The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved N1.2bn for a contract for the construction of sewage facilities to connect Guzape District (Lots 1 and 2) to the trunk mains (Stage I -connection of Guzape Lot 1) in the Federal Capital Territory.

The Supervising Minister of Information, Nurudeen Muhammed, disclosed this to State House journalists after the FEC meeting chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The minister said the contract was awarded to Messrs Golden Construction Nigeria Limited, with a completion period of 16 months. He said there was already the provision of N300m from the FCT internally generated revenue for the commencement of the project, while adequate provisions had been made in the FCT Funding Plan for the remaining fund.

He explained that Guzape District is located around the fringes of the FCT and was not initially considered to be part of the Abuja City Master Plan, saying to avoid abuses and uncoordinated development around the fringes of the city, the government embarked on the land use and detailed site development plan of the city fringes to integrate them into overall city planning scheme.

“Consequently, Guzape District Lots 1 and 2 were planned and provided with facilities such as roads, water supply, storm water; drainage system and internal sewage network including mini sewage treat plants.

“The scope of the work, its significance and substantial compliance of the award process with the provisions of due process were noted and extensively deliberated by members,” Muhammad said.

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