The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N19.352bn for the construction of road projects in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Oyo and Kano States.
Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said: “The second memorandum we presented was for the award of three roads in Igboho-Oloko-Agbonle in Oyo State and Gulu to Yaba town between the Federal Capital Territory and Niger State as well as Sharada to Madobi and Danbaure in Kano State.
“Council approved these roads for N7.249 billion for the first one in Oyo, N7.593 for the second one in Niger/FCT and N4.510 for the third one in Kano.”
Mr. Fashola explained that the council has also been intimated on the 524 roads currently ongoing across all the states of the federation, adding that 43 internal roads are being constructed in Federal Universities, out of which 10 have been completed.
He further disclosed that the Council also approved N523 million for the completion of Efalaye-Erimo-Iwaraja road linking Ekiti and Osun states which had been awarded since 2009 and has reached 85 per cent completion.
“The first memorandum was to approve the change of rates with respect to the Efalaye-Erimo-Iwaraja road linking Ekiti and Osun states.
“That road was awarded since 2009 and the contractor has achieved about 85 per cent of the work so we are trying to complete that road, it had been slowed down by previous years of insufficient budget.
”During that period the price at which it was awarded and today’s material prices have altered significantly.”
The Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of N310 billion for road projects in several parts of the country.
Briefing journalists in Abuja, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said that N79.82bn is for the Ibadan-Ilesa-Ife road, while N200.1bn is earmarked for roads linking the second Niger Bridge to Asaba and Onitsha.
The remaining N29. 6bn according to him, is meant for phase 2 of the Kano-Katsina Highway.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Education (State), Emeka Nwajiuba, disclosed that the Council also approved contracts for his ministry under the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).
According to him, N915 million is for the construction of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Abuja, while N918 million has been budgeted for the construction of the Faculty of Education in the same university.
In furtherance of its commitment to improve the nation’s transportation infrastructure and restore its road network as a means to create employment and boost the economy, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the award of N166 billion contracts for the construction and rehabilitation of 14 roads nationwide.
The approval, which is sequel to a memorandum by the Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN to the Council, was, according to the document dated September 3, 2019, sought by the Ministry in line with the objectives of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the Federal Government one of which is to open up settlements and provide access for the evacuation of goods and services nationwide.
Roads listed for the award, according to the memorandum, include the Kotangora-Rijau Road in Niger State which will involve the construction of two bridges, Kano-Katsina Roads which involves the construction of additional lane from the Airport Roundabout to Dawanau Roundabout in Kano State, Kotangora-Bangi Road in Niger State and the Outer Marina-Bonny Camp Road and Eko Bridge through Apongbon Bridge with Access Ramp in Lagos State.
Also on the list are Irrua-Edenu-Ibore-Udomi-Uwessan Road in Edo State which is slated for rehabilitation, Ilobu – Erinle Road in Kwara/Osun States billed for construction, construction of Wudil Bridge to link Gaban Komi with Wudil bypass along Maiduguri Road in Kano State, Wukari-Ibi Road in Taraba State billed for rehabilitation and construction of Baro-Port Gulu Town Road in Niger State.
Others are Ajingi-Jahun-Kafin Hausa Road in Jigawa State slated for rehabilitation, Aba-Owerri Road and NNPC Expressway in Abia State also billed for rehabilitation, Kaleyeri-Damaturu Road in Yobe State billed for rehabilitation, two outstanding sections of Oba-Nnewi-Arondizuogu-Okigwe Road in Imo/Anambra States also for reconstruction and the construction of Yaba-Yangogi Road in the Federal Capital Territory.
According to the Memorandum, the contract for the construction of two bridges, Lioji and Gulbin-Boka Bridges at Kotangora-Rijau Road will be executed by Messrs Nael & Bin Harmal Hydroexport Nigeria Limited at a contract cost of N1.13 billion with a completion period of 12 months while the construction of additional lane on Kano-Katsina Road in Kano will be executed by Messrs Zerock Construction Nigeria Limited within a period of 24 months at the cost of N9.5billion.
