FEC okays road contracts in Ondo, Ogun, Nasarawa, Benue, others

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved projects valued at N62.047 billion for various contract proposals presented by the ministries of Works and Housing, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as well as Water Resources.

The week’s virtual FEC meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the State House in Abuja.

The Council, like the Senate, observed a minute silence in honour of former Lagos State Governor Lateef Jakande, who was also the Housing Minister between 1993 and 1995.

Addressing State House correspondents after the meeting, Ministers Babatunde Fashola (Works and Housing), Mohammed Bello (FCT) and Suleiman Adamu (Water Resources) gave details of the approvals and the figures attached to them.

Fashola said the four memoranda his ministry presented to FEC were approved, starting with the Benin-Ore-Ajebamdele road project, particularly the section from Ajebamdele (Ondo State) to Sagamu (Ogun State).

“The redesigning of the shoulders and pavement provision necessitated a revised estimated total cost of N22.879 billion to take the contract from the original sum of N71.6 billion to N92.5 billion. The stretch involved is 99 kilometres, from kilometre 162 to 261.

“Council approved that review of total estimated cost in favour of Messers RCC Construction firm currently working there,” he said.

The minister said Council also approved the contract for the Akwanga-Keffi-Makurdi highway executed under the China-EXIM loan by China Habour Engineering Construction Company (CHECC) for N46.25 billion awarded to QSA Limited.

He said the manual signing of certificate of occupancy was moving towards automation so that “all of these processes can be initiated online, processed online, approved and printed in a digital form”.

Fashola said the contract for all of this was N976,037,330 awarded to IQ Systems with completion period of 10 months.

He said the construction of 4×20 metres span bridge at Kilometre 18 on Langtang-Wase Road in Plateau State for N2.867 billion was awarded to Metropolitan Construction Nigeria Limited.

Bello said his ministry presented five memoranda, all of which were approved, including the review of the N19.5 billion Southern Parkway project.

Adamu also said his ministry presented two contracts, which were also approved.

The minister said those requested and granted were “approval for the award of contract for the provision of access road to open up sections of the Institute and Research District in Abuja housing the National Defense College and the Legislative Institute, at the cost of N3,462,440,823.88 It has eight-month completion period.

“Approval was given for the award of contract for the construction of access road and car park for the Abuja light rail station at Kagini Station. The cost is N1,830,392,696.00, and it is to be completed in 12 months.

“Approval for the upwards review of the contract sum for the construction of Southern Parkway from Christian Centre (S8/S9) to ring road. Contract augmentation from N16,234,553,335 to N35.7 billion. The added cost is N19,523,209,974.57, to be delivered in 24 months.

“Approval for the award of contract for the rehabilitation of Bwari Law School Road, through Kuchiko from the FCT boundary to Ijah (Bwari-Ijah Road) in the FCT. The contract sum is N1,466,334,591.34 and it is to be delivered in 18 months.

“Approval was given for the award of contract for the construction of Kasce feeder road in Gwagwalada by Hospital Junction to Kasce Resettlement with one hydraulic structure in Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT. The contract sum is N3,522,438,591.09, to be completed in 16 months,” he said.

Adamu also said his ministry presented two contracts, which were also approved.

“The first one is the Fika-Gadaka Water Project in Yobe State. This project, which started in 2003, was abandoned in 2007 at 30 per cent completion. We sought Council’s approval to revive the project. Therefore, we had to revise the cost of the project and change the scope of work to include things like solar power instead of the diesel generator provided for it in 2003 when diesel was quite cheap.

“We have taken a policy in the ministry that going forward, we will be using solar system to power water schemes and accordingly, this was done in the case of this project plus an extension of the pipeline to cover more areas.

“Because between 2003 and now, obviously the two towns would have expanded. So, this revised estimated total cost is N555.15 million in favour of existing contractors, Messrs Atlantic Full Drilling Services Company Limited.

“Also, the second memo is the revision of the consultancy contract for the supervision of Gere Earth Dam in Katsina. This also is an inherited ongoing project. Council, in 2018, approved the revised estimated total cost for the project towards its completion.

“Council approved the extension of consultancy services of Messers Emplan Group by another 36 months, also with augmentation of N310 million in terms of consultancy fees,” he said.

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