THE Federal Executive Council (FEC), yesterday, approved a N12.088 billion for the second phase of Ohafia-Arochukwu Road in Abia State.
Federal Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.
According to him, the 45 kilometre stretch would complete the road, which first section measures 19.27 kilometre, had been awarded earlier.
“The memorandum presented by the Ministry of Works and Housing today is for the Section two of the Ohafia to Arochukwu Road. This section comprises Umuahia-Bende-Ohafia Road in Abia State and it was approved for construction at N12.088 billion comprising a distance of 45 kilometers to complement Section One which was previously awarded in 2018. That is the section from Bende-Arochukwu to Ohafia which was 19.27 kilometers. So with this award now, the entire length of the road is now under contract with the same contractor and we hope for expeditious execution,” he said.
Also, federal government yesterday, approved the sum of $1,959,744,723.71 for the construction of a rail line that will link Nigeria to Niger Republic.
The approval was given at a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this to State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting.
According to him, the sum approved for the development of the proposed rail line linking Kano-Dutse-Katsina-Jibia and to Maradi in Niger Republic is inclusive of Value Added Tax.
Amaechi also said that apart from that, FEC approved contract for the design, manufacture, supply, testing, and commissioning of one railway crane for the purposes of clearing rail tracks in situations of accidents to the tune of N3.049 billion.
Equally, federal government says it is not going back on the National Water Resources Bill 2020 which it has re-presented to the National Assembly.
Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu and his Information and Culture counterpart, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this at a forum on Tuesday.
According to them, there is nothing new about the bill since it is an amalgamation of water resources laws which have been in existence for a long time, adding that contrary to speculations, southern part of the country will benefit more than the North, because the largest proportion of freshwater supply in the country is from the North.