Why There’s Been A Delay In Delivery Of Road Projects – Fashola

 

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has explained the reason why there has been a delay in delivery of road projects across the country.

Speaking during the Federal Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, he noted that while approval by the council is one challenge, funding is another major challenge.

He further stated that other challenges encountered by the government bother on lack of co-operation by the communities and payment of compensation.

The minister again noted that there’s a pending amount of N10 billion as unpaid compensation for the second Niger bridge amongst several others.

Meanwhile, he denied reports that there are currently about 20,000 abandoned projects across the country.

N169.74bn Road Projects To Be Completed In Four Years, Says FG

N169.74bn Road Projects To Be Completed In Four Years, Says FG
A file photo of Mr Babatunde Fashola.

 

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).

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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).

FG Releases List Of 69 Ongoing Road, Bridge Projects In South-East

 

The Federal Government has released a list of 69 ongoing road and bridge projects in the South-east.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, in a statement signed by his aide Segun Adeyemi on Monday, said though the contracts for many of the roads were awarded before the advent of the current administration, they were either poorly funded or not funded at all, which is why the projects lingered.

The Minister, however, explained that the 69 roads and bridges which are spread across the five states in the south-east are now in different stages of completion.

According to him, funds were provided from budgetary allocations, the Sukuk Bond and the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund.

He said the government is also looking into the possibility of using a part of the recovered looted funds for the development of infrastructure across the country.

See the list of projects as well as a state-by-state breakdown of the total amount below.

 

