President Muhammed Buhari, GCFR, at a Virtual Meeting of the FEC, in Presidential Villa, Abuja

Nigerian Government approves N109.189bn for education, roads projects

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved projects worth N109,187,264,000 for both Ministry of Works and Housing and the Ministry of Education.

President Muhammed Buhari, at the FEC’s seventh weekly virtual meeting Wednesday, July 8, had received two memoranda from the Ministries of Works and Housing, and Education respectively.

It was gathered that the fresh approvals were disclosed to the State House Correspondents at a media briefing addressed by five Ministers, including the Ministers of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Education, Adamu Adamu; Information, Lai Mohammed; Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema; Special Duties, George Akume; and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada.

Fashola said his ministry submitted two memoranda for projects estimated to cost a total of N108.443Bn.

The FEC approved an augmentation of existing contract by N25 billion for the completion of the Enugu─Lokponta section of the Enugu─Port Harcourt Highway, he said.

The Minister stated: “The Ministry of Works and Housing presented two memoranda. The first one was to aid the completion of the Enugu─Lokponta section of the Enugu─ Port Harcourt Highway, it was augmentation of existing contract by N25 billion, the council approved that augmentation.

According to Fashola, “the second memorandum was the award of three different roads. The first is Dikwa-Marte-Mungunu road for N60. 273 billion and the Numan road linking Borno and Adamawa for N15.527 billion and the third is for Gombi-Biu linking Adamawa and Borno also for N7.643 billion.”

Malam Adamu Adamu, Honourable Minister for Education, also disclosed that the FEC approved an agreement between the Kaduna Polytechnic (KADPOLY), in Kaduna State, and an investor to renovate 18 blocks of student hostels.

He stated that the contract, which is a 15-year concession at the cost of N744,264  million, is under a Renovate Operate, Maintain and Transfer (ROMT) arrangement.

The Minister further said that “it will take one year to construct the hostels, after which the contractor will run it for 15 years within which they will recover what they have sunk into the project.

“There are 18 blocks of hostels and each room in a block will house four students. The total number of students to be housed will be 4,032.”