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FG approves N4b for federal secretariat in Anambra, Bayelsa, others

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FEDERAL government has approved a variation of N3.9 billion for completion of federal secretariat projects in Anambra, Bayelsa, Nasarawa, Zamfara and Osun states.

  Federal Executive Council (FEC) made the approval yesterday, in its weekly meeting that was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

  FEC also approved N1.5billion for the rehabilitation of the second phase of the Usuma Dam at Bwari, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

  Federal Ministers of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola and FCT, Muhammed Bello disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents.

  According to Fashola, the secretariat projects were initially awarded in 2011 at the cost of N13.5billion but N3.9billion variation was approved for all the five projects, bringing the total cost of the projects to N17.4billion.

  “What we have is a memo on the public housing side of our ministry. We applied to council to revise the estimates and total cost of files of 16 contracts because the cost of materials had altered significantly since 2011 when these projects started and we want to complete them and these are the federal secretariat projects in Anambra, Bayelsa, Nasarawa, Osun and Zamfara States.

 The variation was for N3.975 billion total for all the five. They are handled by different contractors, but each one wanted a variation and the total sum of variation came to N3.975 billion. We sought council’s approval and the approval was granted so the old contract price of N13,565,621,307 has now been increased to N17,541,456,168. These secretariats are necessary to enable us house federal workers in these states,” he said.

  On his part, Bello stated that FEC approved N1.5billion for the rehabilitation of Lower Usuma Dam Water Treatment, Plant Phase Two.

  According to him, the contract was originally awarded at N1,017,979,566, saying the additional sum of N1,510,206,066 approved by the council, brings the total contract sum to N2,528,187,633.

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  1. OKEKE Charles

    August 20, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Between 2011 and 2020 is 9 years of abandonment/neglect, hope this time the federal secretariat will be completed and the federal presence felt in Anambra state and the remaining states in question.

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