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FEC Approves Multi-billion Projects In Delta, Oyo, Others

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Godswill Akpabio

FEC Approves Multi-billion Projects In Delta, Oyo, Others

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N500 million as variation for the completion of the 18.7 kilometer Bulu-Oriagbene road project in Bomadi Local Council of Delta State.

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at the end of the virtual meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He added that the project had reached 97 per cent completion stage.

“The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs presented two memos today (yesterday) at the meeting and both were approved. One was just augmentation or a variation of the contract for the construction of Bulu-Oriagbene road in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State.

“The road is about 18.7 kilometres and the initial contract price was about N8.5 billion, and with the variation price today, the contract price is now about N9 billion,” Akpabio clarified.

He said the contractors had been given six months to finish the job.

The minister said the gathering also sanctioned a digital platform for all-round monitoring of projects executed by his ministry.

“The second memo I presented was on what we call Strategic Implementation Work Plan (SIWP) for the Niger Delta region. The intension here is to have a web-based monitoring system, an e-portal where all the agencies under us and development partners as well as non-governmental organisations, including states and local governments that are involved in implementing projects in the region, will have all their projects keyed into.”

The Akwa Ibom two-term ex-governor explained that the initiative was to enhance coordination and check duplication of projects.

FEC also sanctioned N190.5 million for purchase of a microscope by the University of Ibadan, Oyo State.

Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said the approval followed the obsoleteness of the one currently in use at the tertiary institution.

Moreover, Minister of Power, Mamman Sale, said council gave approval for construction of three substations – two at Bichi and Kanyi in Kano – and the last in Zaki-Biam, Benue State.

Kaduna State Deputy Governor Hadiza Balarabe (left); Governor Nasir El-Rufai; Emir of ZazZau, Alhaji Ahmad Bamali; his Birnin Gwari counterpart, Alhaji Zubairu Idris and other stakeholders during a meeting organised by Kaduna State Ministry of Internal Security in the capital…yesterday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA That of Benue is costing $8.6 million offshore and N2.08 billion onshore. The Bichi’s facility goes for $9.6 million plus N1.7 billion local content. The one in Kanyi is $9.5 million plus N1.7 billion.

Sale continued: “There is another approval for the extension of transmission lines in Umuahia, Abia State and Mbano, Imo State.

“The cost is $506,324.40 plus N34,034,000 local content.”

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