FEC approves N166 billion for 14 road projects across Nigeria

PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER MEDIAN FEC MEETING 3. L-R; President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN, SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita NSA Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno and Miister of State Works and Housing, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting held at the Council Chambers, State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. SEPT 11 20192
PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER MEDIAN FEC MEETING 3. L-R; President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN, SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita NSA Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno and Miister of State Works and Housing, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting held at the Council Chambers, State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. SEPT 11 20192

In furtherance of its commitment to improve Nigeria’s transportation infrastructure and restore its road network as a means to create employment and boost the economy, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the award of N166 billion contracts for the construction and rehabilitation of 14 roads nationwide.

The approval, which is sequel to a memorandum by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to the Council, was, according to the document dated September 3, 2019, sought by the ministry in line with the objectives of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the federal government one of which is to open up settlements and provide access for the evacuation of goods and services nationwide.

Roads listed for the award, according to the memorandum, include the Kotangora-Rijau Road in Niger State which will involve the construction of two bridges, Kano-Katsina Roads which involves the construction of additional lane from the Airport Roundabout to Dawanau Roundabout in Kano State, Kotangora-Bangi Road in Niger State and the Outer Marina-Bonny Camp Road and Eko Bridge through Apongbon Bridge with Access Ramp in Lagos State.

Also on the list are Irrua-Edenu-Ibore-Udomi-Uwessan Road in Edo State which is slated for rehabilitation, Ilobu – Erinle Road in Kwara/Osun States billed for construction, construction of Wudil Bridge to link Gaban Komi with Wudil bypass along Maiduguri Road in Kano State, Wukari-Ibi Road in Taraba State billed for rehabilitation and construction of Baro-Port Gulu Town Road in Niger State.

Others are Ajingi-Jahun-Kafin Hausa Road in Jigawa State slated for rehabilitation, Aba-Owerri Road and NNPC Expressway in Abia State also billed for rehabilitation, Kaleyeri-Damaturu Road in Yobe State billed for rehabilitation, two outstanding sections of Oba-Nnewi-Arondizuogu-Okigwe Road in Imo/Anambra States also for reconstruction and the construction of Yaba-Yangogi Road in the Federal Capital Territory.

According to the memorandum, the contract for the construction of two bridges, Lioji and Gulbin-Boka Bridges at Kotangora-Rijau Road will be executed by Messrs Nael & Bin Harmal Hydroexport Nigeria Limited at a contract cost of N1.13 billion with a completion period of 12 months while the construction of additional lane on Kano-Katsina Road in Kano will be executed by Messrs Zerock Construction Nigeria Limited within a period of 24 months at the cost of N9.5billion.

The reconstruction of Kotangora-Bangi Road in Niger State will be executed by Messrs CBC Global Civil & Building Construction Nigeria Limited within 48 months at the cost of N20.4 billion, while the rehabilitation of Outer Marina-Bonny Camp Road and Eko Bridge through Apongbon Bridge with Access Ramps will be done by Messrs CCECC with a completion date of 12 months at the cost of N9.3 billion.

The rehabilitation of Irrua-Edenu-Ibore-Udomi-Uwessan Road in Edo State is awarded to Messrs Mikky-Tai Engineering & Construction Limited/Messrs Rodnab Construction JV at the contract cost of N4.6 billion, with a completion date of 12 months while Messrs IAC Allied Technical and Construction Company Limited will construct the Ilobu-Erinle Road in Kwara/Osun States within 36 months at the cost of N18.042 billion.

While Messrs Triacta Nigeria Limited will construct the Wudil Bridge along Maiduguri Road in Kano State within a period of 15 months at the cost of N2.6 billion, the rehabilitation of Wukari-Ibi Road in Taraba State will be done by China Worldwide Limited within a period of 18 months at the cost of N12.31billion.

Messrs GR Building & Construction Nigeria Limited will construct the Baro-Port-Gulu Town Road in Niger State within a period of 24 months at N10.62 billion, while the rehabilitation of Ajingi-Jahun-Kafin Hausa Road in Jigawa will be done by Messrs H & M Nigeria Limited within a period of 24 months at the cost of N25.04 billion.

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While Messrs Roudo Nigeria Limited is to rehabilitate the Aba-Owerri Road, NNPC Expressway in Abia State within 18 months at the cost of N6.1 billion, Messrs JM & A’S/Lubell Nigeria Limited will construct Yaba-Yangogi Road in the FCT within 24 months at the cost of N17.31 billion, while Messrs Rick Rock Construction Limited will complete the rehabilitation of the Kaleyeri-Damaturu Road in Yobe State within a 28 months at the cost of N17 billion.

Messrs IIC Construction Company Limited/Wiz China Worldwide Engineering Limited who are to rehabilitate two outstanding sections of Oba-Nnewi-Arondizuogu-Okigwe Road in Imo/Anambra States within a period of 18 months, will receive N12.8 billion as payment on completion of the project.

In terms of job creation, the rehabilitation of two outstanding sections of the Oba-Nnewi-Arondizuogu-Okigwe Road in Imo/Anambra States will generate between 150 and 200 jobs while the construction of Yaba-Yangogi Road in the FCT will generate no less than 250 jobs.

While the rehabilitation of Kaleyeri-Damaturu Road will generate employment for 200 to 250 persons, the rehabilitation of Aba-Owerri Road, NNPC Depot Expressway in Abia State will provide employment for no less than 150 people and the rehabilitation of Ajingi-Jahun-Kafin Hausa Road is billed to generate between 250 and 300 jobs.

The memorandum also shows that the rehabilitation of Baro Port-Gulu Town Road in Niger State will generate about 250 jobs and the rehabilitation of Wukari-Ibi Road in Taraba State will provide jobs for no less than 500 people. The construction of Wudil Bridge to link Gaban Komi with Wudil Bypass on Maiduguri Road in Kano State will produce between 100 and 150 jobs.

Also no less than 500 people will be employed for the construction of Ilobu-Erinle Road in Kwara/Osun States and between 100 and 120 workers in the rehabilitation of Irrua-Edenu-Ibore-Udomi-Uwassan Road in Edo State while the rehabilitation of the Outer Marina-Bonny Camp and Eko Bridge through Apongbon Bridge with Access Ramps is expected to generate between 200 and 250 jobs.

The construction of two bridges at the Kotangora-Rijau Road, according to the memorandum, will generate employment for about 100 people and the construction of Additional lane from Airport Roundabout to Dawanau Roundabout along Kano-Katsina Road will provide jobs for between 250 to 300 people while the reconstruction of Kotangora-Banji Road in Niger State will provide jobs for between 300 and 350 people.

The scope of works to be covered in each of the lrojects were clearly itemized, while the minister also gave extensive details of the procurement processes which the participating companies went through that culminated in the certification and issuance of a Due Process Certificate of “ No Objection” for each of the 14 projects by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).

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