S/NZoneProject TitleData of AwardLocationName of ContractorContract
Sum (N)
ABIA
1South EastConstruction of Nkporo-Abiriba-Ohafia Road in Abia State C/No. 6130########ABIADutum Construction Nigeria Limited2,739,105,600.20
2South EastRehabilitation of Umuahia-Bende-Ohafia Road,C/No. 5821 in Abia State3-Oct-05ABIANiger Construction  Limited2,093,033,385.88
3South EastRehabilitation of Bende – Arochukwu – Ohafia Road Section IIABIAHartland Nigeria Limited199,475,325.00
4South EastRehabilitation of Bende – Arochukwu – Ohafia Road Section I in Abia State11-Jul-18ABIAHartland Nigeria Limited5,490,680,078.33
5South EastEmergency Repairs of Failed Section in Umuahia-Ariam-Ikot Ekpene Road8-Feb-18ABIADesak Construction Coy Nigeria Limited156,469,825.05
6South EastConstruction of Ahiakwu-Amangwo-Umuahia-Ngwa-Ngwa Road in Abia State C/No. 6094########ABIALa Ann Engineering Nigeria Limited589,554,307.65
7South EastRehabilitation and Reconstruction of Enugu-Port Harcourt Dual Carriageway Section I: Lokpanta-Umuahia Tower (CH. 61+000-CH. 120+500) in Abia State. C/No. 6208########ABIASetraco Nigeria Limited39,548,900,597.79
8South EastRehabilitation and Reconstruction of Enugu-Port Harcourt Dual Carriageway Section II: Umuahia Tower-Aba Township Rail/Road Bridge Crossing (CH. 120+500-CH. 176+600) in Abia State. C/No. 6209########ABIAArab Contractors Nigeria Limited50,892,770,722.04
9South EastConstruction of Olokoro-Isiala-Oboro-Nnono Junction Road in Abia State C/No. 6091########ABIABok Company Nigeria Limited515,315,493.00
10South EastConstruction of Olokoro-Aluaukwu-Itaja-Okwu-Obuohia-Ikwuano Road C/No. 6063########ABIARhas Nigeria Limited990,673,340.00
11South EastConstruction of Abriba-Arochukwu-Ohafia Road in Abia State, C/No 6158########ABIABeks Kimse Nigeria Limited2,265,982,372.50
12South EastConstruction of Ohafia-Oso Road in Abia/Ebonyi States, C/No 6160########ABIAUniglobe Construction Engineering Limited2,293,965,030.00
ANAMBRA
13South EastLimited Rehabilitation of Umana-Ndiagu-Ebene-Amansi Awka Express Road,C/No. 5874 in Anambra State########ANAMBRAMaster Holdings Nigeria Limited734,039,288.90
14South EastRehabilitation of Onitsha bound Carriageway of the Onitsha-Enugu Road (Phase II, Section I) in Anambra State, C/No. 5929A3-Dec-09ANAMBRACCC Construction Nig. Limited4,613,734,090.35
15South EastConstruction of the Main works including Associated Infrastructure for the Second Niger Bridge linking  Anambra and Delta States C/No.64754-Jul-18ANAMBRA/
DELTA
Julius Berger Nigeria Plc206,151,693,014.87
16South EastEmergency Repairs of Existing Niger Bridge at Onitsha/Asaba in Anambra/Delta States C/No 62066-Aug-13ANAMBRA/
DELTA
Matiere-Johnson Consortium Limited8,005,181,313.52
17South EastConstruction of Ihiala-Orlu Road in Isseke Town-Amafuo-Ulli with Spur (Ihiala-Orlu-Umuduru Section) in Anambra State, C/No. 622030-Oct-13ANAMBRATomline Nig. Ltd.711,888,234.75
18South EastConstruction of Ikemba Drive Spur on Oba-Okigwe Road Through Permanent Site of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital in Anambra State C/No. 621830-Oct-13ANAMBRAJireh Hibitation International Services Nig  Ltd.625,690,820.37
19South EastRehabilitation of Oba-Nnewi Road section I in Anambra State, C/No. 5986########ANAMBRACCC Construction Nig. Limited3,794,656,941.08
20South EastRehabilitation of Oba-Nnewi-Okigwe Road Route 429 Section II: Anambra/Imo States Border-Ibinta-Okigwe Road, C/No. 5986A5-Jun-09ANAMBRABullettine Construction Limited2,572,473,142.28
21South EastConstruction of Oseakwa Bridge in Anambra State, C/No. 60436-Oct-09ANAMBRAHorizon Construction Co. Ltd896,863,529.10
22South EastRehabilitation Of Spur From Onitsha-Owerri Road To Okija-Ihembosi-Afor Ukpor-Ebenator-Ezenifite In Nnewi South LGA in Anambra State C/No 6112########ANAMBRAFfordiac Engineering Company Limited1,786,546,349.60
