The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, has approved over N809.7 billion for various projects, including the rehabilitation of the Abuja-Kano expressway, Premium Times reported.
The meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari also approved the procurement of fire fighting vehicles and equipment, as well as the development of an application for design, development and management of National Social Investment Management System for the National Social Investment Programme.
Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed that, Council had approved the change of scope for the construction of Abuja-Kaduna-Kano highway.
Fashola said the road, up till this time is undergoing renovation, and would now be completely reconstructed, thus changing the existing cost of the project from N155 billion to N797.2 billion.
“I presented on behalf of the Ministry of Works and Housing, one memorandum and one report. The memo was with respect to the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano highway, which was to change the scope of works form rehabilitation previously awarded because many parts of the pavement had deteriorated, to full reconstruction of two lanes on both sides.
“The council considered and approve the request for that change of scope and the incidental cost consequence; changing the existing contract for N155 billion to N797.236 billion to provide for full reconstruction of the main carriageway, trailer parks, way bridges, toll stations and additional side lanes in the built-up areas across the FCT, Niger Kaduna and Kano Sates, which are all served by the road and this was approved by council for the same contractor,” he said.
Mr Fashola listed some completely rehabilitated roads which he said would soon be handed over to include Benin-Asaba, Abuja-Lokoja, Kano-Katsina, Onitsha-Aba, Sagamu-Benin, Kano-Maiduguri, Enugu- Port Harcourt, Ilorin-Jebba and Lagos-Badagary.
The minister said the roads would be delivered ”one after the other”.
“So, we are dealing with 375 kilometres of roads. So the completion is going to be in phases. So the first phase will be the Kaduna – Zaria section, which is 74 kilometres that will be in quarter four of 2022,” he said.