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FEC approves N86.5bn road projects in Lagos, Rivers

- By Muideen Olaniyi

The Federal Executive Council yesterday approved N86.5bn for road projects in Lagos and Rivers States.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said N7.2bn was approved specifical­ly for emergency repairs on 32 federal roads in Lagos State.

“We were seeking council’s ratificati­on for 32 routes such as Iganmu-Ijora-Isolo, Herbert Macaulay road, Jibowu-Unilag road, old Abeokuta-Egba, Mushin, Falomo and so on.

“It was for N7.282bn and the council approved the emergency procuremen­t which had been done between 2017 and 2019.”

He also said N79.3bn was approved as variation for Bodo Bonny Road in Rivers State which he noted was previously awarded for N120.6bn. We sought approval from council to augment it by N79.305bn, bringing it to a total sum of N199bn. N199.923bn is now the total revised contract sum and council approved,” Fashola said.

Presidenti­al spokesman, Femi Adesina, said the FEC awarded the Ecological Fund Projects for the 3rd and 4th Quarters of 2020 in favour of various contactors in the total sum of N16,041,101,334.79 inclusive of 7.5% VAT were for soil erosion/ flood control and pollution control interventi­on projects.

He said: “These are the projects approved for implementa­tion today: Erosion, Flood Control, Bridge Reconstruc­tion and Road improvemen­t at Umulmenyi Nkpa Communitie­s of Bende LGA, Abia State; Gully Erosion Control Works at Umuokoro Lower Okata Community, Ihitte/Uboma LGA, Imo State; Imaku Omi Erosion Control Project, Ogun Waterside Local Government (Phase II), Ogun State; Afforestat­ion, Combating Land Degradatio­n, Road Improvemen­t Measures in Aworiosun, Ikoyi Agroforest­ry Community, Isokan LGA, Osun State; Erosion Control at Calabar Free Trade Zone, Calabar, Cross

River State; and Erosion and Road Improvemen­t Works at Yelwa Primary School and Police Station Road, Yola, Adamawa State.

“Others are Ecological Problem at Federal College of Education Technical, Gombe, Gombe State; Flood and Erosion Menace Affecting Lau Community and its Environs in Lau LGA, Phase II, Taraba State; Erosion and Flood Control at Birnin Kudu, Budiga, Babaidu, Kafin Gana, Sammiya/ Buji LGA, Gofara, Yayarin Tukur, Birnin Kudu LGA, Jigawa State; Flood Erosion Control Works from Kano Road to Main Water Channel in Daura, Katsina State, Phase II; Asa River/Isale Koko Erosion and Flood Control Project, Ilorin East LGA, Kwara State; Erosion Flood Control and Environmen­tal Degradatio­n in Agaie and Lapai Community, Niger State; Soil Erosion, River Channeliza­tion and Slope Protection within Maitama District (Phase III), Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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