FEC approves N87.538bn for road projects in FCT, others
A total of N87.538 billion has been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for road projects in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Benue, Oyo and Nasarawa states.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fasola (SAN), made this known to State House Correspondents after this Wednesday’s FEC meeting held virtually and presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Fashola, who was accompanied by the FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammed Bello, and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the two memoranda he presented to the council were approved.
According to to him, FEC approved a variation of N47.504 billion for the completion of the 52 kilometers-Oyo-Ogbomosho highway which is a part of the Ilorin-Ibadan 145 kilometers highway.
He said that with the development
The minister said the variation had increased the total contract to N105.041 billion.
“We needed to adjust some things in the scope of work, the thickness of the pavement from 500mm to 560mm to also change the asphalt to polymer-modified bitumen and also the shoulders from surface dressing to fully asphalted inside and outside shoulder.
“So, all these required changes in prices of N47.504 billion and this has increased the total contract to N105.041 billion.
“This was the revision that we presented which the council approved.
“This road was awarded in 2010. As I said, sections 1 and 3 were completed. We are trying to complete section 2 which we also inherited,” Fashola said.
Fashola went further to say that the council equally approved a N9.348 billion variation to complete Lokko-Oweto Bridge that links Nasarawa to Benue State.
He said the development had altered the contract price from N51.621 billion to N60.961 billion.
“The second similar project high we are trying complete is the Lokko-Oweto Bridge. That is the bridge across the River Benue that links Nasarawa and Benue states and provides a major time saving detour, about four hours, for people trying to come from south south, Benue, through to Nasarawa to Abuja.
Fashola said, “That project was awarded in 2011 and it was awarded in three different sections – one section, the road to Benue…to Oweto, was awarded to one contractor, we have completed that road. The bridge was awarded to another contractor, the bridge is essentially finished now. It’s open to traffic. And then, Lokko to Nasarawa, 74 kilometers was awarded to another contractor. We are trying to sort out that problem and we will come back to it.
“So, the approval given today was a N9.348 billion variation to complete the bridge component or remaining work on the bridge. If you go there now, it’s already opened to traffic, finishing and …work to link the existing road in the Benue side to the bridge is what we got this variation for.
“So, changes in contract price from N51.621 billion to N60.961 billion. As I said, even though we haven’t finished the road side on the Nasarawa side, the commuters are already using the road because it provides a huge detour going through Lafia, Keffi to come to Nasarawa and to Abuja.”
Speaking also, Bello said that the council also approved a major road project in the FCT to Gilmor Engineering Nigeria Limited, at the sum of N30,686,609,298.68 with a completion period of 32 months.
He said, “Federal Executive Council (FEC), approved the award of contract for the full scope development of Arterial Road N20, from Northern Parkway (N8) Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Way to the Northern Express Way (ONEX)/Metals Mohammed Way-North with the Federal Capital City, Abuja.
“The contract is awarded to Messrs Gilmor Engineering Nig. Ltd, at the same of N30,686,609,298.68 with a completion period of 32 months.”