FEC Approves N58.43bn For Roads, Agric Projects

The Federal Executive Council, on Wednesday, approved contracts worth N58.427bn for roads and agricultural emergency intervention projects.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and his counterpart in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouk, disclosed this to State House correspondents shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa.

Fashola said, “The ministry of works and housing submitted two memoranda. The first was for the termination and re-award of the 49 kilometres section of Abaji to Kotokanfi, which is part of the Abuja-Lokoja highway. It was awarded in favour of Messers Galt for N56.175bn. Hopefully, this should facilitate the completion of that critical highway, which started in 2006.

“The second memo was to revise the contract some of the Afo-Apoto-Oyo boundary roads in Kwara. The revision was by N251,530,000, which revised the contract sum from N3,060,000,000 to N3,311,000,000. To enable the contractor to make provision for drains to replace unsuitable material and reconstruct damaged shoulders of the road and accommodate some price variation. The memo was also approved.”

The minister also appealed to commuters using the Abuja-Keffi expressway, which had recently suffered constant traffic gridlock, to bear with the Federal Government, noting that the ongoing expansion would alleviate their suffering.

Noting that over 20,000 vehicles ply the road daily, Fashola said if it were possible, the road would have been shut to enable speedy completion.

Fashola said, “On Abuja-Keffi Road, the reason we’re there in the very first place to build the route is that it has become insufficient to manage the large traffic of commuters. And we understand the inconvenience that commuters feel trying to use that road.

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