FG approves N82bn for road projects in 12 states

The federal executive council (FEC) has approved the construction of roads in 12 states at the cost of N82.5bn.

Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, disclosed this to state house correspondents at the end of the council’s meeting on Wednesday.

According to him, the roads will cut across Adamawa, Taraba, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi, Plateau, Osun, Kwara, Kano, Oyo, Kaduna and Kano.

He said the council also approved the engineering and consultancy design for access road one and two to link Asaba in Delta state and Onitsha in Anambra state with the second Niger bridge.

“Subsequent to the award of further works on the second Niger bridge we have started work now by this approval on the design of the link road that will connect the two states to the bridge. The design is expected to be completed in six months, and we will start procurement and as the bridge advances, we can then connect the two states. The contract sum is N150, 840 million” he said.

The project was launched by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014 at the sum of N117 billion.

It was awarded to Julius Berger, in a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement, and when completed it would link the south-east with the rest of the south.

Fashola also said the council approved a power sector recovery programme which would monitor ?service delivery by distribution and transmission companies.

“The programme comprises of many pet policy actions, operational and financial interventions that need to be carried out by government to ?improve transparency service delivery, performance of DisCOS, ?transmission companies and the entire value chain in order to create a ?more viable power sector that is private sector run,” he said.?

He gave the highlights of the programme as “how to make the DisCOS viable, accountable and responsive to customers, ensure stability of the grid and expansion of the grid, transparency and communication within the sector and also processes for ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) debts? and how to improve sector governance”.

“?It addresses access to renewable energy especially in rural areas using mini-grids and stand alone solutions and how we are going to carry out the solutions that have been developed for 37 federal universities and seven tertiary hospitals,” he said.

“It also addresses how to solve the Niger Delta problem and also how to ensure there is a stable and predictable foreign exchange policy for the sector so that it is somewhat protected from sudden head winds of the volatility of the foreign exchange market so that they can plan and deliver. It also highlights how to address the issue of vandalisation at consumer and production levels of pipelines and so on. This will help bring confidence to the market and stimulate the appetite that currently exists globally for Nigeria’s power sector.”


Source: The Cable

FEC approves N126bn for 12 road projects

The federal executive council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the award of N126 billion for the construction of 12 road projects.

Babatunde Fashola, the minister of power, works and housing, made this known while briefing state house correspondents after the FEC meeting.

Fashola said the projects were spread across Kano, Bauchi, Adamawa, Kwara, Gombe, Enugu, Kaduna and Bauchi states.

He said: “Contractors who have been owed for two, three years before Mr President was elected are back in various states, they recalled back their workers and as they are purchasing gravel, cement; the economy is on its way back with a bend.

“Every place in all of those states, once we mobilise the contractors, the money is kept in those states.

“Most of the workers who drive the trucks, who fix the roads that you see are indigenes of those states and so, they aggregate to the total output from each of those states to the national productivity and national recovery.”

Plateau State Govt. To Begin Work On Abandoned Road Projects

Governor of Plateau State, Mr.  Simon Lalong, has solicited the understanding of residents of Jos and Bukuru  metropolis as the government grapples with the problem of clearing the heaps of refuse in most part of the major towns.

The governor says contractors will soon be mobilised to continue work on road projects, which have been abandoned as citizens have been finding it difficult to move around freely.

A statement by the Director, Press and Public Affairs,  Mr. Emmanuel Nanle,  on Monday said the government was disturbed by the rising heaps of refuse, which had been made worse  by the ongoing strike by civil servants in the state.

The governor said he was particularly worried because of the health implications of the stench coming from the dumps,  especially as the raining season has set in.

The statement stated, “Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, is calling on all the citizens of Plateau State and particularly residents of Jos – Bukuru metropolis to please bear with government as efforts are intensified to address the difficulties encountered driving round the city with the rains now in season.

“The governor understands the challenges faced by motorists with the state of major uncompleted roads within Jos-Bukuru Metropolis.

“The governor is further assuring all citizens that the situation would be remedied immediately to ameliorate the difficulties faced.”

Lalong said the Transition Committee’s consultation with contractors would be intensified to ensure that a common understanding was reached to facilitate the continuation of the road projects.