The Nigerian government has approved the contract for the Otukpo-9th-mile road linking Benue and Enugu States, worth over N5bn.
Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola revealed this to State House Correspondents while briefing them on the resolutions reached at the first meeting of the Federal Executive Council for the year 2018, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Fashola said the contract is expected to be completed within 24 months, adding that work has already commenced on the Benue section of the road.
“My Ministry had only one memo today and it was for the Ogbokolo-9th Mile section of the Enugu-Otukpo road that links Benue to the Enugu States. The Benue section is already under construction so what we have just done is award the 36 kilometres that connect the Enugu section to the road.
This is a major agrarian connectivity in support of our agricultural policies and the Council approved that memo and it was awarded to the existing contractor who is already working on the Benue section so we should have a seamless deployment of machines and materials to the site. The Contract is for N5.4 billion and we expect that work should be completed in 24 months,” he said.
Giving further details on the road, the Minister said it has a width of 7.2 meters and it is a total rehabilitation work that would be carried out on the road.
Also briefing journalists, Minister of State-Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, said the Council approved the award of contract for the provision of independent power supply to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport, Abuja.
“We have had challenges of power, water and sewage, aprons and so on at the new terminal building of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and in our efforts to deal with those challenges, we are putting up an independent power system at the airport and this was today approved by FEC.
We will also subsequently address the water supply and sewage challenges as well as the connectivity between the old and new terminals, the apron site and the fire station that is currently blocking usage of the apron and perhaps also the control tower that cannot see the other side of the airport. All of these will be attended to in phases preparatory to the full utilization of the airport,” he explained.
He said there was no contract sum attached to the project but the independent power would be supplied at the cost of N61.12 per kilowatt hour.
On his part, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the government was very much concerned about the herdsmen and farmers clashes in some parts of the country and the issue is receiving attention at the highest level.