FEC approves N29.7b for projects in FCT

( -26/09/2013)

THE Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday rose from its weekly meeting with the approval of water and road projects valued at N29.7 billion.

The projects, which were approved, included the construction of a dual carriage way linking Bwari Abuja to Gurara, Kaduna State through the lower Usuma Dam in FCT.

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Bala Mohammed, while briefing State House correspondents alongside his Works and Solid Minerals Development counterparts, Mike Onolememen and Mohammed Musa Sada, said the projects were part of the present administration’s efforts at opening up the territory.

Mohammed disclosed that memos discussed included those on the provision of water for the Asokoro extension and surrounding environments that is expected to provide water to Dallas and Sunrise estates at the cost of about N1.7 billion.

Yesterday’s FEC which had only 14 cabinet ministers in attendance and was presided over by Vice- President Namadi Sambo also witnessed the attendance of the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice.

The FCT minister announced that the project which is part of the Lower Usman Dam project part 11, will run through Bwari to Gurara, having earlier completed the first phase of the job at the cost of N13 billion.

“Council has agreed to approve this road
and it is expected to run from Dutse Alhaji to access the north western parts of the country through Kaduna as well as provide double advantage of creating easy access to the lower Usman Dam project within the FCT.

“The project is costing N28 billion with a completion period of 24 months as well as cross cutting advantages of making sure that we provide complementary services such as housing, agriculture and water supply.

“Council approved it because of the salutary effect it will have on the city. It will provide more opportunities for even conferences, hotel development and create other employment opportunities for the area.”

The minister had earlier said that this week’ Council meeting was devoted to discussing memos that bother on infrastructural development and provision of infrastructure and services in the FCT.

Onolemenen noted that government was also planning more roads to ease traffic flow into and out of the FCT, saying “We are looking at the creation of bypasses to link the federal capital territory with neighbouring states. Essentially, we are going to be having some kind of ring roads, like a semi circular ring road that will act as a collector road and move people away from those express way and dissipate them to different points in the FCT.”

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