The governor of Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara in north-western Nigeria has launched a 128km road project, estimated to cost NGN15.4bn ($96m).

The road will begin at the agricultural-producing areas of Magami-Dangulbi-Dankurmi, run through Sabon Birni in the Dansadau Emirate and gold mining village Bagega, and end at Anka, the headquarters of Anka Local Government Area in Zamfara state.

The project, which is expected to boost connectivity between key agricultural areas and Anka, is scheduled to be completed in the next three years.

Bronny Prono has been awarded the contract for the project.

During the inaugural ceremony at Magami village in Maru Local Government Area of the state, Yari announced that the government would urge the construction firm to finish the project before the schedule.

The government has released funds of NGN6.1bn ($29m) and will make more available to enable Bronny Prono to achieve this in time.

"Bronny Prono has been awarded the contract for the project."

Yari also added that major road projects worth NGN40bn ($194m), which were launched by the government with the aim of throwing open opportunities for development in the state and boosting connectivity, would be completed by 2015.

In order to complete all projects on time, the Yari administration has cleared outstanding mobilisation fees of 30% to 40% to the firms involved in the construction of several projects across Zamfara.

Earlier in November, the Zamfara administration warned the contractor handling the rehabilitation work on the Gummi-Gyalange-Bardoki-Gayari road to complete the work in the next three months.

This project, awarded at a cost of NGN2.8bn ($13m), is expected to boost trade and economy in these areas.