The Kano state government has revoked over N5 billion contract for the construction of four major roads in the state.
The State Commissioner for Information, Malam Mohammed Garba, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Friday.
He said the decision to revoke the contracts was taken during the weekly Executive Council meeting held at the Government House on Thursday.
He said the affected roads were the phase two dualisation of Kofar Dawanau-Dandinshe-Kwanar Madugu road awarded at the cost of N1. 2 billion; dualisation of 5km roads in Ungogo and Warawa Local Government Areas awarded at the cost of N1. 4 billion and N1. 2 billion respectively.
Other road contracts revoked were the ones linking Kofar Sidi Ahmad to Kofar Dan ‘iya Aminu and Kofar Wambai; Kwarin Akuya, Dan Rimi, Sabon Birni Kurnar Asabe in Bichi and Fagge Local Government Areas awarded at the total of N357. 6 million.
Garba said the road projects in Bichi and Fagge were awarded on August 2, 2017 and November 13, 2017 , with completion period of four months and 14 months respectively.
He said the contracts were revoked following the inability of the contractor to complete the projects despite collecting advance payments of N204. 2 million and N96. 2 million respectively.
The Commissioner also said that the State Executive Council had approved the payment of N198. 5 million as Postgraduate Research Grant to Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil, and tN60 million for the university to conduct its 5th Convocation and investiture of the vice chancellor.
He said the Council had also approved N55 million for the procurement of solar power facilities in 10 selected health centres in the state, in addition to giving approval for the conduct of general renovation works at National Diarrheal Training Unit located at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital.
The commissioner disclosed that the council had approved the release of N30. 3 million for the construction of drainages and related measures to address problems of floods at Saya-Saya town in Albasu Local Government Area, as well as the sum of N38.9 million for the construction of Ado Bayero Road Network, Dorayi Babba in Gwale Local Government Area.