Cabinet approves N19 billion for roads

Timothy Choji, Abuja


The Federal Executive Council has approved over N19 billion for roads in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, Oyo and Kano States.

“The second memorandum we presented was for the award of three roads in Igboho-Oloko-Agbonle in Oyo State and Gulu to Yaba town between the Federal Capital Territory and Niger State as well as Sharada to Maidobi and Danbaure in Kano State.

“Council approved these roads for N7.249 billion for the first one in Oyo, N7.593 for the second one in Niger/FCT and N4.510 for the third one in Kano,” the Minister explained.

He further disclosed that the Council also approved of N523 million for the completion of Efalaye-Erimo-Iwaraja road linking Ekiti and Osun states.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola disclosed this while Briefing State House Correspondents on this week’s cabinet meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said: “The Ministry of Works presented two memos and the first memoranda was to approve the change of rates with respect to the Efalaye-Erimo-Iwaraja road linking Ekiti and Osun states.

 “That road was awarded since 2009 and the contractor has achieved about 85 percent of the work so we are trying to complete that road, it had been slowed down by previous years of insufficient budget and during that period the price at which it was awarded and today’s material prices have altered significantly so he is asking for a review of N523, 826, 000, which has been approved.”

According to Fashola, the Ministry of Works also intimated the cabinet on the number of roads done so far across all States of the federation, saying 524 roads are currently ongoing. He said 43 internal roads are been constructed in campuses of the nation’s universities, out of which 10 have been completed.