The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved N230.2 billion for roads projects and mining data in the country. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Bawa Bwari, made this known when they briefed State House correspondents at the end of Council’s meeting in Abuja. The minister of Information and Culture disclosed that N206 billion of the amount was approved for linking road and associated infrastructures for the 2nd Niger Bridge linking Anambra and Delta states.
“Also approved today is a contract for the link road and associated infrastructures for the 2nd Niger Bridge. The link road is about 11.9 kilometers. The contract was awarded to Julius Berger at N206 billion. The bridge is linking Anambra and Delta states. “If you remember, the contract was awarded by the last administration under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement which failed,’’ he added.
According to him, N11.58 billion was approved for rehabilitation of a road in Enugu State. “Approval for the re-award of the contract for the rehabilitation of Oji-Achi-Maku-Agu-Ndiabi section in Enugu State. “What happened in this road was that the contract was awarded earlier to the company that failed and Setraco has now been re-awarded that section of the road, he added. He said another 92 million dollar was approved for engineering, procurement and construction of the OB3 gas pipeline project.
The minister explained that the project had been awarded but there was need for redesigning it. “The project is important because of delivery of gas from the Eastern part of the country to power turbines and to improve our power supply,’’ he said. According to him, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, also presented three memos which were approved by the Council. He said the memos included ratification of the multilateral competent authority agreement on automatic exchange of financial accounting information and ratification of the Africa 50th Articles of Association.
The Council also gave the approval for the financial transparency policy guidelines. In his contribution, the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Bawa Bwari, said that the Council approved N12,7billion for exploration and consultancy projects in the mining sector. According to him, the projects will help in getting accurate mining data, which will attract local and foreign investments.
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