13 November 2012

West Africa: FEC Approves Contracts for Rehabilitation of Ecowas Parliament Building, Roads, Others

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved contract for the rehabilitation of the ECOWAS parliament building in Abuja, construction of Sagbemi-Kiribo-Gada-Egbekigbo in Ondo, Ilorin – Ibadan roads and a loan facility for water projects in Lagos and Cross River states.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku at a media briefing on the outcome of the weekly FEC meeting at the State House, Abuja on Wednesday, November 7.

The Minister for Information said that FEC approved a contract for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to commence the rehabilitation of the ECOWAS parliament building located in the Asokoro District of the FCT noting that the facility which is in a state of disrepair was awarded to Julius Berger to the tune of N3.43 billion.

Maku also announced Council’s approval of the contract for the construction of what it called a “strategic road” which is a 23 kilometer stretch linking Sagbemi-Kiribo-Gada-Egbekigbo in Ondo state, at the cost of N3.55 billion noting that the road is part of the post amnesty projects of the Niger Delta Ministry.

He stated further that the Council approved the sum of N454 million for the augmentation of the contract on the Ibadan-Ilorin road while the rehabilitation of the service lane on the Niger Bridge will cost N2.393 billion.

Speaking on Council’s approval of loan facility for water projects, Maku stated that the approved loan facility was granted by the International Development Agency (IDA) on a concessionary ground in the sum of $77.73 million to support urban water projects for Lagos State in the sum of $33.83 million and Cross River State in the sum of $43.92 million.

He conveyed Council’s apology for the poor quality of telecommunication operations in the country and promised to raise sanctions for defaulting operators.

Maku further disclosed that the President used the opportunity to receive the trophies and plaques Nigerian nurses and midwives won in a recent Maternal and Child Health Competition held in India.

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