The Federal Executive Council (FEC), yesterday, approved over N809.7 billion for various projects including a change of scope for the construction of the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano highway.
Among the items approved by the council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja also are the purchase of fire fighting vehicles and equipment and the development of an application for design, development, deployment, and management of the National Social Investment Management System for the National Social Investment Programme.
Briefing correspondents at the end of the meeting, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said Council approved the road, which was undergoing renovation, would now be completely reconstructed, thereby changing the existing cost of the project form N155 billion to N797.2 billion.
Speaking on the memo he presented to the Council, he said: “The memo was with respect to the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano highway, which was to change the scope of works form rehabilitation previously awarded, because many parts of the pavement had deteriorated, to full reconstruction of two lanes on both sides.
He listed the roads rehabilitated, which would soon be handed over to include: Benin-Asaba, Abuja-Lokoja, Kano-Katsina, Onitsha-Aba, Sagamu-Benin, Kano-Maiduguri, Enugu- Port Harcourt, Ilorin-Jebba and Lagos-Badagry.