By: KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) is to partner with Kaduna State Road Agency (KADRA) to ensure it delivers on its supervisory role in the ongoing Urban Renewal Projects of Malam Nasir el-Rufai-led adminstration.
The president of the society, Engr. Babagana Mohammed FNSE made the assertion when led other officials of the Society on a courtesy visit to the Managing Director of KADRA on Friday August 7, 2020.
Engr Babagana Mohammed alsoexpressed satisfaction with the ongoing urban renewal projects.
The NSE president saidel-Rufai’s giant strides towards giving the state a new face lift through his urban renewal projects is a step in the right direction.
He stressed that the urban renewal project is a demonstration of focused leadership that brings dividends of democracy to the people
According to him, engineering profession is about making things better for the improved living conditions of the people and the road projects are part of it.
He added that the Nigerian Society of Engineers is excited by the numbers of engineers who are working for the urban renewal road projects to be successful.
He commended the agency for ensuring that the stardards set are adhered to in the construction of roads in Kaduna State.
Engr Babagana assured Kaduna State of continuous support of the society in order to ensure that the agency headed by one of their own excels.
In his remarks, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of KADRA, Engr, Mohammed Lawal Magaji lauded the support his agency is receiving from Kaduna State Chapter of KADRA since inception.
KADRA according to him, was established with the mandate to construct, upgrade, rehabilitate and maintain roads within the state.
He said as engineers, they can attest to the fact that road infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges of development with the the adverse effects manifesting in Road mishap and lack of accessibility to economic activities.
The KADRA MD/CEO added that this prompted Kaduna State Goverment under the leadership of Mallam Nasir el-Rufai to unequivocally determine to deliver on road infrastructure in the state.
“Kaduna State Goverment has embarked on Urban Renewal Project across the state which shall see to the construction of new roads and upgrade of existing roads under the supervision of KADRA.
“The Kaduna Urban Renewal Projects (Road components) consisits of 26 roads and bridges; now 19 of the roads will be dualized and the rest will be expanded
“The road components will also include the construction of five bridges (Flyover and underpass) at strategic points/locations.
“The progress made on this project is obvious in the metropolis and all this efforts are attributed to Mallam Nasir el-Rufai promises to make Kaduna great again
“Our achievement as an agency is a manifestion of an aggregated knowledge and skills put together by the team of professional engineers supported by the administrators.
“I am proud to say that we have put together a team professional engineers who have made it possible through their dedication to ensure we deliver on our mandate.” He said.
Speaking earlier, Kaduna State Branch Chairman of NSE, Engr Nasiru Dallatu Chawai assured the KADRA boss of support and advice from members of the branch to ensure he delivers on his mandate.