By Ben Agande
Abuja – The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved roads contracts for three states of Delta, Bayelsa and Ondo states to the tune of N30.8bn.
Similarly, the Council which was presided over by President Jonathan also approved the establishment of the first Maritime University to be sited at Okerenkoko, Delta state.
Ministers of Information, Patricia Akwashiki, Interior, Abba Moro, Niger Delta Steve Oru, minister of state for Industry, Trade and Investment who jointly briefed State House correspondents after the meeting said the council also approved a report of the ministerial implementation committee on harmonisation of taxes and levies across the federation.
Speaking on the contracts awarded, the Minister of Niger Delta, Steven Oru said the council ratified contracts which were earlier given anticipatory approvals by Jonathan at the last quarter of 2014.
According to him, his ministry got four projects ratified by FEC: one had to with the construction of Zara,a-Okodia-Iseni road in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The other one has to with the construction of Agadagba-Akotokpo-Isaya-Ovia river and bridge in Irele local government of Ondo State; the construction of Ofagbe Udeze-Ozoro road with a spur from Ovwie to Aba road in Isoko North, Isoko South Local Government areas of Delta State and the construction of Amasoma-Egbedi road in Okolouma Okpokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.”
“The construction of Zarama-Okodia Iseme road in Yenagoa local government in Bayelsa State was awarded in favour of Merssrs Eneko Nigeria Ltd in the sum of N5. 923 billion with a completion period of 18 months; the construction of Agadagba-Akotoko -Iyasa-Ovia road and bridge in Irele local government of Ondo State is in favour of CGC Nigeria Ltd in the sum of N15.628 billion while the construction of Amasoma-Egbedi road in Kolokuma Okpokuma local government of Bayelsa State in favour of mrssrs Dantu construction Nigeria Ltd in the sum of N2.767 billion with a completion period of 18 months.”