The reconstruction of Kotangora-Bangi Road in Niger State will be executed by Messrs CBC Global Civil & Building Construction Nigeria Limited within 48 months at the cost of N20.4 billion, while the rehabilitation of Outer Marina-Bonny Camp Road and Eko Bridge through Apongbon Bridge with Access Ramps will be done by Messrs CCECC with a completion date of 12 months at the cost of N9.3 billion. The rehabilitation of Irrua-Edenu-Ibore-Udomi-Uwessan Road in Edo State is awarded to Messrs Mikky-Tai Engineering & Construction Limited/Messrs Rodnab Construction JV at the contract cost of N4.6 billion, with a completion date of 12 months while Messrs IAC Allied Technical and Construction Company Limited will construct the Ilobu-Erinle Road in Kwara/Osun States within 36 months at the cost of N18.042 billion.
While Messrs Triacta Nigeria Limited will construct the Wudil Bridge along Maiduguri Road in Kano State within a period of 15 months at the cost of N2.6 billion, the rehabilitation of Wukari-Ibi Road in Taraba State will be done by China Worldwide Limited within a period of 18 months at the cost of N12.31billion.
Messrs GR Building & Construction Nigeria Limited will construct the Baro-Port-Gulu Town Road in Niger State within a period of 24 months at N10.62 billion, while the rehabilitation of Ajingi-Jahun-Kafin Hausa Road in Jigawa will be done by Messrs H & M Nigeria Limited within a period of 24 months at the cost of N25.04 billion.
While Messrs Roudo Nigeria Limited is to rehabilitate the Aba-Owerri Road, NNPC Expressway in Abia State within 18 months at the cost of N6.1 billion, Messrs JM & A’S/Lubell Nigeria Limited will construct Yaba-Yangogi Road in the FCT within 24 months at the cost of N17.31 billion, while Messrs Rick Rock Construction Limited will complete the rehabilitation of the Kaleyeri-Damaturu Road in Yobe State within a 28 months at the cost of N17 billion.
Messrs IIC Construction Company Limited/Wiz China Worldwide Engineering Limited who are to rehabilitate two outstanding sections of Oba-Nnewi-Arondizuogu-Okigwe Road in Imo/Anambra States within a period of 18 months, will receive N12.8 billion as payment on completion of the project.
In terms of job creation, the rehabilitation of two outstanding sections of the Oba-Nnewi-Arondizuogu-Okigwe Road in Imo/Anambra States will generate between 150 and 200 jobs while the construction of Yaba-Yangogi Road in the FCT will generate no less than 250 jobs.
While the rehabilitation of Kaleyeri-Damaturu Road will generate employment for 200 to 250 persons, the rehabilitation of Aba-Owerri Road, NNPC Depot Expressway in Abia State will provide employment for no less than 150 people and the rehabilitation of Ajingi-Jahun-Kafin Hausa Road is billed to generate between 250 and 300 jobs.
The Memorandum also shows that the rehabilitation of Baro Port-Gulu Town Road in Niger State will generate about 250 jobs and the rehabilitation of Wukari-Ibi Road in Taraba State will provide jobs for no less than 500 people. The construction of Wudil Bridge to link Gaban Komi with Wudil Bypass on Maiduguri Road in Kano State will produce between 100 and 150 jobs.
Also no less than 500 people will be employed for the construction of Ilobu-Erinle Road in Kwara/Osun States and between 100 and 120 workers in the rehabilitation of Irrua-Edenu-Ibore-Udomi-Uwassan Road in Edo State while the rehabilitation of the Outer Marina-Bonny Camp and Eko Bridge through Apongbon Bridge with Access Ramps is expected to generate between 200 and 250 jobs.
