The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved N80 billion for the reconstruction of 12 federal roads across the country and simultaneously also approved contracts for roads and rail in Abuja metropolis.
Both the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Musa Bello disclosed this at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding.
According to minister Fashola: “The first is the approval for the Engineering and Consultancy design for access roads 1 and 2 to link Asaba in Delta State and Onitsha in Anambra State to the Second Niger Bridge project.
“Subsequent to the award of further works of the Second Niger Bridge we have started work now by this approval on the design of the link road that will connect the two states to the bridge.
“The design is expected to be completed in six months and we will start procurement and as the bridge advances we can then connect the two states. The contract sum is N150,840,000,’’ he said.
He said the other road projects approved across the states included the Numan, Jalingo roads connecting Adamawa and Taraba states and the replacement of bridges at Mayanchi along Gusau-Sokoto road in Zamfara states.
According to the Minister, other roads approved for reconstruction by the council are in Bauchi, Plateau, Osun, Kwara, Oyo, Enugu, Kaduna and Kano.
Fashola disclosed that the council also approved the Power Sector Recovery Programme aimed at improving electricity in the country.
“It’s a programme that comprises many policy actions, operational and financial interventions that needs to be carried out by government to improve transparency, service delivery, performance of DISCOS, Transmissions companies, the entire value change in order to create more viable power sector that is private sector driven.’’
He said the council also approved the extension of the consultancy and project management contract for the Katsina Wind Energy Farm project.
The minister revealed that the extension was necessitated by challenges faced in the course of executing the project that was awarded in 2010 and expected to be completed in 2013.
“The expatriate implementing the project was kidnapped and when he was eventually rescued he never came back and that delayed the project. But we have revived the project; a new contracting team is back on site.
“The contract of the consultants representing us has expired and so we are extending his contract to cover new period of completion,’’ he said.