The Federal Executive Council, FEC, Wednesday approved a total sum of N59.35 billion for roads and aviation projects.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola said he presented a memorandum from the ministry for two contracts worth N50.858 billion which was approved.
According to him, a road project in Kano State, worth N12.157 billion and another one linking Kaduna and Plateau states, worth N38.701 billion, were approved by the council.
He said, “The Ministry of Works and Housing presented one memorandum for the award of contract for the construction of two roads; the Yakassai-Badume-Damargu-Makinzali Road in Kano, in favour of CCECC for N12.157 billion and the rehabilitation of the Kaduna-Panbegua-Jos Road, linking Kaduna and Plateau states, in favour of Setraco Nigeria Limited, for N38.701 billion and the proposals were approved by the Federal Executive Council.”
Also briefing, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mallam Mohammed Bello, said FEC approved two road contract augmentation for his ministry.
He said, “As part of opening up rural areas in the FCT, predominantly agricultural area, the Federal Executive Council has approved the revised estimated total cost/augmentation of the contract for the construction of Yaba-Kpahe Road, in Kwali/Abaji area council in the Federal Capital Territory.
“As you know, that is an area that is by River Gurara, which is a very important water body crossing the FCT. It is a very important agricultural area and this particular project, we hope when completed is going to enhanced the economic development of that area, food security in the FCT and bring about security and peace.
“The contract was awarded to Messrs COAN (W.A) Ltd at the sum of N431,640,286 at the completion period of 12 months. The contract sum increased from N914,189,200 to N1,345,829,486.
“Council also approved the revised estimated total cost/augmentation and change in scope of the contract for the construction of one service carriageway of inner northern expressway from Ring Road III to Rind Road IV – Abuja industrial Park. It is supposed to link the road to the rest of the road systems in the territory.
“It is a very important project which we will try as much as possible to fund so that we can see completion within 24 months. The contract is awarded to Messrs Salini Nigeria Ltd at the cost of N7,302,585,139. The contract sum increased from N7,179,322,294 to N14,481,907,414.”
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, briefed on behalf of the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, on the expansion work at the Maiduguri airport.
He said approval was granted for the contracts for the expansion of the Maiduguri Airport’s apron and another one for the insurance of 22 airport facilities across the country.