By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The Federal Government has approved the sum of N703 million for the dredging work in Baro, in preparation for the readiness of Baro Port in Niger State.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential Villa, Abuja.
He also said Council approved €21 million for the procurement of two tug boats for towage purposes on Nigerian waters.
Also speaking on the outcome of the FEC meeting, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said Council approved Magami-Kwajali-Lingi road connecting Bauchi and Kano, 58.9 kilometer road at the cost of N15.454 billion. It also approved the Phase II of Abuja -Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Makurdi road.
He explained “I need to stress that this the section that comprises 16:0 kilometers which is the Lagos by-pass and the section that also comprises 251.7 kilometers from Ninth Mile through Otukpo to Makurdi.
‘A total of 268.5 kilometers for $995,004.95. The reason is that it is the Abuja -Keffi road which was awarded in 2015, for which finance is now available. So, this is the second phase for which the finance is not yet available but the award is the pre-condition to now get the loan from the China-Exim Bank, so that by the time work on the first phase finishes, we can seemlessly continue the second phase all the way to Makurdi.”
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed who also spoke on the deliberations at the weekly meeting. said council also gave contractors handling the Oron-Calabar section of the East-West road a matching order to speed up completion for the rains.
He said “Council directed the Minister of Niger Delta to speed up re-negotiations with the contractors to ensure immediate resumption of the completion of that phase of road.”
Minister of Water Resources, Sulaiman Adamu, said Council approved the construction of an 80 meter expanded bridge, in Karu, Nassarawa, Constituency project at the cost of N719 million with completion period of two years.
He also added that council approved another constituency project, the construction of earth dam irrigation scheme in Gwaranga in Bauchi State. The contract sum is N1.36 billion with completion period of two years.