FG Approves N87.5bn Contracts For Roads, Bridge


Babatunde Fashola

On Wednesday, November 4, the Federal Govt Council accepted the sum of  N87.538bn for the development of some roads in components of the nation.

The quantity accepted included the price variation for 2 present highway contracts.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello and the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed these to State Home correspondents on the finish of a gathering of the council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Bello instructed reporters that the contract for the highway within the FCT was awarded to Messrs Gilmor Engineering Nigeria Restricted within the sum of N30,686,609,298.68 with a completion interval of 32 months.

He stated the contract was concerning the full scope improvement of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Technique to the Northern Specific Means (Murtala Mohammed Means) popularly often called Kubwa Expressway.

He stated the mission space is inside Part II of the Federal Capital Metropolis, serving as a boundary highway between the adjoining districts of Mabushi, Kado, Katampe, and Jabi.

Fashola, on his half, stated the council accepted a variation of N47.504bn for the completion of the 52 kilometers-Oyo-Ogbomosho Freeway which is part of the Ilorin-Ibadan 145 kilometers freeway.

The variation, he defined, has elevated the price of the contract to N105.041 bn.

He stated the variation was essential due to the necessity to alter the thickness of the pavement from 500mm to 560mm; to vary the asphalt to polymer-modified bitumen and likewise change the shoulders from floor dressing to totally asphalted inside and out of doors shoulder.

“So, all these required modifications in costs of N47.504bn. This was the revision that we offered which council accepted. This highway was awarded in 2010. As I stated, Sections 1 and three have been accomplished. We are attempting to finish Part 2 which we additionally inherited,” the minister defined.

Fashola added that the council accepted N9.348bn variation to finish Lokko-Oweto Bridge that hyperlinks Nasarawa to Benue State, including that the event has modified contract worth from N51.621bn to N60.961bn.

He stated, “That mission was awarded in 2011 and it was awarded in three totally different sections – one part, the highway to Benue to Oweto, was awarded to 1 contractor, we have now accomplished that highway.

“The bridge was awarded to a different contractor. The bridge is actually completed now. It’s open to visitors. After which, Lokko to Nasarawa, 74 kilometers was awarded to a different contractor. We are attempting to type out that drawback and we are going to come again to it.

“So, the approval given at the moment was a N9.348bn variation to finish the bridge part or remaining work on the bridge. Should you go there now, it’s already opened to visitors, ending and work to hyperlink the prevailing highway within the Benue aspect to the bridge is what we acquired this variation for.

“So, modifications in contract worth from N51.621bn to N60.961bn. As I stated, although we haven’t completed the roadside on the Nasarawa aspect, the commuters are already utilizing the highway as a result of it supplies an enormous detour going by way of Lafia, Keffi to come back to Nasarawa and to Abuja.”

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