The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N100.2bn for some road projects in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as well as Niger Delta region.
It includes funding for contracts for the provision of potable water in some parts of Kwara State, and the completion of Abuja’s Millennium Towers and Cultural Centre .
Supervising Minister of Information, Nurudeen Mohammed, made the disclosure at a joint press briefing with Ministers of FCT, Bala Mohammed, Niger Delta Affairs, Stephen Oru, and Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe, after the weekly FEC meeting.
The FCT minister told State House correspondents that there was N3.4bn upward review of the contract for the provision of engineering infrastructure at Wuye District which was approved by the FEC.
“This ups the total contract sum from N39.6 billion to N43.12 billion, and will now include additional arterial ring roads and flyover bridge.
“Another contract of N7.17 billion was approved for the FCT administration to construct additional roads along the Inner Northern Expressway (INEX) that serves the Abuja Industrial Park in Karmo District.
”For completion of the Inner Southern Expressway (ISEX), the FEC approved a contract of N43.45billion. This will help decongest vehicular traffic within the city centre and provide an alternative route to the Abuja airport,” Mohammed said.
He added that “the council also approved the award of contract for consultancy services for the construction of Nigeria’s Cultural Centre and Millennium Tower project in Abuja, in favour of Messers Sal Consults, for the sum of N383.14 million.
“The consultants are to review the designs, monitor the project and offer full quantity surveying services.
”Yet another contract was awarded for the provision of access road and engineering infrastructure to Plot 1458 and adjoining plots around Hot FM in Gudu District at the cost of N1.79 billion.
On his part, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Stephen Oru told journalists that N43.86n was approved for upgrading the construction of a 15km Section III: Port Harcourt (Eleme Junction) to Onne Port Junction Road in Rivers State.
“The sum is high because that particular section of the road will be ‘macadamised’, that is strengthened and reinforced with tar and concrete, taking into consideration the peculiar terrain of the region,” Oru said.
Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe, said her ministry got approval “for revising the contract sum for provision of potable water supply in some parts of Kwara state,from N903.6mn to N1.02 bn. That means additional N117.48mn to the contract sum.”