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FEC approves N29.7bn for road, water projects

By on September 27, 2013

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved water and road projects valued at a total of N29.7bn, including a contract for the construction of a dual carriageway linking Abuja to Kaduna State at the cost of N28bn.

The other project approved by the council was a contract for the provision of water facilities in the Asokoro Extension area of the Federal Capital Territory for N1.7bn.

The Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, said this while addressing State House correspondents after the meeting, which was presided over by Vice-President Namadi Sambo.

The minister explained that the contract for the Abuja-Kaduna road, which is part of the Lower Usman Dam Project Part II, was approved in the sum of N28bn, with a completion period of 24 months.

Onolememen said the project would have a “salutary effect on the city.”

“It will provide more opportunities for even conferences, hotel development and create other employment opportunities for the area,” he added.

The minister said the first phase of the project was completed at the cost of N13bn.

Onolememen also explained that the meeting considered several memos relating to infrastructural development and provision of infrastructure and services in the Federal Capital Territory.

According to him, the government will provide more roads to ease the flow of traffic in and out of the FCT.

He said, “We are looking at the creation of bypasses to link the Federal Capital Territory with neighbouring states.

“Essentially, we are going to be having some kind of ring roads, like a semi circular ring road that will act as a collector road and move people away from the expressway and dissipate them to different points in the FCT.”