BY peter duru
MAKURDI—Benue State government has approved the award of a N21.6 billion contract for the construction of 21 township roads under the Phase II of construction and rehabilitation of urban roads in the state.
The contract, which would be executed by Hajaig Construction Limited, would entail the rehabilitation of dilapidated roads in the North Bank Area of the town.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the State Executive Council meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Culture, Dr. Diana Ochoga, explained that the emphasis on North Bank Area of the town was to address the deplorable roads in the area.
Ochoga added, “the decision was influenced by the decision of government to give the people of the area a sense of belonging since they were not adequately catered for during the Phase One Rehabilitation exercise”.
She disclosed that the Council approved the financing of the road project from the state’s internally generated revenue through the Union Bank of Nigeria Plc.
According to the Commissioner, the contract terms would entail the state government releasing the sum of N100milion on a monthly basis to the contractor until the contract is completely executed.
She also announced the decision of the Council mandating the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to liaise with the Ministry of Lands and Survey with a view to opening up access roads in newly created layouts in the state.
The State Executive Council also approved the leasing of the Makurdi International Hotel to Kindim Venture Nig. Ltd for a period of 30 years just as the rentage of the Benue State Laison Office in Lagos was terminated on grounds of non payments by occupiers of the edifice.