- The minister of works, power and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has stated that the federal government has approved the sum of N47bn for three road projects
- The projects include the Baban Lamba-Sharam Road in Plateau state, Lagos- Otta- Abeokuta Road and the Enugu–Port Harcourt Road
- Fashola said the design on the Enugu-Port Harcourt road needed to be changed so it would not fail
The sum of 47 billion naira has been approved for three road projects by the federal government, Leadership reports.
The development was disclosed at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, April 11, by the minister of works, power and housing, Babatunde Fashola.
NAIJ.com gathers that Fasola gave the breakdown of the projects to include Baban Lamba-Sharam Road in Plateau state at the cost of 19.2bn, Lagos- Otta- Abeokuta Road for 22 billion and the Enugu–Port Harcourt Road for 6.309 billion.
He said: “The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing got approval for three memos. One was for Baban Lamba-Sharam Road in Plateau state for the contraction of 44.625 kilometers for N19.392 billion.
“The second was for Lagos-Otta-Abeokuta Road, 81 kilometers. That road was first awarded in year 2000 and it has since been left uncompleted because there was no budgetary provisions for it. This administration in trying to move this contractor to site, stated the revision of the rate.
“So the revised rate were brought to council today and a revision of N22 billion was approved for the 81 kilometers road, bringing the total contract price to N56.701 billion.
“The third approval was for the section four of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Road, the part between Abia and Port Harcourt, particularly in Port Harcourt that has been problematic and has failed severally.
“We have a contractor there but we needed to change the design because of the storm water drainage needs and the high water tables there, so that the road does not fail. So that requires a revision of the scope of work to include retaining side-lanes and also drainage facilities in the sum of N6.309 billion."
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that Babatunde Fashola unveiled plans by the federal government to build a better network of roads and bridges across the country.
Fashola said that the intention was to connect states, drive economy, move fuel, food and the import and export of goods.
He unveiled a plan for the construction of 44 federal highways, 63 roads and an emergency intervention across the country, to give relief to Nigerians, subject to appropriation.
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