be used for transportation in the state which would cost N288.75 million has been awarded and another contract for the purchase of 40 Nissan Sunny vehicles that would serve as taxis at a cost of N105.6 million.

?The state government also gave the contract for the purchase of four 15-seater Toyota buses with AC to four faith-based institutions in the state at a total cost of N37.128 million,? the statement added.

The state government, in order to make kerosene accessible to the people, have given the contract for the procurement of four 22,000-litre Dong Feng DF1250 metre trucks and two 60,000-litre high-impact, corrosion-free surface tanks at a total cost of N153.615 million which would make the distribution and supply of kerosene easier across the state.

Buhari said: ?In view of the 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 Kaduna State government will ensure that it has the means to ensure that kerosene gets to all at the approved price of N50.00 per litre.?

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