By Abbas Bamalli
Kano, Nov. 11, 2020 The Kano State Government says N1.5 billion in the 2021 budget presented before the state’s assembly has been earmarked for the rehabilitation of roads across the city.
Alhaji Idris Wada, Managing Director, Kano Road Maintenance Agency (KARMA), made the disclosure to newsmen on Wednesday after he appeared before the assembly to defend the budget on behalf of the organisation.
According to him, the major focus in 2021 is to embark on rehabilitation of major roads in the city, which he said, are presently in bad condition.
He said: “These roads are in bad condition because most of the people dump refuse in drainages and during rainy season, this causes a lot of flooding in some areas.
“When the drainage channels are blocked during heavy rain, the water may not have the right ways to pass, therefore flood to the streets.
“Due to the continued flooding, it causes serious damages to our roads here within the metropolitan areas; therefore, we have to make necessary repairs to make the roads convenient for the users.”
Wada appealed to residents to avoid dumping refuse in drainages so as to prevent the continued flooding and spread of diseases.
“Heavy trailers and trucks also contributed to the dilapidated roads in the city because there are areas we ordered them not to park or pass through.
“But they failed to abide by the order; hence, we collaborated with the Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) to take necessary action against the defaulters,” Wada said.