FEC approves N115bn for roads Imo, Adamawa, others

By Chesa Chesa

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved more than N115.5 billion for road projects in some parts of the country, including Imo, Adamawa, Taraba States.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola disclosed this to journalists, while briefing them on decisions reached at Wednesday’s virtual cabinet meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said: “The Ministry of Works presented two memoranda for consideration and award of three roads, all of which Council graciously approved.

“They are the award of the Jebi-Lamba-Bele Road in Adamawa State for N26.829 billion. The Achingali-Udobi-Udona-Umuwana-Ubakala Road, including the bridge, across the Imo River in Imo State, for the sum of N11.540 billion.

“The Jarmai-Bashar-Zuruk-Karim Lamido Road, linking Plateau and Taraba States, in the sum of N77.279 billion.”

Fashola explained the projects were consistent with the ministerial responsibilities his ministry was mandated to execute under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and the commitment to improving road transport infrastructure across Nigeria.

“For example, the road that links Plateau and Taraba States, when completed along with the Ibi Bridge, will reduce the journey time from Abuja to Jalingo in Taraba from about 12 hours to about eight hours.

“It will be a significant reduction in journey time and also the other roads will be equally beneficial in bringing down cost of goods, cost of transportation and cost of doing business,” he said.

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