By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
The Federal Government, Wednesday, approved contracts for port facilities worth about N2 billon. It also approved N318 million for forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The Minister of State for Transport, Senator Gbemisola Saraki said that the approval was given at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja .
The FEC also approved the appointment of consultants for consultancy work on the expansion of the Abuja-Kano expressway.
Briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said that the Council approved the sum of N867.2 million for engineering design of an additional lane on the Kano – Abuja highway.
He said: “The Ministry of Works and Housing presented a memorandum to appoint a consultant for the engineering design of the additional lane for the Abuja-Kano highway for the sum of N867.263 million.
“The Council approved that memo for the work to be executed in five months.
“Abuja-Kano is already under construction, it was awarded in December 2017 but we now reviewed that project, giving that the road was built in the early 90s and the traffic that has grown there now so as we are doing the construction we might expand the carriage way from two lanes each way making four, to three lanes each way making six lanes.
“So, we have to design an additional lane on both sides comprising of 365 kilometers each way and we have to also make a new design for about 66 bridges across the entire length so it’s the consultant that will do that design that was approved today.”
Also, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswil Akpabio, disclosed that FEC has approved a contract of N318 million for engagement of lead consultant for the forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Briefing newsmen after the weekly Council meeting, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, disclosed that the lead consultant for the NDDC audit as Olumuyiwa Bashir and Co.
Akpabio recalled that the audit was ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari following the complaints to him by nine governors of the Niger Delta States in October 2019.
He stated that the interim management of the NDDC would collaborate with the lead consultant, which is expected to divide audit into nine lots, one per state, and hire nine forensic auditors to check the books of the Commission.
Akpabio affirmed that the audit would cover the period between 2001 and 2019.