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Government approves N9.6bn for 11 ecological projects in Abuja, nine states

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 approved N9.6 billion for 11 ecological intervention projects across the country.

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Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria

Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, made this known when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the council’s meeting held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said that the ecological projects are in Lagos, Oyo, Ondo, Cross River, Adamawa, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kaduna and Niger states, as well as Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“Eleven ecological intervention projects were approved at a total sum of N9, 600,415, 324.

“These projects are spread out as follows; jetty facilities in Lagos, flood and erosion control in Oyo town, erosion control of flooded areas/road improvement in Owo, Ondo state, erosion of flooded areas in Akanka Local Government Area of Cross river State.

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Others are road and storm water drainage at the Federal College of Education, Yola, Adamawa, road and bridges at Dutsen Saki village in Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State, flood and erosion control at Kazaure, Jigawa State and intervention at main campus Phase II site of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.

“The projects also include erosion and flood control at Kontagora Local Government Area, Niger State; gully erosion and road improvement at Army Post Service Estate Kurudu, Abuja; and erosion and flood control at Asharawako, Kwali Area Council Phase II Abuja.”

The presidential spokesman further revealed that the council approved the purchase of three incinerators at the cost of N267.5 million for the National Agency for Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC).

According to him, the environmentally friendly incinerators would help the agency in the destruction of fake drugs.

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The Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Suleiman Hassan, said that N3.4 billion was approved for furnishing of three Federal Secretariat complexes in Anambra, Zamfara and Bayelsa states.

He added that N331.2 million for the rehabilitation of some bridges in the North East zone of the country.

“The council approved two memos. The first one is the furnishing of the federal secretariat complexes in three states of the federation, Akwa in Anambra, Gusau in Zamfara and Yenagoa in Bayelsa at the cost of N3.48 billion.

“It is the duty of the Federal Ministry Power, Works and Housing to provide decent accommodation for federal agencies and other offices in various states of the federation to make their works are made easier and more comfortable for better results.

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“So, these three complexes have been completed and ready for commission before the end of the year.

“The council also approved the rehabilitation of some broken down bridges in the North East Region that were destroyed by insurgents at the cost of N813.4 million.

“The first is on the road between Maiduguri, Dikwa and Gamboru. The second is at the famous Limankara, there is a bridge there that links Maiduguri to Dama, Goza, Hong and Yola at the cost of N331.2 million.’’

The minister revealed that the contract was awarded to Sappers Engineering Ltd., a company belonging to the Army Corps of Engineers.

“Why we gave to Sappers Engineering is because of the security concerns, no civil contractor will want to go there because of insecurity,’’ he explained.

By Ismaila Chafe

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