FG approves N30bn for roads, linking Nigeria to Niger Republic

The Federal Government yesterday  approved a N30 billion contract for  the construction of two roads linking Sokoto and Jigawa States  to Nigeria’s borders with  Republic of Niger.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this to journalists at the end of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting  held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Fashola explained that the first contract of N9.5 billion was for the 47-kilometer road from Balle-Kurdella in Sokoto State while the second  contract was a  50-kilometer road from Kunya in Jigawa State will be executed  at a cost of N19.76 billion.

The  contracts, according to Fashola , were approved as part of strategies to implement the administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), to boost trade and economy, especially given the international commercial activities in those areas. He said that both projects were also important in achieving the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) goals.

In a related development, the FEC has also approved the extension of contract services for Kontagora irrigation project in Niger State by three years at a cost of N734.5 million.

Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, who briefed the press on the approval, said the project  begun  in 1987 but  was abandoned after some years.

Similarly , Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has  announced the approval of two contracts for  the refurbishment of the Abuja office of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) as well as the construction and equipping of  the AIB’s Training School, Abuja.

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