Cabinet approves ₦14bn for erosion control

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN and SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha during a virtual FEC Meeting held at the Council Chambers State House Abuja.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday, approved various ecological projects worth N14 billion across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

Addressing State House Correspondents, at the end of this week’s cabinet meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the works were under the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Presenting the report on behalf of the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Information Minister said 11 ecological projects across the six geopolitical zones of the country were approved.

He said: “In the memo presented, on behalf of the President, by the Secretary to the Government, we sought approval for the award of contract for emergency procurement of the third and fourth quarters 2019, soil erosion, flood control, acceleration intervention projects in favour of 11 contractors, with the total sum of N14,907,754,845.

“The projects, which are 11 in number, are spread across the six geopolitical zones of the federation and I’ll just run through them. The first is a gulley erosion control at Ogige-Uruala-Chikabi-Ajibara in Isikwato Local Government Area of Abia at the sum of N896,959,169.75, with a completion period of six months.

“The second is erosion control and road improvement works at Ezeoke-Nsuelime, Mbaeno Local Government Area of Imo State for the sum of N965,196,290, with the completion period of 11 months.

“Then there’s dredging of Tejuoso-NTA Canal, Railway Stadium via Alaska Estate, Surulere, which has been awarded for N1,892,006,000, with a completion period of 12 months. Then we have the construction of the 3-kilometre trapezoidal drain at Oluomo, Orile-Ifo by Abe-koko, at Odo-eran in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, which is for another N1, 067,051,000.

“The fifth is the shoreline protection and reclamation works for Emadike Phase 2 in Bayelsa State for N4,512,019,137. There’s also the construction of road and drainage networks within Mobupolo area of Maiduguri Metropolis for the sum of N1,474,493,000. Then there’s the flood and directional control works in Gashau and Nguru Local Government Area Phase 2 in Yobe State for the sum of N1,169,900,074.

“The eighth is the Yan’warin-Daji erosion control works in Safe Local Government Area of Zamfara State for the sum of N701,313,563. Then there’s the flood control and road improvement work at Nassarawa-Egon Local Government Area, Nassarawa State for N931,754,123

“Then there’s a gulley erosion and road improvement work at Federal Capital Territory College of Education, Zuba, FCT, Abuja for the sum of N542,296,835. Finally, there’s the erosion and flood control work at the National Hospital, Central Business Area, Garki, Abuja for the sum of N773,573,000.”

The Minister also announced that the cabinet approved N294, 028, 317 for to appoint consultants for the takeover of ‘Farin-ruwa’ water dam in Nassarawa State.

 

 

Zainab Sa’id

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