The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved a total of N87.538 billion for road projects in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Oyo, Benue, and Nasarawa states.
This was disclosed to State House Correspondents after the week’s virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Addressing correspondents after the meeting, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fasola (SAN), accompanied by his FCT counterpart, Malam Mohammed Bello, and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said his ministry presented two memoranda to Council and that both were approved.
He said Council approved a variation of N47.504 billion for the completion of the 52 kilometers-Oyo-Ogbomosho highway which is a part of the Ilorin-Ibadan 145 kilometres highway.
The Minister said the variation had increased the total contract to N105.041 billion.
“We needed to adjust some things in the scope of work, the thickness of the pavement from 500mm to 560mm to also change the asphalt to polymer-modified bitumen and also the shoulders from surface dressing to fully asphalted inside and outside shoulder.
“So, all these required changes in prices of N47.504 billion and this has increased the total contract to N105.041 billion.
“This was the revision that we presented which Council approved. This road was awarded in 2010. As I said, sections 1 and 3 were completed. We are trying to complete section 2 which we also inherited.”
The Minister further disclosed that the Council also approved an N9.348 billion variation to complete Lokko-Oweto Bridge that links Nasarawa to Benue State, adding that the development has changed contract price from N51.621 billion to N60.961 billion.
“The second similar project high we are trying complete is the Lokko-Oweto Bridge. That is the bridge across the River Benue that links Nasarawa and Benue states and provides a major time-saving detour, about four hours, for people trying to come from the south-south, Benue, through to Nasarawa to Abuja.
“That project was awarded in 2011 and it was awarded in three different sections – one section, the road to Benue… to Oweto, was awarded to one contractor, we have completed that road. The bridge was awarded to another contractor, the bridge is essentially finished now. It’s open to traffic. And then, Lokko to Nasarawa, 74 kilometres was awarded to another contractor. We are trying to sort out that problem and we will come back to it.
“So, the approval given today was an N9.348 billion variation to complete the bridge component or remaining work on the bridge. If you go there now, it’s already opened to traffic, finishing and …work to link the existing road in the Benue side to the bridge is what we got this variation for.
“So, changes in contract price from N51.621 billion to N60.961 billion. As I said, even though we haven’t finished the roadside on the Nasarawa side, the commuters are already using the road because it provides a huge detour going through Lafia, Keffi to come to Nasarawa and to Abuja,” Fasola said.
Meanwhile, the Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammed Bello, said the FEC also approved a major road project in the FCT to Gilmor Engineering Nigeria Limited, at the sum of N30,686,609,298.68 with a completion period of 32 months.
According to him, the Council approved the contract award for the full scope development of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Way to the Northern Express Way (Murtala Mohammed Way) popularly known as Kubwa Expressway.
He said the project area is within Phase II of the Federal Capital City (FCC), serving as a boundary road between the adjoining districts of Mabushi, Kado, Katampe, and Jabi.
The Minister said the project would improve access to the above-mentioned districts, improve security, and provide both skilled and unskilled employment.
He added that the road project would further enhance the overall decongestion of traffic in phases I, II, III, IV of the Federal Capital City.
“FEC, approved the award of contract for the full scope development of Arterial Road N20, from Northern Parkway (N8) Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Way to the Northern Express Way (ONEX)/Metals Mohammed Way-North with the Federal Capital City, Abuja.
“The contract is awarded to Messrs Gilmor Engineering Nigeria Limited, at the same of N30,686,609,298.68 with a completion period of 32 months,” he said.