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FEC approves N54bn for construction of Northeast roads

President Buhari presides over FEC Meeting at the State House, Abuja. August 24, 2022.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has given approval to the North East Development Commission to construct specific roads in; Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, and Bauchi. 

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouk explained that the reconstruction of the 22.5-kilometer road from Ngon-Koshobe and Ngon-Dosmari-Zabamari to Kongulong-Kajari road would gulp about N14 billion. 

She said the reconstruction of the 53-kilometer Gombe-Abba-Dukurfi road in Gombe and Bauchi States was awarded at about N12 billion, while the 54-kilometer Mutayi-Ngalda road in Yobe State was awarded at over N22 billion.

While the 32-kilometer Zabuna-Garkida road in Adamawa State, according to the minister would gulp over N6 billion.

Similarly, FEC also gave approval to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to engage the services of a company to provide security to the entire 45-kilometer stretch of light rail tracks within the territory, including 12 stations.

The company would also protect the signaling and communication equipment, as well as electrical systems. 

While explaining that the contract was pegged at over N400 million over a 2-year period, the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello, said the company would also secure another 18 kilometers of the rail tracks, including four railway stations within the territory at over N300 million, over a 2-year period as well.

Abuja-Kaduan train operations

Also briefing newsmen on the outcome of FEC meeting, the Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Mu’azu Sambo, said the federal government was exploring the most cost and security-effective option to adopt on the Abuja-Kaduna Rail Line before the resumption of train services.

He explained that FEC had approved the purchase of spare parts, and engaging the services of a company to undertake the repairs and overhaul of one of its damaged cranes for emergency repairs of the Railway Corporation’s rolling stock. 

He said the contract, which has a completion period of 12 months, was awarded at about 1.5 billion Naira to a company that had partnership with the original manufacturers of the crane.

Over N11billion approved for Road

In the same vein, the federal government has awarded over N11billion to the construction of the Mushin-NNPC-Apapa-Oshodi road, through Isolo to Ajigbo.. 

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said that award of the project, which will be completed in 20 months, followed the approval obtained from the Federal Executive Council, FEC.

Mr Fashola also said FEC approved the report and recommendation of a council committee set up by the President to respond to state governments’ demands for refunds on intervention made previously before this administration on federal roads. 

The affected states, according to the Minister, are Kebbi, Yobe and Taraba. 

Mr Fashola said N18.6 billion had been approved for Yobe, N6.7 billion for Kebbi, and N2.4 billion for Taraba states. 

He said FEC had directed that the road under construction in Taraba state, for which the reimbursement has been made, should not be terminated.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; editing by Oluwaeyi Ajibade, Muzha Kucha, Hadiza Abdulrahman