By Lawrence Olaoye
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved road contracts totaling N100.2 billion in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the Niger Delta region.
The Council, chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan also approved contracts for the completion of Abuja’s Millennium Towers & Cultural Centre and for the provision of potable water for some parts of Kwara state.
Supervising Minister of Information, Nuruddeen Mohammed, briefed State House Correspondents alongside the Ministers of FCT, Bala Mohammed, Niger Delta Affairs, Stephen Oru and Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe.
Commenting on the Abuja contract awards, the FCT Minister explained that an upward review of contract for provision of engineering infrastructure at Wuye District to the tune of N3.4 billion was approved by the cabinet.
He said, “This ups the total contract sum from N39.6 billion to N43.12 billion, and will now include additional arterial ring roads and flyover bridge.
“Another contract of N7.17 billion was approved for the FCT Administration to construct additional roads along the Inner Northern Expressway (INEX) that serves the Abuja Industrial Park in Karmo District,” he said.
For the completion of the Inner Southern Expressway (ISEX), Mohammed said the FEC approved a contract of N43.45b. This, according to him, will help decongest vehicular traffic within the city centre and provide an alternative route to the Abuja Airport.
The Council also approved the award of contract for consultancy services for the construction of Nigeria’s Cultural Centre and Millennium tower project in Abuja, in favour of Messers Sal Consults in the sum of N383.14 million. The consultants are to review the designs, monitor the project and offer full quantity surveying.