FG Approves Contract For N430bn Road Projects

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday approved N430bn for 17 road projects across 14 states.

Briefing State House correspondents after the weekly council meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, the Supervising Minister of Information, Nurudeen Mohammed listed states to benefit from the projects as Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Nassarawa, Abia, Niger, Kogi, Cross River, Lagos and Kaduna.

According to him, the projects would be a major push in consolidating and implementing the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan in the road sector, stressing that it would have salutary effect on the economic and social life of Nigerians across the affected states.

He noted that the road projects would also generate employment for Nigerian engineers, technicians, artisans and unskilled labour.

Upon completion, the projects would improve the socio-economic activities within the affected communities, the minister added.

Speaking further on the projects, Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen said there are budgetary provisions of N11bn in the ministry’s 2014 appropriation and N10bn from SURE-P for the projects, while the balance would be provided for in subsequent budgets.

Speaking further, Onolememen explained that the Bodo-Bonny road in Rivers State with three major bridges across Afa Creek, Opobo Channel and Nanabie Creek, would ensure that Bonny Island was finally linked with a road access for the first time.

He said this would open the Treasure Island to more Nigerians and reduce the high cost of living in one of the hitherto most expensive industrial towns in Africa.

The minister noted that the new Ikom Bridge would help to open up the Calabar Port for business to the people of the north-central and northeastern zones of the country as the old steeltrussed bridge has height restriction that does not permit haulage vehicles to go through.

He noted that the Agae-Katchia-Baro road in Niger State would help to link Baro Inland Port to the FCT, thus promoting inter-modal transportation in Nigeria, as envisioned in the National Infrastructure Master Plan.

According to him, the novel use of rigid pavement design, also known as concrete road on this alignment and on the Ikorodu-Sagamu road, linking the NNPC Depot at Mosimi, would mark a new dawn in road construction, as the construction materials would be 100 per cent locally sourced, with improved longevity and reduced life cycle costs.

The road projects would also cover the reconstruction and dualisation of Aba-Port Harcourt and Enugu- Lokpanta sections of the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway and the rehabilitation of Damaturu-Biu road, and Gombe-Kaltungo section of the Gombe- Numan-Yola road.

Onolememen said that work on the expansion of the Abuja-Keffi road would soon receive attention as the Minister of Finance within the next ten days would be leading a delegation to China to finalise the EXIM bank loan for the project.

He noted that despite the falling global oil price, the country was not broke and would continue to fund its infrastructural projects in order to boost the economy.

Also at the briefing, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Bala Mohamed disclosed that FEC approved the award of contracts for the engagement of consultants for post contract supervision of engineering infrastructure to some satellite towns in Abuja.

According to him, there is provision of N60m in the 2014 Appropriation of the Satellite Towns Development Agency, STDA, for consultancy services while the balance would be provided in the 2015 and 2016 budgets respectively.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Steve Oru disclosed at the briefing that FEC approved the variation cost on the contract for the construction of Gbaregolor-Ogriagbene Road in Delta State in the sum of N1,2bn.

Consequently, the contract sum was increased from the initial N7.3bn to the revised total cost of N8,5bn in favour of Messrs Setraco Nigeria Limited with a completion period of six months

He also said that the council approved contract for the engineering supervision of the construction of East-West, Section V (Oron-Calabar) Phase 1 in Akwa Ibom/ Cross River states.

Oru explained that there is a budgetary provision of N1.4bn in the 2014 Appropriation Act with the sum of $500m being expected from China EXIM bank for the project.

The contract was awarded in favour of Messrs Siraj (Nigeria) Limited in the sum of N661m with a completion period of 60 months.



Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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