The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the award of contracts for various projects in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), flood control in the six geopolitical zones as well as for the Department of Transportation with a combined value of d around N75.78 billion. .
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, joined by his counterparts from FCT and Transport, Mohammed Bello and Rotimi Amaechi, respectively, revealed it while briefing correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
The FCT holds the largest share of contracts approved for award, with its two projects costing a total of around N56.2 billion.
According to the FCT Minister who spoke on the matter, the approvals are for the construction of the Kuje 105 highway, access road and Abuja Light Rail station car park.
He explained, “The Board has approved two contracts for the FCT, including the comprehensive development of Federal Capital Territory Highway 105, Kuje Road, Airport Expressway to Kuje Junction Stage 1, Abuja at a cost of N54,946,009,160.04.
“It was awarded to Messrs. Arab Contractors OA O Nigeria Limited with an execution period of 48 months.
“The second contract is for the construction of Access Road and Car Park for Abuja Tram Stations – Federal Capital Abuja Gbazango Station – Lot 7 at a cost of N1,291,568,845.33.
“It has been awarded in favor of Messrs. CBC Global Civil and Building Construction Nigeria Limited with a period of execution of 8 months.”
The FCT Minister also assured that efforts are underway to complete the long Apo-Karshi road whose implementation, according to him, has been unnecessarily delayed due to lack of funding and design error.
He added, “The Apo-Karshi road is a road that should have been completed for some time. It faced many challenges, some of which include funding, a design error, and a few other issues.
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“I know that just before taking my break (Covid), a team from the relevant departments interfaced with them and they are very clear. I will try as much as possible to finish this project at the level of my office by ensuring that the funding is adequately provided.
The Minister of Information, for his part, gave a breakdown of the 14 projects approved for allocation under the Ecological Fund covering the six geopolitical zones of the country.
He explained that two memoranda had been submitted on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, including one seeking approval for the award of contracts for the 2022 emergency supply of the Accelerated Erosion Response Projects. soil, flooding and pollution control in the first and second quarters.
The 14 green project contracts were approved at an award with a total cost of about N15.1 billion.
Mohammed explained, “You note that these projects are spread over the six geopolitical zones. Two to the South-East, two to the South-West, two to the South-South; North East has two, North West has three, North Central and FCT has three.
“What I want to add here is that most of these projects once completed, they are handed over to the beneficiary committees. But the intervention of the Ecological Office is massive, colossal and if we can achieve 261 in six years, all that gives is an average of about 40 or more each year.
“The other note is of equal importance, on behalf of Mr. President. It is the note seeking approval for the award of the contract for the supply of various agricultural inputs and equipment for the national youth program farmers.
“As you know, we have the National Young Farmers Scheme under the National Farmland Development Authority. Here, four contracts were awarded for the total sum of N1 billion, N393 million with different competition periods.
Mohammed pointed out that the current administration has intervened in 291 projects of which 263 have been completed and handed over to beneficiary communities and institutions while a total of 28 are at various stages of completion.
In his address, Amaechi said he presented four memos on behalf of his ministry, all of which were approved by the FEC.
He said that the FEC has approved the memo for the clearance of Deep Blue project equipment, “which will allow us to see some of these projects in coastal cities along the coasts”, at a price of 2.7 billion. naira to be paid at mine clearance. officers.
The Minister of Transport said that the FEC has also approved a contract for the reconstruction of the narrow gauge track from Niger to Baro.
“So there will now be a rail line from Baro to Minna to join the narrow gauge so that when cargo arrives at Baro it can then be evacuated through the narrow gauge,” he said.