By Ben Agande
The Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday approved the award of contracts to the tune of N290.34billion in the various sectors of the nation with the Niger Delta region taking the highest chunk of N98.58 billion in the areas of roads and bridge constructions, power generation as well as land reclamation.
Minister of Information, Labaran Maku who addressed State House correspondents after the weekly meeting of FEC, said the contracts were to ameliorate the challenges faced in the country by road users.
Mr. Labaran Maku, who was flanked by the ministers of Works, Education, Water Resources and Culture Tourism and National Orientation, noted that the contracts were aimed at improving existing infrastructure both in the nine oil producing states of the federation and other parts of the country.
Speaking on the contracts for road construction in the country, Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen said the roads contracts were awarded to take advantage of the onset of the dry season in order to expedite action on their construction and early completion.
He said the roads are located in the North-west, South-south, North-central and South-east zones of the country.
He named some of the roads which contracts were approved by council to include the completion of the 24 kilometre Auchi-Ekperi-Uzea, among others, and pedestrian bridge at Auchi Polytechnic’s main gate, at the cost of N8.7billion.
The council also approved the construction of Wudil-Utai-Achika-Darki-Jigawa road in the sum of N4.393billion, while section 11 phase one of the Kontagora-Rijau-Tunga Magajia road for N3.698 billion bringing the total contract sum of the phases one and two of the projects to N16.768 billion.
The rehabilitation of the Funtia-Gusua-Sokoto was approved at the cost of N3.431 million
For the South-east zone, the minister said Council approved the construction of Nnenwe-Uduma-Uburu and Ishiagu-Mile2 road at the cost of N11.603billion
Other contract approved by the Council was the argumentation of the Shagri Irrigation project in Sokoto State by N317.9 million(from N1.165 billion to N1.77billion.
In the area of power generation, council approved the engineering, procurement and construction of the 700MW Zungeru Hydroelectric Power project N162.99 billion to a Chinese company with a completion period of four years.