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FEC okays N19 bilion for Abuja, Oyo, Kano roads

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved N19 billion for roads in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Oyo and Kano states.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting in Abuja, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said his ministry presented a memorandum for the award of three roads in Igboho-Oloko-Agbonle in Oyo State and Gulu to Yaba town between Abuja and Niger State as well as Sharada to Maidobi and Danbaure in Kano State.

“Council approved these roads for N7.249 billion for the first one in Oyo, N7.593 for the second one in Niger/FCT and N4.510 for the third one in Kano,” he explained. He disclosed that the gathering also sanctioned N523 million for the completion of Efalaye-Erimo-Iwaraja highway linking Ekiti and Osun states.

His words: “The Ministry of Works presented two memos, and the first memorandum was to approve the change of rates with respect to the Efalaye-Erimo-Iwaraja road linking Ekiti and Osun states.”

According to Fashola, the ministry equally intimated council of the number of roads executed so far nationwide, adding that 524 of them were ongoing. He said 43 internal roads were being constructed in campuses of universities, 10 of which had been completed.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Cross River government to immediately end the ongoing violence in Boki Local Council of the state that has claimed unspecified number of lives, homes and properties.The clash between the neighbouring Nsadop and Boje communities, the Nigerian leader noted in a statement yesterday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, was regrettable. He stated that “no dispute or grievance is worth the violent snatching away of another person’s life,” urging peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

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