The Federal Government has just approved the juicy sum of ₦65.9 billion (Sixty-five billion nine hundred million naira) for the construction of roads across the country.
The funds were assented to at a Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday that was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
FEC approved the fund to help make roads motorable for motorists across the country
Abubakar Aliyu, the Minister of State for Works and Housing, disclosed this to the State House correspondents stated that two memos that were presented to FEC were approved.
The first memo is to seek council’s approval for the award of contract for construction of Jalingo-Kona-Lau-Karim-Lamido road phase II which is about 29km.
The contract at the cost of N6.92 billion inclusive of VAT; this is the phase II of the project; the phase I was completed earlier.
The second memo which was also approved by the council has three projects; one is the dualisation of the outstanding portion of the Odukpani –Itu-Ikot-Ekpene road in Cross River State to Akwa Ibom State in the sum of N50.3 billion with a completion period of 36 months.
This memo is a combination of three projects and they all approved; the total sum of the three is N58.94 billion.
On the second project, you were all aware; in December 2019, there was a report on social media regarding a bridge in Ajaokuta; the bridge was showing an opening at the expansion joint which caused a lot talk around the country.
It was approved but actually work began on that bridge and the total contract sum is N1.5 billion.
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The minister said the Ajaokuta Bridge which looked like a single unit but, in reality, was divided by expansion joints, ought to be maintained from time to time.
The ₦65.9 billion approval is hoped to help ease the national outcry for roads maintenance
He said the bridge was being worked on, even before the outcry on social media. Aliyu revealed that the bridge was now safe for users and a statement was issued to that effect.
The minister stated,
There was no problem; it was the time to maintain the expansion joints and it was a specialist work which we deployed the contractors and they are already working there.
He mentioned the third project, which was the reconstruction of the Iseyin/Okeho road and two other bridges located in Oyo State. The project, according to him, was approved for ₦6.87 billion and carries an 18-month completion period.