From Ahmad SAKA , Bauchi
Former Senate President David Mark has flagged construction of 35 klm rural roads to open up three rural communities at the cost of over 7bn in Bauchi State.
The road projects are, warji to gwaram in jigawa state 13.5km, Bogoro to Lusa in Bogoro local government, 11.2km and Boi in Bogoro local government to Tapshin in Tafawa Balewa local Government.
Flagging up the project in Warji Local Government Area of the State today Tuesday David Mark stressed the need for an inclusive governance that has welfare of the at heart if democratic government is to thrive in the country .
He commended Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir for embarking on construction of roads particularly rural roads urging him to do more until all rural communities were linked up to development.
Governor Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir in his speech declared that roads are pivotal to development because accessibility is key to effective governance the more reason his administration has embarked on massive construction of roads across the state.
The Governor said that the priority of his PDP led administration is change the perspective of governance in the state in order to make it rank among its contemporaries in the country.
Bala explained that the three roads will cost government a total of sum N7.3b and will be completed within 24 dry months expressing confidence that the contractor, Habibu Nigeria Engineering will deliver as expected.
The Governor who was full of appreciation for the cooperation between the executive and legislative arms of government stressed that without such collaboration it will be difficult for any democratic government to succeed.
Earlier, Commissioner of Works and Transport, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said that roads are a measure of the development of any area stressing that without good access road a state cannot be regarded as developed.
The Commissioner said that so far since coming on board, the Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir led PDP administration has completed 10 roads across the state while 19 others are at various stages of construction with the aim of opening up the rural areas for grassroots development.
Chairman, Bauchi State House Committee on Works, Yusuf Inuwa Dadiye stated that the Legislative arm is proud to be associated with the Executive arm because according to him what they want is development and the executive is doing well in that area.
He said that they were surprised to see that 23 different roads are being construed across the state within a short period assuring that the Assembly will continue to collaborate with the executive.
Chairman of Warji LGC, Adamu Mohammed Danjumai commended the construction of the road which he said will further connect the area to the rest of the Northern part of the state as well as neighbouring states of Kano and Jigawa.