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FEC approves N8.1bn for highway rehabilitation in 10 states

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The Federal Executive Council approved N8.1 billion on Wednesday for the rehabilitation of some highways throughout the country.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made it known when he briefed the correspondents of the House of Representatives at the end of the Council meeting, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Government House in Abuja.

Fashola listed the beneficiary states to include the states of Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Cross River, Nasarawa, Lagos, Ogun, Kogi, Edo, Yobe and Delta, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

He said: “The Ministry of Works and Housing presented a memorandum on behalf of the Federal Highway Maintenance Agency, FERMA. This was for general repairs, emergency repairs and road maintenance and critical intervention on 10 roads in different parts of Nigeria.

“One is the maintenance of the Ikot Ekpene-Itu highway in Cross River state, the repair and maintenance of the Onitsha – Aguleri-Adani highway in Anambra state, the general maintenance of the Nasarawa-Toto-Abaji highway and the restoration of the failed pavement sections in Zuba- Abaji Highway in the FCT.

“Major maintenance repairs along Atan-Agbara on the border of Lagos and Ogun states along the Badagri area, general maintenance of the Okene-Adogo-Ajaokuta-Itobe highway in Kogi, construction of the bridge of Aden between Okada and Ogbogui-Abangbe towards Benin-Shagamu Expressway in Edo state.

“General maintenance repairs of the Potiskum-Fika-Ngalda-Gombe highway in the state of Yobe, general maintenance repairs of the Benin-Asaba-Onitsha highway which is the existing road to the Niger bridge, general maintenance repairs of the Warri-Benin causeway in the Delta state.

“The total sum of these contracts was N8,180,948,137.50 and the council approved this memorandum on behalf of FERMA.”

Energy Minister Sale Mamman, who also briefed correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said that $ 4.7 billion was approved for the nation’s power sector.

He said: “Today the Federal Executive Council approved two memoranda of the Ministry of Power. One is the revised estimated total cost in the infrastructure construction contract at the permanent site of the Nigerian National Energy Training Institute in Abuja. The total cost is N88,046 million.

“The second approval by the council is the extension of the time of the contract for the consulting service in the management and supervision of the construction project in progress in the Zungeru energy project for the sum of 3.5 million dollars and N3.4 billion equivalent to N4.7 billion. “

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