The Construction of two bridges at the Kotangora-Rijau Road, according to the Memorandum, will generate employment for about 100 people and the construction of Additional lane from Airport Roundabout to Dawanau Roundabout along Kano-Katsina Road will provide jobs for between 250 to 300 people while the reconstruction of Kotangora-Banji Road in Niger State will provide jobs for between 300 and 350 people.
The Scope of Works to be covered in each of the Projects were clearly itemized, while the Minister also gave extensive details of the procurement processes which the participating Companies went through that culminated in the certification and issuance of a Due Process Certificate of “ No Objection” for each of the 14 Projects by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).
The immediate past Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola on Monday said about 720 containers were recovered with abandoned transmission equipment when he resumed in office as Minister.
Fashola disclosed this on Monday during the ministerial screening by the Senate on Monday.
He said at the commencement of his administration, the focus was on completing what was inherited from the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration which led to the recovery.
“This led us to recovering about 720 containers belonging to the Federal Republic of Nigeria containing transmission equipment that had been left at the Nigerian port for almost a decade.
“Those equipment ultimately found their way to over 100 stations across the country and we had completed some of them by the time I left office,” he said.
Reeling out further achievements recorded while he served as Minister, Fashola added that power audit commenced in 37 federal universities. This according to him is aimed at lighting up the universities.
He said success was recorded in nine universities and Ndufe Alike University, in Ebonyi State will switch on next month.
“We also undertook the power audit of 37 federal universities in Nigeria with a plan to intervene and strategically deploy independent power to Nigeria’s federal universities as out contribution to education development.
“By the time I left, based on the limited resources we had, we had commenced nine as a first phase and all those nine are in various phases of implementation at the moment.
“I can say that from next month, Ndufe Alike University, in Ebonyi State will be the first to be commissioned next month.”
Fashola also noted that road networks of 14 Nigerian universities were built while he served as Minister.
According to him, the Federal Government is also, currently constructing houses in 34 states of the federation.
A senior protocol officer in the Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing, Maikudi Haruna, has been arrested for allegedly forging the official Identity Card and signature of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
According to a statement by Sunday James, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Haruna had forged the identity in a letter issued to one Abubakar Mustapha Bida to procure an Official Passport.
Following his arrest, he is now being arraigned at the Federal High Court, Abuja before Justice Taiwo Taiwo and has been charged with conspiracy, making false statement for the purpose of procuring Nigerian passport and engaging in forgery.
Meanwhile, the Comptroller General of the NIS has advised prospective applicants seeking the Nigerian passport to avoid false declarations, forgery and use of fake breeder documents.
He advised that they follow due process by paying online, applying online and desisting from patronising touts.
He also vowed that anyone found culpable will be prosecuted in accordance with the provision of the law related to ‘Passport Offences’.
Former Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, says the strides recorded by President Muhammadu Buharis government could hardly be achieved by any other nation.
He stated this during a recent interview at his office in Abuja, the nations capital.
“This government is doing something that I don’t think many if any nation has done before. They are building the entire infrastructure at the same time ports, airports, rail, roads, power, all simultaneously at the same time.
“Often times, what most countries do is to finish one then go to the other. And it is because we have outgrown our infrastructure as a nation. And that is why you will see the commitment of the President to projects like the second Niger bridge, the Igbodo-Ogoni bridge, the Mambilla power plant, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, all of these is going on at the same time,” he stated.
Fashola also reiterated the Presidents commitment to deliver more dividends of democracy to Nigerians to justify his second term mandate that began on May 29.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) says it has received details of some alleged corrupt contractors from the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola.
In a statement issued on Sunday by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP said the minister forwarded some documents from some of the ministry’s agencies, providing some level of details regarding the names of contractors that allegedly collected money for electricity projects but failed to execute any projects.
The human rights group cited the ministry’s letter with reference number FMP/LU/R2K/2016/T/40 and signed on Fashola’s behalf by the Permanent Secretary for Power, Louis Edozien, which was sent to the group, last week.
