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FG allots N38.4b for roads in Anambra, Imo, others

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FEDERAL Government has approved about N38.4 billion for the completion of some road projects that were inherited from previous administrations in five states across the country.

  The benefitting states are Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Imo, and Nasarawa.

  The approval was made during the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday.

  Briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola said the approval was made relative to cost revision.

  “They are not new projects, they are projects that we inherited and we are trying to complete. So essentially they relate to cost revision because of the ages of the contracts and the prices of goods that have changed. So, the first one was the contract for a 13.5-kilometre spur of the road from Onitsha-Owerri Road through Okija-Ihembosi-Ukpor-Ezinifite in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

That contract was awarded in 2011 but was not funded until this administration came in so the contractor is asking us to revise the contract by a review of N488, 980, 891 and an additional completion period of six months and the council approved that review of price and the extended completion period.

The second one is a 20-kilometre dualisation of Yenagoa Road Junction to Kolo and Otuoke and Bayelsa Palm in Bayelsa State. That contract was awarded in December 2014 on the eve of the tenure of the last administration and it could not even take off because of militancy issues at the time and also very limited budget provisions,” he said.

  Also speaking, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu said FEC also approved N10.7 million as augmentation for completion of Middle Rima Valley Irrigation Project in Sokoto State.

  Adamu said out of federal government’s target of completing 116 inherited projects, 34 have so far been completed.

  President Buhari also swore three National Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) into office.

  They include Baba Bila representing North-East zone, Prof. Sani Adam, representing North-Central and Prof. Abdullahi Abdu, representing North-West.

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