Thursday, April 18, 2024

Road Construction: Executive Council Okays N1.267Tn

The Nigerian government has approved the sum of N1.267 trillion for the construction of 28 roads and bridges across the country.

The Minister of Works, Dave Umahi made this disclosure while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Abuja.

Umahi revealed that apart from the 28 projects, FEC agreed that N144 billion be spent on Shaki-Okerete Road in Oyo State and  N 83. 779 billion on the Buruku BrIdge in Katsina And Benue State.

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One project —the 158 billion  Biu- Kanga-Kana- Gaya road to the Niger Republic border- was stepped down by the council based on the minister’s request.

He said, “Today(yesterday)  the Federal Executive Council considered and approved a total of 28 roads and bridges and stepped down one project. The project I requested that should be stepped down so that I can look at it again is the Biu, Kanga, Kana, Gaya to the border of Niger Republic costing about N158 billion.

“The other projects totalling 1.26 7 trillion, they were all approved by FEC having gone through the BPP(Bureau for Public Procurement)  and we got the certification, no objection.

“Council also approved the Buruku bridge that is going across Katsina Ala River in Benue state, the bridge is a twin bridge that marches the dualised road there, and each of the bridge is about 850 meters. So put the two together is 1.7 kilometres and costs about N83.799 billion.

“There was also approval by FEC  for a road- Shaki and Okerete- in Oyo. The road is 91.432 kilometres costing N144 billion.”

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