The letter named an Abuja based company, which was in 2014 awarded a contract for the supply and installation of test and maintenance equipment relays, among others to various NAPTIN regional training centers.
Fashola is yet to react to SERAP’s claim as at the time of writing this report.
Out of the total contract sum of N87.7 million, the amount of N79.4 million was paid to the company, but only 13 of the 19 items have so far been supplied, with six items outstanding.
“We welcome Mr Fashola’s latest response and the information regarding Pow technologies limited. But we need details of names of other contractors that have collected public funds yet failed to execute power projects.
“We will continue to push the ministry and its agencies to reveal more details of alleged corrupt contractors and companies,” the statement read in part.
SERAP had in February 2019, filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking “an order of mandamus directing Mr Fashola to provide specific details on the names and whereabouts of the contractors who collected public funds meant for electricity projects but never executed them.”
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the award of N169.74 billion contracts for the construction and rehabilitation of 10 roads across the country.
The Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, stated that the projects would enhance the Federal Government’s objective of improving transportation infrastructure and restoring the nation’s road network.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, the government explained that this was in line with its implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).
The approval, which was sequel to a memorandum presented to the Council by the minister on Thursday, covers the rehabilitation of the Umuahia (Ikwuano)-Ikot Ekpene Road, Umuahia, Umudike in Abia State, and the rehabilitation of Calabar-Oban-Ekang Road (Section1) in Cross River State.
It also consists of the construction of Yola-Fufore-Gurin Road in Adamawa State, rehabilitation of Ado-Ekiti –Igede-Aramoko-Itawure Road in Ekiti State, and the rehabilitation of Funtua-Dandume-Kaduna State Border Road in Katsina State.
Others, according to the memorandum, are the rehabilitation of Makurdi-Gboko-Katsina-Ala Road (Yandev-Katsina-Ala Section) in Benue State, and rehabilitation of Old Enugu-Onitsha Road (Opi Junction-Ukehe-Okpatu-Aboh Udi-Oji to Anambra Border.
The rest are the rehabilitation and dualisation of the 74KM (Approximately) Aba-Ikot Ekpene Road in Abia/Akwa Ibom States, construction of 4-kilometre Township Road in Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State, and rehabilitation of Billiri-Filiya-Taraba State Border Road in Gombe State.
The tweets revealed that the Umuahia (Ikwuano)-Ikot Ekpene Road was awarded to Messrs Hartland Nigeria Limited/ Raycon & Company Nigeria Limited in the sum of N13,296,283,958.68, with a completion date of 48 months, and the rehabilitation of Calabar-Oban-Ekang Road (Section1) in Cross River State was awarded to Messrs Setraco Nigeria Limited in the sum of N27,781,851,866.55 with a completion date of 24 months.
The construction of Yola-Furore-Gurin Road (approximately 56KM) was awarded to Messrs Wiz China Worldwide Engineering Limited in the sum of N13,643,670,884.81 with a completion date of 12 months.
The rehabilitation of Ado-Ekiti–Igede-Aramoko-Itawure Road in Ekiti State (35KM approximately), according to the memorandum, was awarded to Messrs Deux Projects Limited/Hitech Construction Company Limited at N14,838,220,269.00 with a completion period of 30 months, while the rehabilitation of Funtua-Dandume-Kaduna State Border Road in Katsina State was awarded to Messrs Rabash Enterprises Nigeria Limited/Afdin Construction Limited in the sum of N9,887,040,586.50 with a completion period of 24 months.
The memorandum further revealed that Messrs Rockbridge Construction Limited would rehabilitate the 43 Km (approximately) Makurdi-Gboko-Katsina-Ala Road (Yandev-Katsina-Ala Section) in 24 months at the cost of N11,892,018,600.00, while Messrs Arab Contractors O.A.O Nigeria Limited would rehabilitate Old Enugu-Onitsha Road (Opi Junction-Ukehe-Okpatu-Aboh Udi-Oji to Anambra Border) (Approximately 90Km) in 24 months at the cost of N31,946,055,289.93.
