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FEC approves N5.5b for secretariat, dam projects

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, approved a revised estimates of N3.9billion for the completion of the federal secretariat projects in Anambra, Bayelsa, Nasarawa, Osun and Zamfara states.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fasola, joined by his Information and Culture counterpart, Lai Mohammed, told newsmen that the variation became necessary owing to the cost of materials which had altered significantly since 2011 when the projects started and that the government was poised to complete them.

“The variation was for N3.975 billion total for all the five. They are handled by different contractors, but each wanted a variation and the total sum of variation came to N3.975 billion. We sought council’s approval and it was granted, so the old contract price of N13,565,621,307 has now been increased to N17,541,456,168.

“These secretariats are necessary to enable us house federal workers in these states. The problem arose from the creation of new states as, during assets sharing, some of the old states took the whole secretariats.

“So, our staff in those states, across all federal ministries, are either in rented premises for their work or are squatting in state government premises.

“For example, my ministry has controllers in all the 36 states; controllers for works, controllers for housing. These are some of the people, apart from other ministries who have staff in those states,” Fashola explained.

Also, FEC approved N1.5 billion for the rehabilitation of the Lower Usuma Dam Water Treatment Plant Phase II project in Abuja.

FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, who briefed newsmen, said council okayed the contract awarded to a private firm, Cupero Nigeria Ltd, with a completion period of 12 months.

He explained that “the contract was originally awarded at N1,017,979,566, the additional N1,510,206,066 approved by FEC brings the total contract sum to N2,528,187,633.’’


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