The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, May 16, approved 21 million euros for the purchase of two tug boats for towing of maritime vessels, and another N703 million for dredging of the turning base of the Baro river port in Niger state.
Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, announced this while briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Also, the minister of water resources, Malam Suleiman Adamu, announced that FEC approved the construction of an 80 meter, five-span bridge in Karu, Nasarawa state, for N719 million with a completion period of two years.
He said it was a constituency project of the River Basin Authority being that the River Basins had responsibility for rural development across the country. He said the contract was awarded to Messr Biara Concept Nigeria Ltd.
The minister also said that another contract worth N1.36 billion for the construction of a dam and irrigation project in Gwaranda, Bauchi state, to Forest Engineering Nig. Ltd., with a two-year completion period was approved by FEC. He said it was also a constituency project in the area.
Information minister, Lai Mohammed, also said that a memo submitted by the minister of Niger Delta Affairs for the Oron – Calabar section of the East West Road, was approved.
He said that FEC directed the minister, Usani Uguru Usani, to speed up re-negotiations with the contractor for immediate resumption of the construction of the section.
Mohammed also said that the minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, presented a memo for $60 million on behalf of Imo state for the construction of some rural roads to improve linkage between agriculture and industrialization.
He said the idea was to develop the rural roads in order to take advantage of the bumper harvest to reduce poverty and assist in bringing down the cost of food. He explained that the rural roads construction was a World Bank initiative.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday, May 15, said that Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, will be connected to Lagos-Kano rail line just as he signed a $6.68 billion dollars contract agreement for the Ibadan-Kaduna segment with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).
Amaechi said at the signing ceremony in Abuja that Ado-Ekiti would be connected with a single track branch line from Osogbo. He signed the contract on behalf of the federal government, NAN reports.
Rotimi Amaechi gives a summary of the Buhari Administration on NAIJ.com TV.