The Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) of IFAD says it is rehabilitating the 10km-Kundu -Akere Road in Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger at the cost of N203 million.
Dr Mathew Ahmed, the State Programme Coordinator IFAD-VCDP, said this in Wushishi when the 5th Supervision Mission of the VCDP visited the site.
“The contract sum for this road linking Kundu and Akere communities is N203 million and we have paid the contractor N80 million,’’ he said.
Ahmed said that the ongoing rehabilitation of the feeder road was to boost the production and processing of rice and cassava, under the VCDP.
“It is a road that links the farmers to their farms, markets and urban centres,’’ he said.
He said that over 6,000 households and 2,000 people in the communities used the road, particularly on Wednesdays and Saturdays – the market days.
Also speaking, Dr Samuel Negedu, Task Team Leader of the supervision mission, urged the contractor to expedite action on the road project, while working according to specifications.
The contract, which was awarded in April 2016, was expected to be completed in December that year.
The contractor’s inability to complete the project led to the contract’s extension to May 2017, which had also elapsed.
Earlier, Mr Femi Toba, Chief Executive Officer, Bliss-Wood Associates Nig. Ltd, the firm handing the project, said that work on the road had reached 65 per cent completion.
Toba asked for one-month extension to enable his firm to deliver a quality job.
Five local government areas in Niger — Kontagora, Wushishi, Bida, Shiroro and Katcha council areas — are participating in the IFAD programme.
The Federal Government, in collaboration with IFAD, is executing the six-year VCDP in rice and cassava production in Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba states.