By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved a total of N99.01 billion for the rehabilitation of the third mainland bridge in Lagos as well as construction of various roads across the country.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fasola disclosed this to State House Correspondents after a marathon meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja,
He explained that the third mainland bridge contract which was awarded to an Italian construction firm, Borini Prono at the cost of N18.874 billion would be completed in 27 months.
FEC which commenced at 11:00am on Wednesday ended at about 7:00pm.
According to Fashola who was joined by the ministers of Information and culture, water resources, Transportation, the contractors were expected to carry out maintenance works on 33 piles which he noted were in critical condition. He said the bridge had a total of 177 piles.
He said part of the repair works would also involve the maintenance of General Expansion and Joint Replacement.
Nineteen piles on the bridge are under less critical condition while 44 piles less so critical, Fasola explained.
The Minister explained further the budget for the repair works was captured in the 2017 appropriation law.
He disclosed that FEC also approved N80,199billion as revised amount for the second section of the 84km Lagos-Ibadan expressway project.
The Federal Government had earlier approved N96.304billion for the Lagos-Ibadan road project, and Wednesday’s approval by FEC has brought the total contract sum to N176.50billion.
FEC also approved the N38.034billion for the construction of the 9th mile-Orokam road in Enugu State which is 72kilometers. About N10billion is to be drawn from the Ecological Fund to fund the project.
Fashola said council also approved N2.54billion the redesign and construction of the Illie bridge in Osun State.