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Council approves N176 billion for additional work on Lagos-Ibadan road

The Federal Executive Council in Nigeria has approved contract for the rehabilitation of the second phase of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at the cost of N176.503 billion.

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, stated this after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Fashola said the contract for the 84km-section, awarded to Messrs Reynolds Construction Company, RCC, at N96billion initially was revised by N80.199billion to take the total cost to N176.503billion.

The major component is the change of the type of bitumen, the polymer modified bitumen, the swamps that have been encountered, the depth of the design for the road, which is 1100mm, roughly 43inches of reconstruction from base. As you might know the road is being expanded from two to three lanes on both sides, the Minister explained.

He said toll plazas and services would also be constructed on the roads, pointing out that these were to accommodate changes that have taken place when the road was constructed, including universities, places of worship and businesses.

Approves N38.034billion for section of Ninth Mile-Onitsha Road

Fashola said the Council also approved the award of N38.034billion for the rehabilitation of the 72km Ninth Mile-Orakam Section of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway in South East Nigeria.

He said the contract was also awarded to RCC, which has been working for government on that road.

According to him, the contract would facilitate the connection to the Enugu-Onitsha-Amansea Section, which was already under construction.

Remedial intervention

The Power, Works and Housing Minister said council also approved remedial intervention in four roads.

He said the roads were parts of Jebba-Mokwa Road in favour of CGC for N1.079billion; the Ijebu-Ijesha-Ekiti State Border Road in favour of Time Building Construction Company for N538.400million; emergency repairs of the Ijebu-Ijesha-Ekiti State Border Section Two in favour of Invest Right Ltd for N562.554million and the rehabilitation of failed sections of Asaba-Illah-Edo State Border Road in favour of Messrs Setraco Ltd for N830. 3million.

According to Fashola, these four roads formed part of the 44roads for which the ministry had previously received approvals, while the remaining 40 had been dealt at the ministerial level because of the amount involved.

The council also approved the sum of N120.025million for the procurement of 50 gas circuit breakers for the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

Fashola said the circuit breakers were useful in managing flow of electricity during rainfall.

Other approvals given to the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing were those for the rehabilitation of Ile Bridge in Osun State at the sum of N2.54billion; and the repair and rehabilitation of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos at the sum N18.874billion.

Water resources.

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said his ministry got approval for the N6.12billion and Euro25.3million for the settlement of the contract for the Gurara Dam and associated works in it.

He said the dam was completed in 2007 but was not put to use.

Source: Voice of Nigeria