By: SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the 2018 budget next week.
Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the president, Femi Adesina disclosed this to State House correspondents Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Buhari at the presidential Villa, Abuja.
The National Assembly had on May 17 passed the 2018 budget six months after President Buhari submitted the estimates to both chambers of the assembly.
The President had on November 7, 2017 submitted a proposal of N8.612tn for the 2018 fiscal year, but lawmakers passed N9.12tn as the budget, increasing it by N508bn.
The presidential spokesman also disclosed that FEC approved the rehabilitation/construction of fourteen roads in different parts of the country at the total cost of N185.276 billion.
He listed the roads to include” Gwoza – Damboa – Goniri – Ngamdu Road in Yobe/Borno States by Hajaig Construction Nigeria Ltd. at the cost of N34.608 billion.
” Mayo Belwa – Jada – Ganye – Torngo Road in Adamawa by Messrs Triacta Nigeria Ltd. at the rate of N22.699bn.
“. Ado – Ifaki – Otun – Kwara State border in Ekiti State at the rate of N6.002 billion
Others are “Repair Makurdi bridge in Benue State by Messrs AG Visio Construction Ltd.N4.617 billion.
“Ihugi – Korinya -Wuse -Ankor in Benue State Datum Construction Ltd N15.641 billion.
” Gbagi – Apa – Owode in Badagry Lagos State by Messrs Smithcrown Nigeria Ltd.at NN4.366 billion.
” Construction Ijebu Igbo – Ita Egba Owonowen in Ogun and Oyo Statesto Messrs DC EngineeringN9.833 billion
” Dualisation of Jattu – Fugar – Agenebode in Edo Phase II by Mothercat at N7.506 billion.
” Makurdi – Gboko – Wannune – Yander Section 1 in Benue State to Messrs Rockbridge Construction Ltd. at the rate of N18.669 billion.
“Old – Enugu – Poth Harcourt Road at Agbogugu – Abia border Spur by Messrs Setraco Ltd. at N13.933 billion
“Rehabilitation of Umulungbe – Umoka road at N6.249 billion. Amokwu – Ikedimkpe – Egede – Opeyi Awhum Road in Enugu State to Messrs IDC Construction N21.729 billion.
” Rehabilitation of Nkwu Inyi – Akpugoeze in Anambra State Anbeez Services at N2.595 billion. Construction of Sabon Birnin – Tsululu – Kuya – Maradi Junction road in Sokoto by Messrs China Zhonghao Nigeria Ltd N4.354 billion.The total cost is N185.276 billion.
Also speaking at the briefing ,Health minister – Isaac Adewole said council approved the draft food safety and quality bill as well as the food safety Institutional reform working document.
He also added that council approved a Draft National Tobacco Control Regulation.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah stated that Council approved the award of contract for construction of the phase II and the completion of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Multi-purpose conference center in Abuja at the cost of N6,540,385,908 billion inclusive of VAT.