Bauchi State branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), has justified the sum of N10.3 billion cost of the contract for the 11km dual carriageway in Ningi, recently awarded by the State Government stating that there is no iota of inflation.
Chairman of the Bauchi branch of NSE, Dr. Muhammad Hadi Ibrahim while addressing Journalists at the NUJ Press Center on Monday, said that all those talking against the cost of the project have misconceptions about the project.
Flanked by other members of the executive, he said, “We also want to address recent insinuations circulating in some quarters regarding the Ningi-Gudduba 11Km dual carriageway road project recently awarded by the Bauchi State Government at the cost of N10.3 billion naira.”
Ibrahim added “It is important to provide clarity and counter any misconceptions that may have arisen regarding the perceived over-inflation of the project cost. The insinuation that the project was awarded at the sum of N1 Billion per kilometer is highly erroneous and misleading because the road is not a single-lane road but a dual carriage one.
“It is essential to understand that infrastructure projects, especially road construction, involve various factors that contribute to the overall cost. The cost estimation for such projects considers not only the length of the road but also the terrain, soil conditions, drainage requirements, environmental considerations, and the need for quality materials.
“Therefore, any attempt to oversimplify the cost based solely on the length of the road may not capture the full picture,” he added.