Nigerian Govt approves N14.9bn in six States for ecological projects

11 projects were spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country
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Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

On Wednesday, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) authorised N14.9 billion to carry out 11 environmental projects across the country's six geopolitical zones.

This was revealed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, when at the end of the fifth virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, he briefed correspondents from the State House.

He said the approval followed a memo submitted by the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government (OSGF).

The minister said:

“In the memo presented on behalf of Mr President, by the Secretary to the Government, we sought approval for the award of contract for emergency procurement of the third and fourth quarters 2019 soil erosion, flood control and acceleration of intervention projects in favour of 11 contractors, in total sum of N14,907,754,845.’

According to him, the 11 projects were spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

He added:

“The first is a gully erosion control at Ogige-Uruala-Chikabi-Ajibara in Isikwato local government area of Abia State at the sum of N896,959,169.75, with completion period of six months.

“The second is erosion control and road improvement works at Ezeoke-Nsuelime, Mbaeno local government area of Imo State for the sum of N965,196,290 with the completion period of 11 months.

“Then there is a dredging of Tejuoso-NTA Canal, Railway Stadium via Alaska Estate, Surulere, which has been awarded for N1,892,006,000, with a completion period of 12 months.

“Then, we have the construction of the three kilometres trapezoidal drain at Oluomo, Orile-Ifo by Abe-Koko, at Odo-eran in Ifo local government area of Ogun State, which is for another N1, 067,051,000.”

The minister announced that N4.5 billion would be spent on shoreline protection and reclamation works for Phase 2 Emadike in Bayelsa, while N1.47 billion would also be spent on road and drainage network development in Borno State's Mobupolo region of Maiduguri metropolis.

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