Most of the signature projects of the Buhari administration, including the Lagos-Kano Rail, Mambilla Hydro Plant, Second Niger Bridge, amongst others would be completed during the second term of the administration, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said.
He also said that the Federal Government will continue to implement game-changing infrastructure projects around the country to connect the nation’s economic zones and drive economic development.
Osinbajo stated this in Kano on Monday during a one-day working visit where he commissioned infrastructural projects executed by the Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration
Speaking at an interactive session with leaders and stakeholders at the State Government House, Vice President noted that “one of our signature projects is the Lagos-Kano rail, which has gone now as far as Abeokuta, and we are hoping that we will be able to complete the Lagos-Kano rail in the shortest possible time.
“We expect that the infrastructure projects of the Federal Government, including the Mambilla Hydropower plant, the Second Niger Bridge and several others will be completed in our second term. We hope we are able to complete as many as possible before the end of our term.
“There is no question at all that for President Muhammadu Buhari, infrastructure is key. Infrastructure is key to anything that we intend to do. It is key to resolving most of the pending issues that confront our country, especially the economic issues.
“We need to be able to connect the economic zones of Nigeria. We need to be able to connect the South, the South-South, the South-East, the South-West to the North. All the zones of this country have to be connected in order to realise the economic objectives that we set for ourselves.”
While commending the Kano State government for taking the lead in providing game-changing infrastructural projects and the enabling environment necessary for the economic development of the State, especially in health, education and other sectors, the Vice President assured Governor Ganduje of the Federal Government’s continuous support for states that are complementing national efforts at tackling poverty, providing access to education and health, amongst others.
At the foundation laying ceremony for the Cancer Treatment Centre at the Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Osinbajo commended the state government for taking the lead in aligning to the national cancer control plan of the Federal Government.
In his remark, Governor Ganduje thanked the Vice President for the honour of visiting the State to commission the projects and announced the establishment of the special fund to cater for the needs of indigent patients desirous of treatment at the cancer treatment centre, when completed.
Projects commissioned by the VP in Kano State include the Aminu Dantata flyover of over 2km, at the Murtala Muhammad Way, and the Tijjani Hashim Galadima Kano underpass way, in Kofar Ruwa.
Osinbajo, who also laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Sheikh Qariballah Nasuru Kabara flyover in Shahuci, earlier paid homage to Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II.