FEC approves N21.9 billion for rehabilitation of roads in Yobe, Edo, Taraba

Speaking at the inauguration of a 969-metre `Rebisi’ dual carriage flyover in Port Harcourt, on Saturday, Minister of Works and Housing, by Mr Babatunde Fashola, who made the pronouncement also said that the Federal Government “is not in competition with any state’’ of the federation over project implementation.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved N21.9 billion for the rehabilitation and repairs of roads in Yobe, Edo and Taraba States.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting held in the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said N14.5 billion of the amount would be used for rehabilitation of the Gasamu-Hamshi-Gogoram road in Yobe while N991.8 billion would be spent on the rehabilitation of the road connecting Uneme-Tusamu-Odoga to Okpekpe in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.

The minister said N6.3 billion would also be expended on the rehabilitation of Mamabu-Donga road in Taraba South Local Government Area of Taraba State.

Fashola said that the three road projects were part of the projects to be executed by the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) under its 2020 extensive labour works on road repairs and rehabilitation.

He said FERMA had a total of 191 road repairs, road rehabilitation, road intervention projects to be carried out, nationwide.

According to him, 92 of the projects have been awarded by FERMA at its threshold level while 89 of them have been approved by the ministry at the ministerial tenders’ board threshold level.

“So, all of those projects are now being issued letters of award, mobilisation and others.

“Now, there are 10 that require coming to Federal Executive Council because of their financial threshold level. Out of the 10 projects, three were presented today.

“So, those three presented and approved by council today are: Gasamu-Hamshi-Gogoram road in Yobe for N14.528 billion; the link road connecting Uneme-Tusamu-Odoga to Okpekpe in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo for N991.851 million and Mamabu-Donga Local Government Area road in Taraba South Local Government Area for N6.397 billion.”

He expressed the hope that implementation of the road projects and other Economic Sustainability Plans would provide the bedrock to take the country out of economic recession.

“These are late third quarter, early fourth quarter interventions to respond to the COVID-19 impact on the economy.

“This will tell you some of the things the Minister of Finance was saying that Economic Sustainability Plan implementation is what will take us out of recession. This is our responsibility,” Fashola said.

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