The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N49 billion being the revised reimbursement for the old Enugu-Onitsha road project.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, announced this on Wednesday while briefing State House correspondents after the Council.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the meeting in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Fashola said his ministry sought and obtained two approvals from the Council.
“We presented two memoranda to Council and Council approved both.
“The first is regarding contract cost revision by way of augmentation for the old Enugu-Onitsha road from Opi junction to Udi-Oji to Anambra border in Enugu State.
“The augmentation was N17 billion. This revised the contract sum to N49 billion with an additional completion time of 42 months,” the minister said.
The second contract, according to him, is a fresh contract for the maintenance of the pavement of the third mainland bridge in Lagos.
The maintenance, he said, will address public concerns about the presence of potholes on the bridge.
He said Council approved N6.3 billion for the contract for a period of 24 months.
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“This is in accordance with Executive Order 11 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari for the continued maintenance of public infrastructure.
“This contract responds to the questions on potholes that have become manifest on the entire pavement of the bridge.
“The potholes span 11 kilometres and interchanges at the Adeniji Adele, Adekunle and Gbagada ramps that all link the bridge.
“This is for the resurfacing of all that.
“Those familiar with the bridge will recall that these failures did not manifest on the bridge as at the time we did some works.
“The work that we did, concentrated largely on the sub-structure of the bridge – the piles, the underwater piles; the pile caps and the replacement of the expansion joints and the bearings.”
According to Fasola, maintenance works are critical to the structural integrity of the bridge.
“The maintenance work will restore the driving surface and the aesthetics.
“So, some of the rails that have been stolen, the planes that have misaligned at the ramps that lead on and off the bridge, this is the work that is being done now.
“All the experience of avoiding potholes on the bridge, this project will tackle that,” the minister said.
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