Kaduna State Law makers have on Thursday passed the bill for Law to establish the Kaduna State Road Agency (KADRA) into Law. This was made known by the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. John Audu Kwaturu (Kachia Constituency) during its  preliminary sitting ‎at the Lugard Hall.

Hon. John who represented the Speaker, RT.  Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali‎ said the reason behind establishing this bill is to have a body which will undertake the construction and maintenance of roads in the State.

The Agency will also go into contract with successful bidders and perform project management and quality control, it will also establish and operate an information and management system concerning roads.

It will also initiate and take part in studies, scientific research and experiments relating to the efficient management and operations of the state’s road network including studies on traffic and ensure their implementation in the state.

Financial provisions in the agency shall establish and maintain a fund which will consist of monies appropriated for the agency from the consolidated fund of the state by the House of Assembly; any investment or other property acquired by or vested in the agency and other assets that may from time to time be vested in or accrue to the agency in the course of performing its functions under this law.

The agency will ensure that its funds are utilised strictly to defray its operating expenses for the purpose of discharging its functions adding, the rights, interests, obligations, assets and liabilities of the Kaduna State Public Works Agency (KAPWA) before the commencement of this Law under any contract or instrument are hereby vested in the agency.

Speaking with press men shortly  after the sitting‎, Hon. Muktar Isa Hazo, Chairman House Committee on Works and Transport (Basawa Constituency) said the primary objective of the bill is establishing an Agency that would be undertaking minor upgrades maintenance and rehabilitation of roads within Urban and Rural areas of Kaduna State.

The agency if established into law would also take over the road base functions of Kaduna State public works Agency KAPWA and the department of civil engineering of the ministry of works, housing and transport to run the sector as business.

According to him, KAPWA would be incorporated and subsumed in to KADRA, saying that both will be enhanced and more encompassing because it will rehabilitate, upgrade and reconstruct most of the roads in Kaduna.

Hazo said the bill would take functions of rehabilitating refurbished and upgrading road network in the urban and rural parts of the state.

Credit: New Nigerian