Cabinet approves N182bn for roads

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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The Federal Executive Council, FEC has approved contracts for roads across the country, worth over 182 billion Naira.

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu said this while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of this week’s meeting presided over by President Muhamamdu Buhari.

He said the first segment of the approval was for the extension of the Lagos-Badagry express road to Nigeria’s border with Benin Republic, at the cost of N15. 2 billion.

“We have considered and approves some roads to be constructed, one is an existing road, extended from Lagos-Badagry express way, which is on-going, the Council approved an extension to the Nigeria-Benin border, for an additional cost of N15, 297, 762, 234.22, that is form the subsisting contract,”  he said.

The Minister announced that FEC approved contracts worth a total sum of N189 billion for the construction of 14 roads in various parts of the country.

He said: “We also approved the award of contracts for 14 road projects, they include the construction of two bridges at Kontagora-Rijau rod at the cost of N1.12 billion, construction of additional lane on Kano-Katsina road, at the cost of N9.4 billion, construction of Kontagora-Bangi road in Niger state, at the cost of N20.3 billion, with a completion period of 48 months, rehabilitation of outer Marina-Bonny Camp road and Eko bridge, at the sum of N9.2 billion, with a completion period of 12 months.

“Others include rehabilitation of Ibori-Idomi western road in Edo state at the cost of N4.5 billion with a construction period of 12 months, construction of Ilogu-Ireni road in Kwara and Osun states, at the sum of N18.41 billion, construction of Wudil bridge along Kano-Maiduguri road, at the cost of N2.5 billion, rehabilitation of Wukari-Ibi road in Taraba state, at the sum of N12.3 billion.

“As well as the construction of Baro Port road in Niger state at the sum of N10.6 billion, rehabilitation of Ajingi-Kafin Hausa road in Jigawa state at the cost of N25 billion, rehabilitation of Abba-Owerri road at the cost of N6.98 billion, rehabilitation of Kaliyari-Damaturu road in Yobe state at a cost of N16.9 billion, construction of Yaba-Yangoji road in the Federal Capital Territory, N17.3 billion and rehabilitation of two outstanding sections of Nnnewi-Okigwe road in Imo and Anambra states at the sum of N12.7 billion.”

Railway
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi announced that the Council also approved the sum of $56 million for the rehabilitation of Itakpe/Ajaokuta rail line.

“The Council approved the revised estimated total cost for the rehabilitation of Itakpe/Ajaokuta Rail line. The contract was awarded $122 million but we requested for a total of $56 million additional works which were broken down into $38.8 million additional works and 17.2 million variation now bringing the contract of Itakpe to Warri to a total of $178.7 million.

“Then we also requested for Lagos to Ibadan with extension to Lagos port complex in Apapa, we asked for additional works for $374 million with another variation of $282 million which totalled to $656.8 million added to $1.5 billion that the contract was initially awarded to,” Amaechi added.

 

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