Karimi wants Kabba-Ilorin road concessioned to Dangote
Hon Sunday Karimi a two time member of the House of Representatives in the 7th and 8th assembly representing the good people of Yagba federal constituency of Kogi State has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to work out an arrangement in which the Kabba-Ilorin road could be concessioned to Dangote Cement on the basis of tax waivers.
Hon Karimi explained that the road had earlier been awarded to C.G.C for construction from Kabba-Mopa-Isanlu-Egbe-Omu-Aran-Ilorin. The contract for phases 1&2 were awarded in 2014 and 2016 respectively and not much work was done on the road. Owing to pausity of funds during the annual budgeting process and lack of capacity on the part of the contractor.
Hon Karimi therefore called for the termination of the contract through a mutual agreement, that will enable government to enter into a new agreement with Dangote,using the same method as was done with Obajana-Kabba road.
Hon Karimi premised his argument on the untold sufferings of motorist on the road which he described as unbearable adding that it is quite obvious that C.G.C has shown a lack of capacity for the contract.
Hon Karimi pointed out that Dangote Cement is a major user of the road, yet pays nothing for the wear and tears it causes to the road.
Hon Karimi pointed out that palliative work funded by some good spirited individuals is ongoing on the road. Describing the presence of Dangote trucks on the road now as a shame.
Hon Karimi lamented that at a time, the road was listed under Phase two of SUKUK founded road project nationwide, but expressed worry that till date, the road has not experienced any work done.