By Kingsley Adegboye
ABUJA—Federal Ministry of Works, weekend, explained that the contract for the dualisation of the Abuja-Lokoja Road was reviewed upwards to prevent it from being abandoned.
The Senate Committee on SURE-P had in its investigations into the use of the money accruing to the programme, questioned the award of the project and the subsequent upward review of the cost from N42 billion to N116 billion.
However, in a statement entitled Issues on the Augmentation of Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja Road Contract, the Director of Highways, (Planning and Development) in the Ministry, Bala Danshehu, said the review became necessary to prevent the road from becoming an abandoned project.
He recalled that the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen had led officials of the ministry to the Senate to defend the use of SURE-P funds by the government.
Danshehu said: “The Minister told the senators that the Federal Executive Council at its meeting of July 5 and September 13, 2006 approved the award of contracts for the dualisation of Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja road in the following manner: Section one of the road from International Airport Link Road Junction in Giri, Gwagwalada to Sheda Village Junction was awarded to Dantata and Sawoe at the cost of N11.2 billion.
“From Sheda village junction to Abaji which is the section two was awarded to Reynolds Construction Company at the cost of N9.6 billion, while the section three; from Abaji to Kotonkarfe was awarded to Bulletine Construction Company at N9.6 billion.
“The section four; from Kotonkarfe to Lokoja was awarded to Gitto at the cost of N11.9 billion. While the section four was for 24 months, the other three sections were for the duration of 30 months.”