Nigerian govt approves N5.6bn for Apapa Wharf, Abuja-Kaduna roads

Nigerian govt approves N5.6bn for Apapa Wharf, Abuja-Kaduna roads
July 26 22:08 2017

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N4.131 billion for the Apapa Wharf road works, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said.

Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting in Abuja, Fashola said the the council also approved N1.58 billion for the 165km Abuja-Kaduna stretch.

He said the two projects were ratified by the council because they were done under emergency circumstances.

He said: “The first was the Abuja- Kaduna highway. Recall we had to immediately do palliative works in order to support the closure of the Abuja airport runway which necessitated diversion of traffic to Kaduna. At that time we didn’t have FEC’s approval, we only had anticipatory Presidential approval as prescribed under the law for emergencies works.

“The second one was with respect to the Apapa Wharf road. Recall that there was a recent presidential order for a 24 hours, and that put pressure on an already detoriating road. I also went to handover that road sometime in June under the public private partnership structure between Julius Berger, Flour Mills, NPA and the ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

“To start construction on that first phase of the road. Council approved and ratified works that we had conducted on Abuja-Kaduna highway and also terms and conditions upon which we handed over the Apapa road.

“The project is at the cost of N1.58 billion for the 165 km Abuja Kaduna Stretch where we did mainly parching of potholes to make the roads motor-able during the closure of the Abuja airport. The Apapa project is N4.131billion.”