East-West Road: Buhari Orders Re-negotiation Of Contract Terms For Oron-Calabar Section

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Abuja – Issues regarding works on the East-West Road came up at the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting on Wednesday, prompting President Muhammadu Buhari to order review of contractual terms for the Oron-Calabar section.

He also directed that they speed up completion of the road, especially as the rains set in.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, gave the indication when he briefed State House Correspondents on the outcome of the meeting.

“Council directed the Minister of Niger Delta to speed up re-negotiations with the contractors to ensure immediate resumption of the completion of that phase of road,” he said.

Meanwhile, FEC approved that Imo State be included in the French Development Agency (FDA) credit of $60 million for scale up of the Second Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP II).

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, presented the Memo at the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The National Assembly had, in the 2010 External Borrowing Plan of government approved FDAs credit facility of $60 million to implement RAMP in Imo State.

Adeosun said the development objectives of the project, like the first phase (RAMP I), is to improve transport conditions and bring sustained access to the rural population, through rehabilitation and maintaining key rural transport infrastructure in a sustainable manner in Imo State.

Lack of accessibility, caused by highly deteriorated transport infrastructure, is key determinant of rural poverty and low agricultural productivity.

The project is designed around three components: Upgrading, Rehabilitation and Maintenance of Rural Transport Infrastructure; Community-based road maintenance and mechanized maintenance; and Project Management and Strengthening of Imo State road sector Institutional, Policy and Regulatory Framework.

RAMP II is expected to achieve an improvement in reducing cost of transportation of both passengers and goods, access to health facilities and improved income from agricultural activities in the affected communities.

According to Minister of Water Resources, Sulaiman Adamu, Council approved the construction of an 80-meter expanded bridge in Karu, Nasarawa, Constituency project at the cost of N719 million with completion period of two years.

Council, he said, also approved another constituency project, the construction of earth dam irrigation scheme in Gwaranga in Bauchi State. The contract sum is N1.36 billion with completion period of two years.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said Council equally approved €21 million for the procurement of two tug boats for towage purposes on Nigerian waters.

It also approved the sum of N703 million for the dredging of water in Baro, in preparation of the readiness of Baro Port.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said Council approved Magami-Kwajali-Lingi Road connecting Bauchi and Kano, 58.9 kilometer road at the cost of N15.454 billion. It also approved the Phase II of Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga-Lagos-Makurdi Road.

“I need to stress that this is the section that comprises 16:0 kilometers which is the Lagos By-Pass and the Section that also comprises 251.7 kilometers from Ninth Mile through Otukpo to Makurdi. A total of 268.5 kilometers for $995,004.95.

The reason is that it is the Abuja -Keffi road, which was awarded in 2015, for which finance is now available.

So, this is the second phase for which the finance is not yet available but the award is the pre-condition to now get the loan from the China-Exim Bank, so that by the time work on the first phase finishes, we can seamlessly continue the second phase all the way to Makurdi.

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