Abuja – The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved contract for the reconstruction of phase lll of the Benin-Ofosu-Ore-Ajebandele-Shagamu expressway.
Minister of Works Mike Onolememen disclosed this after the FEC meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House.
Onolememen said the contract was awarded in favour of Messrs RCC Nigeria Ltd, for N65.2 billion, with completion period of 36 months.
He said the phase was in dire need of reconstruction and that the reconstruction of phases one and two earlier awarded were nearing completion and would be handed over soon.
The minister said government was committed to the completion of the project in order to improve the socio-economic activities of the area as well as reduce vehicle operating costs, travel time and accidents on the road.
He refuted media report that the government had cancelled the concession with Bi-Courtney Plc on the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“That report is news to me. It is a rumour making the rounds. I am oblivious of that information.
“What I can say is that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Work is determined to ensure full rehabilitation of the road.
“It is a task that we must deliver. We are engaging the concessionaires and the engagement is still on.’’
Onolememen gave assurance that as soon as the rains were over, the jobs would be done.
“We are committed to doing that. Once the final action plans are raised, we will let Nigerians know.’’
The council also approved N13 billion contracts for infrastructure development in the FCT.
The Minister of State for FCT, Mrs Olajumoke Akinjide, said FEC approved N10.9 billion contract for the construction of the Southern Parkway in the territory.
She said that N2.84 billion contract was also approved for the provision of infrastructure at Apo Estate layout in the territory.
Akinjide explained that the Southern Parkway project was part of the efforts to reduce the heavy traffic being experienced in the city.
Akinjide said government was concerned about the poor infrastructure in the satellite towns around the FCT and that decisive steps were being taken to address the shortage,
She said the development of the satellite towns would come under the national priority project in order to address the challenges of fund allocation.
The Minister also said that the FCT administration would improve on revenue generation and channel accruals to the development of the satellite towns.
Also speaking, Minister of Information Labaran Maku said FEC ratified the President’s anticipatory approval for the Sagbama erosion control rehabilitation works in Bayelsa State.
He said the N1.501 billion contract was awarded in favour of Messrs Nigerian Westminister Dredging and Marine limited, with completion period of 12 months.
Maku said that when completed the project would generate employment as well as impact positively on the informal sector of the economy.
He said the council also approved N120.23 billion contract for the purchase of various search and rescue operation items for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Maku said the rampant increase in the spate of disasters in the country had continued to stretch NEMA’s resources in terms of equipment and logistics. (NAN)