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FEC approves N72.9 billion contract for Apapa road

FEC approves N72.9 billion contract for Apapa road

The Federal Executive Council ( FEC) Wednesday approved N72.9b contract to ease the traffic problems on the very busy road.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed announced this on Wednesday while briefing State House Correspondents shortly after the weekly FEC meeting prided over by President Muhammmadu Buhari

This is just as he blamed Senate President, Bukola Saraki for the problem the All Progressive Congress ( APC ) had suffered since 2015 when the party came to power

According to him” If were not a member of the APC, the party and the government it leads could not have suffered more than they had already done, with regards to the delay in passing the budget, approving key appointments and so on”

“In other words, Saraki has behaved all along as a member of the opposition, deliberately slowing down the progress of the APC-led federal government.

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“It is therefore neither a surprise nor a blow that he has defected. Perhaps the only surprise is that when he eventually defected, it was a mere whimper!

“If we didn’t gain by having our member as Senate President, we stand to lose nothing by losing him.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the ministry secured the approval for the reconstruction of Creek Road, Tin Can Island, Beachland Estate right through to Oworonshoki all the way to the Lagos end of the Toll gate end of Lagos – Ibadan expressway.

The road was first constructed in 1975 under the regime of former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, as part of first port expansion undertaken then in 70s by the federal government.

The road which had fallen into serious state of disrepair was built to evacuate cargoes out of Lagos without running through the spines of the city.

Fashola announced that the section of coconut bus stop to Mile 2 constructed by the previous administration will be excluded from the current construction arrangements

“ First, it will be done through PPP model. The constructing company will be the Dangote group. It will be financing that construction to the tune of N72.9 billion as certified by PPP.

“Another instructive thing to note is that this is the fist full reconstruction of that road since it was constructed at about 1975. All previous efforts had been to repair damaged sections. So, it is going all the way to reconstruct the road”

The third thing to note in the entire construction is that it involves procurement of 27.8 kilometres made up of 10 lanes – five lanes on both sides – three on the main carriage way, two on service lanes.

“So, essentially, you are constructing about 79.8 linear kilometres and that also include drainage and use of extensive cement work and rehabilitation of bridges.

“We expect contractors to move to site. This is our own long term solution to the problem contributed by the road congestion there. This will provide enduring solution to what is currently being experienced by commuters.