The Federal Executive Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Transportation has approved contract awards for several projects in the Federal Capital Territory, flood control in the six geo-political zones worth of about N75.78bn.
Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, alongside his FCT and Transportation counterparts, Mohammed Bello and Rotimi Amaechi, respectively, revealed this to State House Correspondents after the Council meeting chaired over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Of all three, the FCT claimed the largest share of the contracts approved with its projects costing a total of about N56.23 bn.
According to the FCT minister, the approvals are for the creation of Kuje 105 highway, access road and car park for Abuja light rail station.
He explained, “Council approved two contracts for the FCT including for the Full Scope Development of Federal Capital Territory Highway 105, Kuje Road, from Airport Expressway to Kuje Junction Stage 1, Abuja at the cost of N54,946,009,160.04.
“It was awarded to Messrs Arab Contractors O. A. O Nigeria Limited with a completion period 48 months. The second contract award is for the construction of Access Road and Car Park for Abuja Light Rail Stations – Gbazango Station of the Federal Capital City, Abuja – Lot 7 at the cost of N1,291,568,845.33.
“It was awarded in favour of Messrs CBC Global Civil and Building Construction Nigeria Limited with a completion period of 8 months.”
Bello also affirmed that efforts are underway to complete the longstanding Apo-Karshi road whose implementation he said had been unnecessarily delayed because of lack of funding and design error.
“I do know that just before I took my (Covid) break, a team from the relevant departments interfaced with them and they were very clear. I will try as much as possible to get this project over with at the level of my office by making sure that funding is adequately provided.”
On his part, the Minister of Information, Mohammed, enumerated the 14 projects approved for the award under the Ecological Fund spanning the six geo-political zones.
He explained that two memos were presented on behalf of the President Muhammadu Buhari, including the one that sought approval for the award of contracts for the 2022 emergency procurement of first and second quarters accelerated soil erosion, flood and pollution control intervention projects.
The 14 ecological project contracts were approved for award at the total cost of about N15.1bn