FG okays N67bn for Ajaokuta bridge, Ikot Ekpene road repairs

By Chesa Chesa

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved contracts for road projects across the country with a total value of N67 billion.

Minister of State for Works, Abubakar Aliyu disclosed this to State House correspondents in Abuja at the end of the week’s FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa on Wednesday.

The contracts include the dualisation of outstanding portion of Odupkani-Itu-Ikot Ekpene road across Cross River and Akwa Ibom States for N50.55bn; some roads and bridges in Karin Lamido and Jalingo, Taraba State for N6.9bn; and rehabilitation of expansion joints on the Ajaokuta Bridge at a cost of N1.5bn; while N6.8 bn will be spent on the construction of new bridges in Oyo State.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, also announced FEC’s approval of a contract worth N6.34 billion for the procurement of text books for Primary 1-3 pupils across the country. He said there was additional approval for the perimeter fencing of the main campus of the University of Maiduguri in Borno State in 24 weeks at a cost of N1.39bn.

Also approved was the security equipment to further boost the fencing works and security around the campus perimeter to be pro- cured at a cost of N1.88bn.

Similarly, the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mrs. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, announced approval for 5,000 affordable housing units in Abuja, for which 30,000 hectares of land is to be secured in each of the six Area Councils of the FCT.

Additional 30,000 hectares of land is also to be sourced for staff housing scheme in Karshi, a suburb of the FCT.

According to her, the FCT Administration will also relocate some indigenes of Abuja to Wasa District, where urgent and massive development of about 700 housing units will be constructed.

On his part, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio, presented a score card of his 100 days in office, to the FEC and highlighted the major achievements recorded so far

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