The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved 21 million euros for the purchase of two tug boats for towing of maritime vessels, and another N703 million for dredging of the turning base of the Baro river port in Niger State.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, announced this while briefing State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari. Also, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, announced that FEC approved the construction of an 80 meter, fivespan bridge in Karu, Nasarawa state, for N719 million with a completion period of two years. He said it was a constituency project of the River Basin Authority, being that the River Basins had responsibility for rural development across the country.
The minister said the contract was awarded to Messr Biara Concept Nigeria Ltd. Adamu also said that another contract worth N1.36 billion for the construction of a dam and irrigation project in Gwaranda, Bauchi state to Forest Engineering Nig. Ltd., with a two-year completion period, was approved by FEC.
He said it was also a constituency project in the area. Similarly, Information Minister, Lai Mohammed said a memo submitted by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs for the Oron – Calabar section of the East West Road, was approved, adding that FEC directed the minister, Usani Usani, to speed up re-negotiations with the contractor for immediate resumption of the construction of the section. Mohammed also said that the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, presented a memo for $60 million on behalf of Imo state for the construction of some rural roads to improve linkage between agriculture and industrialisation.