The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N39.771billion for road maintenance contracts in different parts of the country.
Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and presidential spokesman Femi Adesina briefed reporters after a virtual meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Fashola said the contracts, to be handled by the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), are part of the 191 road repairs it has to undertake in the 2020 budget.
He said: “The memorandum we presented today (yesterday) was on behalf of FERMA.
“During the meetings of the Economic Sustainability Committee set up to manage the impact of COVID, one of the responsibilities of FERMA is to execute extensive labour works on road repairs and the budget of 2020 was then amended to deal with COVID impact.
“As a result, FERMA then had a total of 191 road repairs, road rehabilitation, road intervention projects nationwide.
“Ninety-two of those projects have been awarded by FERMA at its threshold level. Eighty-nine of them have been approved by the ministry at the ministerial tenders board threshold level.
“So, all of those projects are now being issued letters of award, mobilisation, and others.
“There are 10 that require FEC approval because of their financial threshold level. Out of those 10 projects, three were presented.
“So, those three presented and approved by council was for Gasamu-Hamshi-Gogoram road in Yobe State for N14.528billion, the link road connecting Uneme-Tusamu-Odoga to Okpekpe in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State for N991.851million, and Mamabu Donga Local Government Area road in Taraba South Local Government Area of Taraba State to Wishchina Engineering Limited for N6.397 billion.”
Adesina said the approval was given for contracts for emergency procurement of first and second quarters 2020 soil erosion/flood and pollution control accelerated intervention projects to the tune of N17.8 billion, inclusive of 7.5 per cent VAT with various completion/delivery periods.
He gave the breakdown and delivery periods as follows: “Gully erosion and control along Ndam/Agbor road, Nnobi and Alor towns in Idemili/South LGA, Phase two, Anambra State (to Telesis Limited) N.495,878,764 – 18 months;
“Erosion and flood menace beside Yem Kem House along Oye-Ifaki road, Oye LGA (Strabic Construction Ltd.) N792,311,211.11) – nine months;
“Somolu/Bariga LGA/ Akoka/Ilaje community, Akoka-Lagos flood and erosion control project, Lagos State (Partibon Services Ltd.) N1.786,146,630.98 – 10 months;
“Gully erosion control at Egbo-Ideh community, Ugheli South LGA, Delta State (Harris & Dome Nigeria Ltd.) N1,328,306,924.00 – 24 months;
“Gully erosion control and road improvement work in Darazo LGA, Bauchi State (Powerhill Construction Ltd.) N3,897,577,627.79 – 24 months;
“Gully erosion control works at Ladanal community, Nasarawa LGA, Kano State (U.Y.K. Nigeria Ltd.) N1,337,681,584.69 – eight months;
“Devastating effect of gully erosion in Gboko township, Benue State (Gaffar Worldwide Resources Ltd.) N1.503,970.714.83 – 12 months;
“Erosion and flood control works in Wase and Bashar towns, Wase LGA, Plateau State (Global Legend Integrated Concept Ltd.) N1,687,162,328.95 – 14 months;
“Gully erosion control and road improvement work along Plot 1398, off Kainji Crescent and Katampe Extension, FCT, Abuja (IMB Corporate Synergy Ltd.) N555,569,610.76 – six months;
“Soil erosion, River channelisation and slope protection within Maitama District (Phase II, FCT, Abuja (Masarki Nigeria Ltd.) N1,887,495,486.63 – 12 months;
“Supply and installation of 12 nos. on site flameless/smell-less incinerator (50kg/he) for the national blood transfusion centres in some federal medical centres and teaching hospitals (Black Wheel Multi-Links Ltd.) N823.677,900.00 – six months;
“Supply and installation of six numbers containerised incinerators (250kg/her) for the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) one in each geo-political zone (STJ Integrated Resources Ltd.) N658,938,450.00 – six months.”
– The Nation