By Ismaila Chafe, Abuja.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N43.6 billion for the construction and reconstruction of roads in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe and Bauchi States.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq revealed this when she briefed journalists at the end of the Council meeting.
The FEC meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday.
The minister said that N13.5 billion would be expended on the 22.5-kilometre Ngom-Koshebe and Ngom-Zabarmari-Gongulong-Kajari road in Borno.
Farouq said: “Today, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development presented four memos to Council, on behalf of the North East Development Commission.
“These memos are in respect of road reconstruction for five states of the Northeast region namely Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe and Bauchi.
“In Borno, we have a 22.5-kilometre road that is to be reconstructed.
“This road is Ngom-Koshebe and Ngom-Zabarmari-Gongulong-Kajari road with the contract sum of N13, 553, 902, 668.95.”
The minister said that N12.1 billion of the amount would be spent on reconstruction of the 54-kilometre Mutayi-Ngalda Road in Yobe, while N11.6 billion was meant for the 53-kilometre Gombe-Abba-Dukurfi road in Gombe and Bauchi states.
Farouq disclosed that N6.2 billion of the amount was approved for the reconstruction of the 32-kilometre Zabuna-Garkida Road in Adamawa.
She stated that her ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Works and Housing, would be co-funding some roads in the Northeast zone of the country.
“We are also in partnership and collaboration with the Nigerian Society of Engineers in the area of engaging reputable local consultants for the design and supervision of the major works, in line with the Executive Order 5 for promoting local content in science, engineering and technology,” he added.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, who also addressed the correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said that the Council approved N11.1 billion for the reconstruction of an intra-city road in Lagos State.
He said: “The Council approved two memoranda presented by the ministry.
“The first was a contract for the reconstruction of the Mushin-NNPC-Apapa-Oshodi road, that is the road that goes through Isolo to Ojigbo, at the sum of N11,166,270,197.85, with a completion period of 20 months.”
Fashola said that the Council also approved N9.1 billion as reimbursement for federal roads constructed by Kebbi and Taraba state governments.
“This follows the report and recommendation of a Council committee set up by the president to respond to demands by state governments for refunds on intervention made previously before this administration on federal roads.
“The president subsequently issued the directive that there should be no more intervention by states on federal roads, but there were some that had been done before the life of this administration.
“So, there were three states, Kebbi, Yobe and Taraba. I think on June 22, I reported that the claims of Yobe for N18.663 billion were approved.
“That left for those of Kebbi and Taraba states. So today. the Council approved N6.706 billion for Kebbi State and N2.470 billion for Taraba State.
”An interesting thing to note about these reforms is that they relate to debts and obligations incurred by the previous administration before the life of this administration,” he added.