23South EastRehabilitation of Dual Carriageway and Roads from Upper Iweka to Zik Roundabout and Dual Carriageway from Amawbia Roundabout – Amansea Bridge in Anambra State30-Oct-13ANAMBRAIDC Construction Limited10,636,799,741.81
24South EastRehabilitation of Otoucha-Ibaji-Nzam-Innoma-Iheaka Ibaji Section of Otoucha-Ibaji-Odulu-Ajegwu Road in Anambra State, C/No. 60243-Dec-09ANAMBRANiger Construction Limited7,173,909,755.40
25South EastRehabilitation of Ekwulobia-Oko-Ibinta-Nnobi with spur to Isuofia and Nanka Road,C/No. 5904 in Anambra State4-Apr-07ANAMBRAMaster Holdings Nigeria Limited1,872,132,617.25
26South EastRehabilitation of Okija-Oguta-Imo State Border (19km) Route 406 (F. 228) in Anambra State, C/No. 60589-Feb-10ANAMBRARoudo Nigeria Limited599,926,404.00
27South EastEmergency Repairs of Ihiala-Orlu-Umuduru Road8-Feb-18ANAMBRASamchase Nigeria Limited98,541,899.25
28South EastRehabilitation of Igwe Ilika-Eke-Uke Road Idemili North LGA, in Anambra State C/No. 6244########ANAMBRAFractal Construction Nigeria Limited980,435,032.50
29South EastConstruction of Omor-Umulokpa Road in Anambra and Enugu States, Section I: km 0+000 – km 6+500, C/No. 6277########ANAMBRA/ENUGUArrays Global Services Limited979,889,663.45
30South EastEarly Works IV (EW IV) of the 2nd Niger Bridge project linking Anambra and Delta States, C/No. 6296########ANAMBRA/DELTAJulius Berger Nigeria Plc14,446,010,410.16
EBONYI
31South EastRehabilitation of Abakaliki-Afikpo Road Section I: Abakalilki-Onueke-Abomega Road in Ebonyi State, C/No. 5989########EBONYIUniglobe/Bullettine Construction Limited2,987,774,166.30
32South EastEmergency Repairs of Abakalike-Oferekpe Road Due To Erosion8-Feb-18EBONYIKemmasphere Reality Company Nigeria Limited99,996,911.74
33South EastRehabilitation of Abakaliki-Afikpo Road Section II: Abomega-Afikpo Road in Enugu State, C/No. 5989A########EBONYICCECC Nigeria Limited3,500,000,000.00
34South EastConstruction of Nnenwe-Uduma-Uburu Road. Section I (26.27km), and Section II: Spur to Ishiagu-Mile 2 Road(14km), Enugu/Ebonyi States C/No. 6148########EBONYI/
ENUGU
Setraco Nigeria Limited11,603,191,818.53
ENUGU
35South EastRehabilitation of Enugu bound Carriageway of the Onitsha-Enugu Road, Phase I of Section I), C/No. 5929 in Anambra State6-Apr-09ENUGUCCC Construction Nig. Limited7,351,344,974.40
36South EastRehabilitation of Old Enugu – Portharcourt Road (Agbogugu-Abia Border Spur to Mmaku) C/No.6458########ENUGUSetraco Nigeria Limited13,933,953,708.62
37South EastRehabilitation of Inyi-Akpugoeze to Anambra Border  C/No.6461########ENUGU/
ANAMBRA
Anbeez Services Limited2,695,755,677.42
38South EastEmergency Repairs of  Onitsha-Owerri  Road8-Feb-18ENUGU/IMOIIC Construction Co. Ltd423,850,665.00
39South EastUmulungbe-Umuoka-Amokwu Ikedimkpe Egede-Ojieyi Awhum Road C/No.6459########ENUGUIDC Construction Limited6,245,100,307.91
40South EastRehabilitation of Amugo Uno-Oriemba Market-Amugo Isiorji Onuani Road in Enugu State C/No 622130-Oct-13ENUGUBeks Kimse Nigeria Limited850,575,495.00
41South EastConstruction of Oji-Achi-Mmaku-Awgu Road With Spur To Obeagu-Ugbo in Enugu State, C/No. 6269########ENUGUGolden Construction Company Limited994,661,294.55
42South EastRehabilitation of 9th Mile-Enugu-Port Harcourt Dual Carriageway in Enugu/Abia States, C/No. 6018########ENUGUCCC Construction Nig. Limited9,675,130,731.00
43South EastRehabilitation of Ozalla-Akpugo-Amagunze-Ihuokpara-Nkomoro Isu-Onitsha(Enugo-Onitsha) Road with spur to Onunweke In Enugu State
C/No. 6078
########ENUGUArab Contractors Nigeria Limited6,796,939,488.99
44South EastConstruction of Ugwueme-Nenwenta-Nkwe-Ezere-Awgunta-Obeagu-Mgbidi Nmaku Road Project Enugu State. Contract No. 6293########ENUGUIDC Construction Limited14,693,277,138.75
45South EastRehabilitation of 9th Mile-Orokam Road in Enugu State  Contract No.6290ENUGURCC Nigeria Limited38,034,539,413.79
46South EastRehabilitation Of Enugu-Port Harcourt Road Section III: Enugu-Lokpanta in Enugu State C/No.6251########ENUGUCGC Nigeria Limited32,317,082,596.26
