The Kano State government has earmarked N9 billion for the building of a three-level interchange to be named after President Muhammadu Buhari.
The interchange comprises a flyover, bridge and an underpass will be the first of it’s kind in Africa according to the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
Governor Ganduje disclosed this while addressing State House correspondents after he presented the proto-type of the road project to President Muhammadu Buhari during a closed door meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday March 22, 2021.
According to him, the project when completed will ease traffic congestion in Kano metropolis.
He said: “I commissioned a group of engineers who visited all the world capitals, the most important one, and came up with a design.
So this design is one of the world’s most interesting designs, interchange design in Kano State now, when completed.
So, it’s not an issue of Nigeria or issue of Africa, I beat my chest to tell you that it’s a blend of interchanges from different parts of the world, in order to ease traffic.”
“Kano is a mega city, because of security situation many people are coming into Kano now, traffic is increasing, buildings are increasing because people from the Northeast, people from even Northwest are coming to settle in Kano, so the volume of traffic is increasing.
We revised the master plan of Kano state and all those areas where we have holdups we either build underpass or we build a bridge, and now we have resorted to putting the three together in one place; that is flyover, bridge and underpass, all at one point so that there will not be any traffic jam.”
However, a search in the internet shows that there is a multi – level partially commissioned Pokuase interchange in Accra, Ghana funded by the African Development Fund also touted as the first of it’s kind in West Africa. There is also the multilevel Kwamashu interchange in South Africa.