FCT gets N5.9bn approval for projects

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The sum of N5.9 billion has been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday for the Federal Capital Territory to fund three projects.

This information was disclosed by the Minister of the FCT, Mallam Mohammed Bello, to newsmen after the week’s meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Bello said: “During today’s Federal Executive Council meeting, I presented three memos, two of which were on infrastructure and the other was for the purchase of needed equipment to make the city safe.

“The first was for a contract to rehabilitate the road leading to the Federal Integrated Staff Housing Estate in Apo, Abuja and that contract was approved at the sum of N2.3 billion with a completion period of 24 months.

“As you know, the Federal Integrated Staff Housing Estates are being constructed in some locations in Abuja under the office of the Head of civil Service of the Federation and these estates are intended to provide needed accommodation to federal civil servants.

“The second infrastructure project relates to the contract for the construction of an access road and car park for the Abuja light rail station at ring road II otherwise known as Kukwaba station, which you see on the airport expressway immediately after the city gate near the Kukwaba recreation park under the Ministry of Aviation.The contract was approved for N3.6 billion, with a completion period of 18 months.

“The intention is that by the opening of that road, that railway station can be made functional and then commuters can use the station either when they visit the national park there or they want to have access to the Kukwaba district,” he said.

Speaking further, Bello noted that the third contact approved for his ministry was that of the purchase of two towing vehicles and crane for use by the Directorate of Road Traffic Services at the sum of N3.072 million.

“The third is for the purchase of two heavy duty tow vehicles with mounted crane for the Directorate of Road Traffic Services otherwise called Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), under the FCT and that particular contract was approved at a total sum of N3,072,466,000 with a duration period for the supply put at six weeks,” he added.

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