The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday approved con­tracts amounting to N100 billion for road projects in the Federal Capital Terri­tory (FCT) and the Niger Delta region. The amount also covered provision of potable wa­ter for parts of Kwara State.

Supervising Minister of Information, Nurudeen Mohammed, briefed State House correspondents on the decision of the council alongside his counterparts in the FCT, Bala Mohammed; Niger Delta Affairs, Stephen Oru; and Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe. Mohammed said prior to that, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele briefed the council about the introduction of N100 notes in commemoration of Nigeria’s centenary anniversary.

Speaking on the contract awards, the FCT minister said that an upward review of contract for provision of engineering infrastructure at Wuye District, in the tune of N3.4 billion was also approved. The contract approval raised the total contract sum from the initial N39.6 billion to N43.12 billion, including additional arterial ring roads and pedestrian bridges. He also disclosed the approval of another contract sum, totaling N7.1 billion for the FCT administration to construct additional roads along the Inner Northern Expressway (INEX) that serves Abuja Industrial Park in Karmo District. Bala explained that for the completion of the Inner Southern Expressway (ISEX), the council approved N43 billion. He said this will help decongest vehicular traffic within the city centre and provide an alternative route to the Abuja airport.

According to Bala, he presented a memo for the award of contract for the construction of one service carriageway (14km) of inner Northern Expressway (INEX) from ring Road 111 to Ring Road IV, Abuja Industrial Park in favour of Messrs Salini Nig Ltd, in the sum of N7,2 billion with a completion period of 24 months. The minister explained that INEX is one of the key planned expressways provided in the Abuja masterplan connecting to the Ring Roads from the central area through phases I,II, III and IV, and terminating at the outer Northern Expressway (ONEX). The project is being undertaken in phases with the right hand service carriage way already developed between the Ring Road II and Ring Road III, bounding Karimo District.

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