Abuja Kano Road Project Reports

Project Name:

  • Abuja – Kaduna – Zaria – Kano Road (“AKR”)

Project Sector:

  • Motorways

Project Funding / Sponsors:

  • Federal Republic of Nigeria, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Third Party Capital, Recovered Funds

Project Location (Region or State):

  • FCT, Niger, Kaduna, Kano

Project Description:

  • The AKR is a very important carriageway that connects other parts of Nigeria to the North, and it cuts through FCT, Niger, Kaduna, and Kano States. The carriageway is 375.9km long with 3 sections.
  • Section I is 165.5km long and cuts across Abuja to Kaduna.
  • Section II is 73.4km long and cuts across Kaduna to Zaria.
  • Section III is 137km long and cuts across Zaria to Kano.
  • The AKR project initially involved the rehabilitation of 92.5km (25%) across the three sections of the 375.9km dual carriageway which has been completed.
  • On June 18, 2020, Mr. President directed that the scope of the AKR project be changed to the full reconstruction of the entire stretch of 375.9km.
  • The project has attained an overall completion of 31% across the 3 sections as at the first quarter (Q1) of 2022.
  • Works currently ongoing across the 3 sections include earthworks, milling/ripping of existing pavement, soil stabilization, installation of culverts, laying of asphalt etc.

Project Cost / Size:

  • 797.2bn

Commencement Date / Closure Date / Completion Date

  • The initial contract for the rehabilitation of 92.5km along the AKR was awarded on 25th April 2018 and was completed in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2021.
  • The revised contract for full reconstruction of the AKR was awarded to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc on 20th October 2021. The estimated completion date is first quarter (Q1) of 2024.

Benefits / Impact (Social, Economic & Others):

  • The project is expected to boost economic activity and spur an increase in investments, agriculture, and trade due to the improved and quicker access to markets, as well as improve health and safety along the route. The project has the potential to yield between 93,000 to 210,000 direct and indirect jobs


  • Office of the Chief of Staff to the President
  • Federal Ministry of Works and Housing
  • Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning