Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved contracts for roads and aviation projects worth N59.350 billion on Wednesday.
Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing and Lai Mohammed the Minister for Information and Culture and other federal ministers spoke to journalists during a press briefing at the end of the meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mr Fashola said he presented two memoranda seeking approval for the award of contracts worth N50.858 billion. According to him, a road project in Kano State, worth N12.157 billion and another one linking Kaduna and Plateau states,were approved by the council for N38.701 billion.
“The Ministry of Works and Housing presented one memorandum for the award of contract for the construction of two roads; the Yakassai-Badume-Damargu-Makinzali Road in Kano, in favour of CCECC for N12.157 billion and the rehabilitation of the Kaduna-Panbegua-Jos Road, linking Kaduna and Plateau states, in favour of Setraco Nigeria Limited, for N38.701 billion and the proposals were approved by the Federal Executive Council”, he said.
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Mohammed Bello said that the council approved two contracts augmentation for his ministry. He said: “As part of opening up rural areas in the FCT, predominantly agricultural area, the Federal Executive Council has approved the revised estimated total cost/augmentation of the contract for the construction of Yaba-Kpahe Road, in Kwali/Abaji area council in the Federal Capital Territory.
“As you know, that is an area that is by River Gurara, which is a very important water body crossing the FCT. It is a very important agricultural area and this particular project, we hope when completed is going to enhanced the economic development of that area, food security in the FCT and bring about security and peace.
“The contract was awarded to Messrs COAN (W.A) Ltd at the sum of N431,640,286 at the completion period of 12 months. The contract sum increased from N914,189,200 to N1,345,829,486.
“Council also approved the revised estimated total cost/augmentation and change in scope of the contract for the construction of one service carriageway of inner northern expressway from Ring Road III to Rind Road IV–Abuja industrial Park. It is supposed to link the road to the rest of the road systems in the territory.
“It is a very important project which we will try as much as possible to fund so that we can see completion within 24 months.
“The contract is awarded to Messrs Salini Nigeria Ltd at the cost of N7,302,585,139. The contract sum increased from N7,179,322,294 to N14,481,907,414”, he said.
Mohammed, who reported on the presentation made to the FEC by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said council approved contracts totaling N758,173,556.
According to him, the contracts are for the expansion of the Maiduguri Airport’s apron and another one for the insurance of 22 airport facilities across the country.
“On behalf of the Minister of Aviation, who presented two memos, I want to give you highlight of the two memos. The first memo is a contract for the expansion of the apron at the Maiduguri Airport.
“This contract is worth N719,117,868.60. It’s awarded to a company called Luvaslink Projects Limited.
“The expansion of the Maiduguri Airport has become necessary because of the increased traffic at the airport. The apron of an airport is actually that area where aircrafts manouvres are made, where they turn, where they park.
“The second contract is one awarded to Zenith General Insurance Company and 19 other insurance companies to insure assets, such as terminal buildings in 22 airports belonging to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). The contract is in the sum of N390,550,687.45. Both memos were approved by Council today”, he said.
The FEC also granted ratification for the Nigerian Road Safety Strategy II (NRSS II), which is designed to reduce road accidents and make traveling safe across the country.
Clement Agba Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, said that the newly ratified NRSS II is an improvement on the NRSS I, which was operated between 2014 and 2018.