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FEC okays N120.7b for roads, other projects

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By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N120,717,387,596 for various projects across the states of the federation.

Addressing State House Correspondents after the virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, Ministers Babatunde Fasola (Works and Housing); Rauf Aregbesola (Interior) and Suleiman Adamu (Water Resources) gave details of approvals they obtained during the meeting.

Fasola said the three memoranda, totalling N117,485,081,325, which he presented to the FEC for approval, were passed.

The minister said two others were on various road and bridge projects, while the third was for a banking application software for the Federal Mortgage Bank.

“Council approved N18,923,846,198.47 billion for roads and bridges. First is the rehabilitation of 26 kilometres of Kano-Kazaure-Daura-Mai’adua road in Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states at N8.767 billion as well as Omor-Umulokpa road in Anambra and Enugu states at N1.712 billion.

“The rehabilitation of Oye-Oranto, off Enugu Express, Dunukofia, in Anambra State is at N2.504 billion; Okpokwu Bridge on the Ogoja-Okuku-Aliforkpa-Benue road in Cross River State at N1.057 billion; a bridge at Kilometre 22 +700 meters on the Bida-Zungaru road in Niger at N1.022 billion; Nkwumi Bridge linking Abia and Enugu states at N1.072 billion, and Chalawa-Runku-Sawa-Kayi road in Kombotso, Kano State, at N2.787 billion.

“The other memorandum relating to roads is for N98,73,840,842.81 billion. They are Rijiya-Gusau road in Zamfara State at N1.799 billion; Jega-Kwanar Sanagi-Kebbi-Gunmi road in Kebbi State at N31.539 billion; Koko-Mahuta road in Kebbi State at N19.713 billion; Kukar Babangida-Gangara road in Katsina State at N11.731 billion; Ihiala-Orlu -Umuduru road to Uko at N16.750 billion; Oye Ama Etitte road to Umuawulu road in Anambra State at N2.155 billion and rehabilitation of Bichi road in Kano State at N8.34 billion.

“The third memo was the procurement of a core banking application software for Federal Mortgage Bank at N487.394,285.71 million for Messers FINTAX Software to enable the Federal Mortgage Bank provide all the frontline services that other banks now provide across its branches nationwide.”

Aregbesola said his ministry presented two memoranda to FEC, one of which was the furnishing of the already completed technology building, that is the data and communication command and control centre at N2,100,080,759.65 billion.

The minister also said his ministry got approval to buy 44 operational vehicles to enhance efficiency of its officials, including Comptrollers, Assistant Comptroller Generals, Deputy Comptroller Generals as well as for patrol duties, at the cost of N768,077,08 million.

“Council also approved contract for the furnishing of the technology building, that is the data and communication command and control center, it will also serve as the service Headquarter of Nigeria Immigration Service. The award is favour of Messers Julius Berger Nigeria Plc at approved is N2,100,080,759.65 billion.

“Council approved the procurement of operational vehicles to enhance efficiency in the service for those who have been recently promoted in the Nigeria Immigration Service, Comptrollers, Assistant Comptroller Generals, Deputy Comptroller Generals as well as patrol vehicles. The council approved procurement of 44 operational vehicles at total contract sum of N768,077,08 million. The beneficiaries are: Messrs PAN, Kawra and Wanla Motors Nigeria Limited,” he said.

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