Nigerian govt. okays N5.6bn for Apapa Wharf, Abuja-Kaduna Roads

The Nigerian government on Wednesday approved N4.131 billion for the Apapa Wharf road works.

Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the council also approved N1.58 billion for the 165km Abuja-Kaduna stretch.

He said the two projects were ratified by the council because they were done under emergency circumstances.

He said: “The first was the Abuja- Kaduna highway. Recall we had to immediately do palliative works in order to support the closure of the Abuja airport runway which necessitated diversion of traffic to Kaduna. At that time we didn’t have FEC’s approval, we only had anticipatory Presidential approval as prescribed under the law for emergency works.

“The second one was with respect to the Apapa Wharf road. Recall that there was a recent presidential order for 24 hours, and that put pressure on an already detoriating road. I also went to handover that road sometime in June under the public private partnership structure between Julius Berger, Flour Mills, NPA and the ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

“To start construction on that first phase of the road, Council approved and ratified works that we had conducted on Abuja-Kaduna highway and also terms and conditions upon which we handed over the Apapa road.

The Nigerian government on Wednesday approved N4.131 billion for the Apapa Wharf road works.

Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the council also approved N1.58 billion for the 165km Abuja-Kaduna stretch.

He said the two projects were ratified by the council because they were done under emergency circumstances.

He said: “The first was the Abuja- Kaduna highway. Recall we had to immediately do palliative works in order to support the closure of the Abuja airport runway which necessitated diversion of traffic to Kaduna. At that time we didn’t have FEC’s approval, we only had anticipatory Presidential approval as prescribed under the law for emergency works.

“The second one was with respect to the Apapa Wharf road. Recall that there was a recent presidential order for 24 hours, and that put pressure on an already detoriating road. I also went to handover that road sometime in June under the public private partnership structure between Julius Berger, Flour Mills, NPA and the ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

“To start construction on that first phase of the road, Council approved and ratified works that we had conducted on Abuja-Kaduna highway and also terms and conditions upon which we handed over the Apapa road.

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