Ecological: Imo, Abia to benefit from FG N14.9bn for projects in states

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Ecological problems in Imo State

IMO and Abia states are among those to benefit from the N14.9 billion approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the execution of 11 ecological projects located in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, told journalists at the end of FEC’s  fifth virtual meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari that the approval followed a memorandum presented by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF).

He said that with the memorandum FEC sought approval for the award of contract for emergency procurement of the third and fourth quarters 2019, ecological projects, acceleration intervention projects in favour of 11 contractors for N14,907,754,845.”

According to him, “the first is a gully erosion control at Ogige-Uruala-Chikabi-Ajibara in Isikwuato Local Government Area of Abia for N896,959,169.75, with a completion period of six months.

“The second is erosion control and road improvement works at Ezeoke-Nsuelime, Mbano LGA of Imo for N965,196,290, with the completion period of 11 months.

“Then there is a dredging of Tejuoso-NTA Canal, Railway Stadium via Alaka Estate, Surulere, in Lagos State, which has been awarded for N1,892,006,000, with a completion period of 12 months.

“We have the construction of the three kilometres trapezoidal drain at Oluomo, Orile-Ifo by Abe-koko, at Odo-eran in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, which is for N1,067,051,000.”

The minister revealed that N4.5 billion would be expended on the shoreline protection and reclamation works for Emadike Phase 2 in Bayelsa State while N1.47 billion would also be spent on the construction of road and drainage network within Mobupolo area of Maiduguri Metropolis, Borno State.

“There is the flood and directional control works in Gashau and Nguru Local Government Areas Phase 2 in Yobe State for N1,169,900,074.

“The eighth is the Yanwari-Daji erosion control works in Tsafe  LGA of Zamfara State for N701,313,563.

“There is flood control and road improvement works at Nasarawa-Egon LGA of Nasarawa State for N931,754,123.

“Another gully erosion and road improvement works is at FCT College of Education, Zuba, FCT, Abuja, for N542,296,835.”

Mohammed further disclosed that N773.5 million was approved for the ecological works at the National Hospital, Central Business Area, Garki, AMAC, Abuja.

On water, the minister stated the council approved the appointment of a consultant to supervise the smooth takeover of the Farin-Ruwa Multi-Purpose Dam in Nasarawa at the cost of N294 million.

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