The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a total sum of N20,366,454,990 billion for various projects across the country through four federal ministries.
This was disclosed to State House Correspondents by Ministers in charge of the affected ministries at the end of the FEC, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fasola; Minister for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello; Minister for Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu and the Minister for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, said their various memoranda presented before (FEC) were approved.
Bello said he presented two memos for road construction; road linking Yaba to Gurdi Road in Abaji area council and the third phase of the construction of roads within the city of Abaji, both of which aggregated to about N6.7 billion.
According to him: “The first is for the award for the construction of the road linking Yaba to Gurdi Road in Abaji area council, at the amount of N4,648,255,381.42, with a completion period of 20 months.
“The second contract is for the third phase of the construction of roads within the city of Abaji, which is in the southern tip of the FCT. This is about 8.4 kilometres and it’s intended to complete and compliment the other roads that were already there and this contract has been approved for the sum of N2,128,176,102.50, with the completion period of six months”
Sirika said the project approved for his ministry was for works on the taxiway at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, which he said would gulp about N2.3 billion.
The Ministry of Water Resources got a memo for rehabilitation and reconstruction of Lankang Irrigation Project in Plateau State passed for a sum above N634.2 million.
According to Adamu, the ministry was working to increase the nation’s irrigation capacity from 130,000 to 500,000 under a scheme meant to run from 2016 to 2030.
Fasola said his ministry presented two memos costing above N10.6 billion for project cost revision before the (FEC), both of which were approved.
“Today what we had were two memoranda for revision of project cost and all of this is in aid of completion of the projects involved. The first project is the Koton-Karfe-Lokoja section of Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja Highway. That cost was revised upwards by N3.076 billion.
“The second road is the Cham-Numan section of the Gombe-Yola Highway. The revision of the cost is by N7.607 billion. This is to cover the cost of replacing about 11kilometres of what we call black cotton soil,” he said.