Messrs CGGC Global Project would rehabilitate and dualise the Aba-Ikot Ekpene Road in 24 months at the cost of N30,649,735,111.38, and the construction of a 4-kilometre Township Road in Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State by Messrs Birak Engineering & Construction Company Limited in the sum of N1,755,086,798.85 would be completed in 12 months.
The rehabilitation of Billiri-Filiya-Taraba State Border Road by Messrs Triacta Nigeria Limited is also to be completed within 24 months in the sum of N14,048,396,236.88.
Mr Fashola explained that his ministry has decided to initiate the new road reconstruction and rehabilitation projects in some states of the Federation to open up settlements, provide access for the evacuation of goods and services, as well as improve the socio-economic lives of the people within the stretch of the different communities in the project areas.
He attributed this to the realisation of the government’s objectives of restoring growth and investing in the people.
The minister said the 50KM Umuahia (Ikwuano)-Ikot-Ekpene Road would create between 180 to 200 jobs with 90 per cent of the jobs for Nigerians and 10 per cent for expatriates.
According to him, while the rehabilitation of the approximately 60 Km Calabar-Oban-Ekang Road (Section1) in Cross River State would generate between 400 and 500 jobs with 40 per cent of the jobs for Senior Nigerians and 100 per cent for intermediate workers, the construction of Yola-Furore-Gurin Road in Adamawa State would provide no less than 300 jobs with 90 per cent reserved for Nigerians and 10 per cent for expatriates.
Fashola added that 200-250 workers would be employed in the rehabilitation of Ado-Ekiti –Igede-Aramoko-Itawure Road in Ekiti State with 90 per cent of the jobs to be handled by Nigerians and 10 per cent by expatriates, while the rehabilitation of Funtua-Dandume-Kaduna State Border Road in Katsina State would generate 200 jobs with 80 per cent for Nigerians and 20 per cent for expatriates.
In the rehabilitation of Makurdi-Gboko-Katsina-Ala Road (Yandev-Katsina-Ala Section)in Benue State, he said 100 workers would be employed with 90 per cent of them Nigerians and 10 per cent expatriates.
While 400-500 workers will be employed in the rehabilitation of Old Enugu-Onitsha Road (Opi Junction-Ukehe-Okpatu-Aboh Udi-Oji to Anambra Border) with Nigerians constituting 90 per cent while expatriates will make up the remaining 10 per cent of the workforce, according to the minister, the rehabilitation and dualisation of Aba-Ikot Ekpene Road in Abia/Akwa Ibom States will generate 200 jobs with Nigerians taking 80 per cent of the jobs and expatriates take 10 per cent.
Similarly, he said 200 workers would be employed in the construction of the 4-kilometre Township Road in Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State with 10 per cent of the jobs to be done by expatriates and 90 per cent by Nigerians.
He added that the rehabilitation of Billiri-Filiya-Taraba State Border Road in Gombe State would generate 300 jobs with 90 per cent for Nigerians and expatriates making up the remaining 10 per cent of the workforce.
Highlighting the scope of works to be covered in each of the projects, Fashola gave extensive details of the procurement processes which he said began under the 2018 Appropriation with newspaper advertisements in July 2018.
He said this culminated in the certification and issuance of a Due Process Certificate of “ No Objection” for each of the 10 Projects by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).
He went on to defend the decision of the government to borrow monies to fund its various projects in the country.
“Where do we get the money,?” Fashola queried. “It is not from President Muhammadu Buhari’s salary or the National Assembly’s salary; we are talking about quantifiable, substantial billions of naira that need to be spent to pay.”
The minister added, “That is how you move money around the economy because once you pay the contractors, they order sand, cement, iron rods.
“They don’t keep all those things. Where the money stops, supply stops.”
Fashola gave assurance that the government would continue to improve the economic wellbeing of the people through infrastructural development in the country.