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FEC approves N58.48b for Niger road projects, link bridge to Kwara

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The vice president Yemi Osinbajo supervised Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the sum of N58.48 billion for the dual projects of Bida-Saachi-Nupeko Road and the Nupeko-Pategi Bridge, linking Niger and Kwara states.

The former minister of power, Babatunde Fashola, made this public while entertaining State House correspondents after the FEC meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Fashola, who is also current Works and Housing Minister said the project was an old contract, which was terminated and reviewed.

In his words: “You heard the project involved, the Bida-Saachi-Nupeko Road and we have attached bridge — the Nupeko-Pategi Bridge across the River Niger, to link Nupeko in Niger and Pategi in Kwara State together.”

“And also facilitate connectivity from South West to North Central and North of Nigeria.”

“It is an old contract. It was awarded in 2013, terminated for non-performance, re-evaluated.”

“It didn’t have a bridge then; we have added a bridge now; approved now for N58. 488 billion; and it is expected to take 30 months.’’

The former Lagos state governor while responding to questions from State House Correspondents on the state of roads revealed that the rainy season hampered road construction and rehabilitation.

Fashola said rain destabilization is not seen in Nigeria cities alone noting that other cities in other parts of the world has been submerged and infrastructure affected.

He further maintained that what Nigeria experienced in 2019 was different adding it was not a good time to be in the transport system.

“We also want this season to quickly end so that we can go back to work during dry weather.”

“And that takes me to prepare for the end of the year; you know we have the ember preparation.”

“The team has already started work; we will be working with FRSC; we will also be working with our contractors.”

“The plan is that in places where they have not yet constructed, they should do palliative works so that the heavy traffic movement during the end of the year is manageable and will reduce the inconvenience of commuters to the barest minimum,” he said.

(NAN)

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