The September 25 FEC meeting was devoted to discussing Abuja infrastructure.
The Executive Council of the Federation (FEC) at its meeting of Wednesday approved contracts worth N29.7 billion for the improvement of infrastructure in Abuja.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, who briefed journalists alongside the Abuja Minister, Bala Mohammed, after the meeting. The meeting, which lasted for about two hours and was presided over by Vice President Namadi Sambo, focussed on provision of infrastructure in Abuja.
Mr. Onolememen said Council awarded a contract for the construction of a dual carriage way linking Abuja to Kaduna State through the lower Usman Dam area of Abuja. He said the project, which is part of the Lower Usman Dam project, part II, will run through Bwari to Gurara.
“Council has agreed to approve this road and it is expected to run from Dutse Alhaji, to access the north-western part of the country through Kaduna as well as provide double advantage of creating easy access to the lower Usman Dam project within the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
“The project is costing N28 billion, with a completion period of 24 months as well as cross cutting advantages of making sure that we provide complementary services such as housing, agriculture and water supply.
“Council approved it because of the salutary effect it will have on the city. It will provide more opportunities for even conferences, hotel development and create other employment opportunities for the area,” he said.
The works minister said the federal government was planning more roads to ease traffic flow in and out of Abuja.
“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 those express way and dissipate them to different points of the FCT,” he said.
Mr. Onolememen also said the government was concerned about the rising number of markets on the federal highways. He said the federal government would address the concern with strict enforcement.
“Only recently, we had the national council on works in Ilorin and one of the key issues we discussed was this right of way abuses on our high ways and market on the road is one of the abuses of rights of way in our country.
“This is a menace and during the meeting, we tasked the Federal Road Safety Corps that have the responsibility for enforcing behaviour on federal roads across the country to enhance road user education and also enhance enforcement.
“I can assure you that with the kind of commitments the FRSC has given and with the kind of support we are giving them to kind of scale up enforcement, this issue will be tackled head on shortly,” he said.
In his address, the Abuja Minister, Mr. Mohammed, said Wednesday’s FEC meeting was devoted to discussing memos that concern Abuja infrastructure.
He said the council discussed the provision of water for the Asokoro extension and surrounding environments, which is expected to provide water to Dallas and Sunrise estates at about N1.7 billion.
He noted that the private sector investors were already providing about N100 billion worth of investments, while the water is expected to be provided as part of the federal government’s complimentary infrastructural facilities for the area.
“This is because these are PPP areas where companies are coming to provide primary infrastructure and it is our own legal obligation to provide complimentary services like water and other infrastructure,” Mr. Mohammed said.
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