47South EastRehabilitation of Onitsha-Enugu Dual Carriageway Section II (Anambra State Border- Enugu) in Enugu State, C/No. 5988########ENUGUNiger Construction Limited7,251,451,515.00
48South EastRehabilitation of Oji-Achi-Maku-Awgu Ndeabor Road in Enugu State, C/No. 60373-Dec-09ENUGUMaster Holdings Nigeria Limited4,805,288,034.75
49South EastRehabilitation of Oji-Achi-MMaku-Awgu Ndeabor Road Section I in Enugu State, C/No. 64764-Jul-18ENUGUSetraco Nigeria Limited11,558,069,376.90
50South EastRehabilitation Of Outstanding Section Of Onitsha-Enugu Expressway: Amansea- Enugu State Border in Enugu State, C/No. 6266########ENUGURCC Nigeria Limited24,243,308,789.82
51South EastRehabilitation of Nsukka-Obollo-Ikem-Ehamufu-Nkalagu Road in Enugu State, C/No. 59623-Dec-09ENUGUMife Construction Nig. Limited6,446,051,729.71
52South EastConstruction of Ogrute-Umuida-Unadu-Akpanya-Odoru Road in Enugu/Kogi States, C/No 6170########ENUGUP.W. Nigeria Limited12,951,207,018.75
53South EastRehabilitation of Umana-Ndiagu-Agba-Ebenebe-Amansi Akwa with spur to Umumba Road Section II (Umana Ndiagu-Umunba/Nkwa-Ezeagu express Obelegu section) in Enugu State, C/No 6169########ENUGUCGC Nigeria Limited10,370,810,187.53
54South EastConstruction of Aguobu-Owa-Mgbagbu Owa-Ebenebe (Anambra State Border) with Spur to Awaha-Oyoha-Oyofo-Iwollo Road in Enugu State, C/No 6153########ENUGUCoduc Nigeria Limited3,035,439,907.50
55South EastCompletion of the Limited Rehabilitataion of Umuna-Ndiagu-Agba Umuna-Ebenege-Amasi Awka Express Road with Spur from Umuna – Ndiagu (Agba-Ebenebe) Section I in Enugu State, C/No. 6194########ENUGUMaster Holdings Nigeria Limited995,369,082.81
56South EastConstruction of Nenwe-Nomeh-Mburubu-Nara Road with spur to Obeagu Oduma Road in Enugu State C/No. 6317########ENUGUArab Contractors OAO Nigeria Limited6,437,166,957.38
57South EastRehabilitation of Akpasha (Umuatugbuoma)-Obijioffia, Amodu Road in Nkanu West LGA in Enugu State, C/No. 6315########ENUGUSlok Nigeria Limited3,278,317,359.89
58South EastRehabilitation and Asphalt Overlay of 2.2km Internal Roads at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka Campus, Enugu State########ENUGUQumecs Nig. Limited124,726,901.18
IMO
59South EastRehabilitation of Owerri-Umuahia Road with Road About at Imo in Imo State, C/No. 60609-Feb-10IMOBolive Nig. Ltd199,758,174.00
60South EastRehabilitation of Owerri-Umuahia Road Section I, II & III Imo/Abia States, C/No. 61269-May-12IMOZerock Construction Nigeria Limited4,207,774,864.51
61South EastRehabilitation of Oba-Nnewi-Okigwe Road Route 429 Section II: Anambra/Imo States Border-Ibinta-Okigwe Road, C/No. 5986A5-Jun-09IMO/ANAMBRABullettine Construction Limited2,572,473,142.28
62South EastRehabilitation and Asphalt Overlay of 1.72km Internal Roads, including Construction of Reinforced Concrete Drains at The Federal University of Technology Owerri########IMOProcon Construction Nigeria Limited124,914,441.08
63South EastConstruction of Mbaise-Ngwa Road with Bridge at Imo River, Phase I in Imo/Abia States, C/No 6157########IMOMangrovetech Nigeria
Limited
2,943,534,543.18
64South EastConstruction of Ikot Ekpene Border-Aba-Owerri Dualisation Road, Section I, Phase I (11.26Km from Owerri End) in Akwa Ibom/Abia/Imo States C/No 6155########IMOArab Contractors OAO Nigeria Limited3,780,988,125.00
65South EastRepairs of Mbaise-Umauahia Road8-Feb-18IMOCity International Dimension Construction Limited102,545,783.88
66South EastRepairs of Owerri-Okigwe Road8-Feb-18IMOLion Unisco Limited127,253,148.75
67South EastRepairs of Owerri-Onitsha Dual Carriageway (Route No.25A)8-Feb-18IMORahama Civil Works Nigeria Limited229,982,151.00
68South EastEmergency Repairs of  Onitsha-Owerri  Road8-Feb-18IMO/ANAMBRAIIC Construction Co. Ltd423,850,665.00
69South EastRehabilitation of Amanwaaozuzu-Uzoagba-Eziama orie Amaohia Road in Imo State, C/No. 6234########IMOVic Phranc Nigeria Limited1,275,747,419.10

