Railway contracts, Abuja expansion top FEC agenda for Wednesday

Goodluck Jonathan train

The FEC would also discuss the contract for a new house for the vice president.

The Executive Council of the Federation (FEC) would on Wednesday during its weekly meeting give approval for the award of various contracts for roads, railway, and water projects in the country.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Mohammed, is expected to present the first memo for consideration on the contract for the provision of the roads and engineering infrastructure to a new layout and diplomatic area as phase 2 of the ongoing Guzape Lot 2 district in Abuja.

Mr. Mohammed is also expected to present another memo seeking the approval of the Council for variation of contract for the design and construction of the residence of the vice-President located in the Three Arms Zone, Abuja; while the Minister for Power, Chinedu Nebo, would present a memo for the award of contract for the provision of legal advisory services to the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading PLC.

Similarly, Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe, would seek the approval of her colleagues for the approval of the revised estimated total cost for the ongoing construction of Kashimbilla/Gamovo Multipurpose Dam; while her Transport Ministry counterpart, Idris Umar, would present a memo seeking the approval of the revised estimated total cost for the consultancy services for the rehabilitation of Nigerian Railway Track Network and Signaling project.

Other memos to be presented by Mr. Umar include those for approval for the revised estimated total cost for the rehabilitation of railway track network contract for the western railway line in Lagos-Jebba 10. This includes additional rehabilitation of sidings loop lines and level crossings from Lagos-Jebba -Kano and construction of new branch rail line link from KM 896 of the existing narrow gauge rail line to the 215 mega watts (MW) power plant in Kudenda estate, Kaduna State.

The others are for the revised estimated total cost for the extension of signalling and communication solutions for the eastern line, Port Harcourt-Aba-Umuahia-Enugu-Makurdi-Bauchi-Maiduguri to the Western line, Lagos-Ibadan-Jebba-Ilorin-Minna-Kaduna-Kano, including 2 branch lines Kano-Nguru and Zaria-Kaura Namoda; and the ratification of President Goodluck Jonathan’s anticipatory approval for the development of the Lekki Deep Sea Port, Lagos State and approval for the issuance of Sovereign guarantee for the development of the port.

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Nwogu, would present a memo for discussion and ratification of decisions arrived at during the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 by Nigeria as well as the report of Nigeria’s participation in the 102nd session of the International Labour conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) held in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2013.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Bassey Ewa, is expected to present the report on the Economic Social Council Regional Preparatory meeting held on March 2013 at Dar es Salam, Tanzania as well as the report on the 7th Germany-African Energy Forum held in Hamburg, Germany and visit to Hannover, Germany in April 2013.

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