FG approves N53bn for works, education, aviation ministries

The Federal Government, on Wednesday, in Abuja, approved a total sum of N52.97bn for various projects in the ministries of Education, Works and Housing and Aviation.

The respective ministers revealed this to State House Correspondents after this week’s Federal Executive Council Meeting presided over by the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja

They include the completion of Phase 2 of the 2.6km-long Uto Bridge in Ikenke, Delta State, the National Library of Nigeria headquarters building complex in Abuja and the procurement and installation of radar signaling equipment in nine airports nationwide.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohamed, who spoke on behalf of his counterpart in the Ministry of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said, “The first memo presented today was a memo seeking approval for a revised estimated total cost of a contract for the completion of Phase 2 of Uto Bridge, 2.6-kilometer stretch in Ikenke, Delta State.

The project was awarded in 2006, but we are committed to completing it. So today, the FEC approved the sum of N1.398bn to revise the contract from N4.44bn to N5.84bn, inclusive of 7.5 per cent VAT, to ensure that we’re able to complete this project before we leave.

“Also, the Minister of Works brought approval for the ongoing bypass along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, but the good thing about this project is that we can very confidently and proudly announce that the Kano-Zaria 137 kilometer and the Zaria-Kaduna, 73 kilometers, will be handed over to us on May 15.”

Mohammed said the Second Niger Bridge and the 116km Lagos-Ibadan expressway with toll gates will be handed over on April 30.

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