PHOTOS: Ambode Inspects Pen Cinema Reconstruction, Other Road Projects

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured Lagosians that the Pen Cinema, Agege Flyover will be ready in about 10 months. 

He said this on Tuesday during an inspection of the construction sites in the company of key members of his cabinet.

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Fashola Urges Nigerians To Protect Power Equipment

FasholaThe Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has identified major factors preventing Nigerians from enjoying uninterrupted and regular power supply.

Vandalising power supply equipment across the nation, creating stumbling blocks in the way of power lines, blowing up of gas pipelines as well as litigations in courts over power projects are some issues the Minister listed.

Mr Fashola made the observation after inspecting the distribution sub power station in Pankshin, Plateau State, where equipment at the substation have been vandalised by hoodlums.

The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing led by the Minister and accompanied by officials of the ministry have been going round the nation on verification and inspection in order to take stock of the situation of Nigerian roads and the various power projects across the country.

The Minister had earlier been conducted round the ongoing construction of an overhead bridge along Yakubu Gowon Way before proceeding to the sub power distribution station where the act of vandalism has slowed down the pace of work and thus affected distribution of power.

The Minister appealed to Nigerians to guard power installations in order to have regular and adequate power supply.

While on a courtesy visit to the Plateau State Governor, the Minister equally warned Nigerians to desist from wasting the available energy with an advice that energy should be preserved especially during the day.

As the Minister and his entourage continue the tour and monitoring of facilities under the ministry, it is expected that the findings and subsequent recommendations would eventually translate to adequate power supply as well as good and safe highways.

Fashola Inspects Power Station, Road Projects In Benue

FasholaThe Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has begun an inspection of ongoing projects across the country with a view to ensuring budgetary provision for them in the coming year.

Mr Fashola told journalists in Makurdi that he was inspecting the Apir power plant of the Transmission Company of Nigeria along with officials of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, in order to ascertain its level of operation in the state.

After inspecting the control room of the power plant, he said that the federal government would give priority attention to the project in the 2017 budget.

The delegation also visited the State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, where the Otukpo-Enugu highway was one of the issues discussed

The Minister was expected to also inspect the Makurdi-Lafia federal highway as the team leaves for Nasarawa State to round off his trip to the north central states.

 

Obiano Reiterates Commitment To Infrastructural Development In Anambra

obianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has reiterated his commitment to infrastructural development in the state, assuring the resident of Orumba North and South Local Government Areas that his administration will continue with road projects in the area.

During a tour of the communities in the Local Government Area, Governor Obiano said the Anambra State government had spent over 47 billion Naira on road construction in the area within the past eight and half years.

Communities in Orumba North and South Local Government Areas are seen as the food baskets of the state, but the needed good roads to move their produce from their farms to the markets in the cities are lacking. The government is looking to provide good roads in the area to aid transportation of goods.

The Governor made a stop over at Mbaukwu in Awka South Local Government Area to sympathise with a domestic fire accident victim, Mr Friday Alagbo.

He said the state government would offset the hospital bills, but warned citizens to be careful in handling flammable materials, even as the state government had commenced with revamping the state’s fire fighting system.

At Ezira, in Orumba North Local Government Area, the reception was heartwarming, giving way for the people to solicit state government assistance to tackle poor road in their local government.

A Local Government Chairman highlighted some of their achievements in line with the vision of the state government as contained it its economic blueprint.

Governor Obiano, addressing the people, assured them that the construction of the 11.3 kilometer Ezira-Umuonyia-Achina road, which connects Orumba South to Aguata, would soon begin.

Obiano urged the people to continue supporting his political party, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), as the 22 billion Naira already spent on road infrastructure in the local government would only be a tip of an iceberg.

The Governor also visited Ajalli, in Orumba South. Addressing a gathering of residents, Governor Obiano said that over 25 billion Naira had been spent on road construction in addition to interventions in schools, hospitals and other key sectors.

He also urged the people to give APGA candidates total support in the forthcoming elections, to maintain the tempo of good governance in the Local Government Areas.

 

NIGER DELTA: Communities Celebrate 9 Years Of Capacity Building

Some communities in the Niger Delta are celebrating 9 years of consistent development and capacity building by Chevron Nigeria Limited, through their Global Memorandum Of Understanding, GMOU.

The GMOU which was signed with 8 communities in 2005 has seen almost a decade of empowerment of member communities in 5 states funded by Chevron.

The community leaders say over 600,000 people in about 400 communities have benefited from the initiative under which over 91 million dollars has been expended.

