N5.49 Billion approved for Federal Secretariats, FCT Dam projects

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a total of N5.49 billion for revised costing of federal secretariat projects in five states of the federation and a dam project in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola explained that the contract for the construction of the Federal Secretariat was approved in 2011 for N13. 565 billion.

The Minister said the variation based on the current realities on ground was N3.975 billion for the buildings in five states, thereby increasing the total contract sum to N17.541 billion, Vanguard reported.

 “What we have is a memo on the public housing side of our ministry. We applied to Council to revise the estimates and total cost of files of 16 contracts because the cost of materials had altered significantly since 2011 when these projects started and we want to complete them and these are the federal secretariat projects in Anambra, Bayelsa, Nasarawa, Osun and Zamfara states”, Fashola said.

“These secretariats are necessary to enable us to house federal workers in these states. The problem arose from the creation of new states, in 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 official premises for their work or squatting in state government premises. “For example, my ministry has Controllers in all the 36 states; Controllers for Works, Controllers for Housing”, he added.

On the rehabilitation of the Lower Usuma Dam Water Treatment Plant Phase Two, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Mohammed Bello said the Council approved an additional N1.5 billion for the project which was initially awarded at the cost of N1,017,979,566.

“In the meeting of today, the council approved a very important infrastructure project for the city of Abuja. And that project is the rehabilitation of Lower Usuma Dam Water Treatment Plant Phase Two at the sum of N1,510,206,066. “And the contract was awarded to a company calls Cupero Nigeria Ltd with a completion period of 12 months”, Bello said.

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