FG awards Aba-PH expressway contract

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  • Votes N57b for roads
  • N13 billion for Escravos
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ALL is set for commencement of work on the Aba-Port Harcourt expressway after the federal government awarded contract for redesigning and re-construction of the strategic highway that has remained in parlous state in recent time.
This was disclosed yesterday after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting that was presided over by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
About N47 billion was also approved for rehabilitation of roads in the country, including dredging of Port Harcourt Seaport and provision of navigational aids for Escravos that is billed to cost N13 billion.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said that the contract for the Aba-Port Harcourt section of the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway would cost N6.3 billion.
The minister explained that the project is so crucial because it had persistently failed in the past as a result of high water-level of the area, giving other projects that were approved by federal government as contracts for the rehabilitation of Babanlamba-Sharam in Plateau State at a cost of N19.2billion and the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Road for N22 bllion.
Fashola said that these roads measure over 81 kilometres, adding that their rehabilitation contracts will cost N56 billion.
“The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing presented three memoranda. One was for the Babbam Lamba Sharam road in Plateau State of about 44.265 kilometer for N19.392 billion. The second was for the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta road measuring 81 kilometers that was first awarded in year 2000 but has since been left uncompleted because there were no budgetary positions for it. The third approval was for section four of Enugu Port Harcourt road. The part between Aba particularly and Port Harcourt that has been problematic and has failed severally, we have a contractor there but we needed to change the design because of the storm water drainage needs and the high water table there, so that the road does not fail. So those revised rates were brought to Council today and a revision on 22 billion was approved for the 81 kilometer road bringing the total contract price to N56.701 billion. So that required a revision of the scope of work from retaining one, new side lanes and also drainage facilities in the sum of N6.309 billions,” he said.
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi also briefed newsmen.
“I got approval for the dredging of the Warri Seaport, the Escravos and the business of bad navigational aids. The total cost of the contract was N13 billion.”
Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman disclosed that she requested the approval of the FEC to approve the dredging works for Escravos channel in Warri and its navigation.
“It is a challenge we have had in the Nigerian ports. We need to ensure that the the channels into the Warri ports are dredged. It will fundamentally change the fortunes of Warri ports; it will expand the utilisation of our eastern ports. We believe in the need to ensure that all ports locations are given the seamless access by providing dredging works and that is what we are here to do today.
We have been able to execute transparency and elimination of corrupt practices; we serve the need to ensure that whatever government makes legal with an entity there is full compliance.
On Calabar Port, we have also reached an advanced stage for the procurement of the dredging works for Calabar. We had inherited a system that did not go through the relevant processes which we terminated.

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