Contractors Disappear From 2 Billion Naira Road Project In Awka

The Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has directed all contractors handling road and bridge projects across the state to accelerate pace of work for timely completion of such projects.

The call was as a result of the absence of contractors at the Okpuno – Achalla road project.

Governor Obi was at Okpuno-Achalla to inspect the ongoing road construction at Okpuno-Urum-Isuaniocha-Achalla road in Awka North Local Government Area.

He expressed dissatisfaction with the way the designated contractor was handling the project.

Among the projects inspected was the 20 kilometer stretch of Okpuno to Achalla road flagged off in early November. The construction of the road project is said to cost the state government over two billion Naira.

However, the contractors commissioned to handle the project and fully mobilised were nowhere to be found.

The governor read the riot act to all contractors handling any project across the state. He demanded that they should be more aggressive in the execution of the projects to meet the expectations of the government and the benefitting communities.

At Obizi Bridge at Isiagu – Umuawulu road, Awka North Local Government Area, work was ongoing and the contractor was on ground supervising the construction.

The governor, while inspecting the quality and extent of work done, said the project would be providing the first access road to all the communities in the area. He also explained that government would be executing other major projects in the area including the civil servants estate which would be flagged off soon.

The bridge is 35 metres long and construction costs 350 million Naira for construction due to the difficult terrain in Isiagu.

 

Niger Government To Speed Up On-going Projects

The Niger state government has promised to complete all on-going projects in the state before the tenure of the present administration expires in 2015.

The state commissioner for information, Professor Yahaya Kuta made this promise while leading community leaders and journalists on an inspection tour of some of the projects across the state.

The first port of call for the inspection team is the proposed headquarters of the Niger state emergency management agency. The building is expected to house all relevant disaster management agencies in the state.

The team also inspected two housing estates in Bida and Mariga where the permanent secretary in the state’s ministry of land and housing told the team that the estates will help reduce the housing deficit in the state.

Several other projects were also visited by the team, as the state government has vowed not to leave any project uncompleted by the end of the tenure of the present administration.

The commissioner appealed to the residents in the state to take ownership of the projects in their areas by ensuring that they are vandalised.

Kwara Govt. Awards N2 Billion Contract For Road Projects

Kwara State Government has awarded contracts for the construction of three major road projects and an additional work on an on-going project at a cost of over N2 billion.

The State government also approved over N357million for the purchase of medical equipment for the five general hospitals currently at an advanced state of remodelling and rehabilitation.

The state’s Commissioner for Works and Transport, Dr Abubakar Amuda Kannike and his health counterpart, Alhaji Kayode Abdul Isa announced made all these major developments known during the post State Executive Council Meeting press briefing.

Dr Kannike identified the approved road contracts and amongst them are the 18.6kilometre Arandun-Rore-Aran Orin-Ipetu road at the cost of over N1.5 billion with a 12 month completion period, beginning from this month, 1.8kilometre Umar Audi road which was awarded at the cost  of N434.388.69.30 with a 6-month completion schedule.

According to Dr Kannike, the State Executive Council also approved the additional contract on the Dangote-Offa Garage road project to cover the remodelling of the bridge on the road in order to avert possible danger that the present state of the bridge portends, adding that the construction of the collapsed bridge on pipeline road at the cost of over N200 million was also approved.

The Works commissioner added that the Executive Council has expanded the level of project inspection and monitoring by relevant ministries, agencies and departments in order to ensure that projects are executed to specification and on schedule.

The Commissioner for Health, Kayode Issa in his remarks said the five general hospitals to benefit from the over N357 million equipment purchase contract are those in Ilorin, Share, Offa, Omu-Aran and Kaiama.

Imo State Govt.To Revoke Unexecuted Contracts

The Imo State Government has vowed to revoke contracts from contractors who do not deliver their job on time as stipulated in the contract agreement between the parties.

The Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development; Mr Uche Nwosu disclosed this during a scheduled inspection to some state government’s monumental projects within Owerri, the Imo State capital.

He said it has come to the notice of the state government that some contractors after mobilization by the Government do not move to site as at when due, which in turn delays the completion of the project.

He said apart from the economic importance of these projects, they are also aimed at providing job employment to the unemployed youths in the state. He however warned all contractors to go back to site immediately to prevent any breach of contract.