The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday in Abuja approved N995million for road rehabilitation and procurement of an information and communication device that would enhance highway management system for roads across the country.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, speaking to newsmen after a Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari said that “that N203 million of the amount would be expended on the procurement of an information and communication device while the remaining N792 million was meant for rehabilitation of roads in Zamfara.

The Ministry of Works and Housing presented two memoranda to the Council. The first was a memorandum for a contract for the design and deployment of a contract performance and compliance for highway and road access management system for N203,845,332.59.

“This is an information and communication technology device being procured by the ministry in order to improve its capacity to monitor not only contract performance, but also maintenance of these roads and to empower not only its 36 Comptrollers of the states in the federation but also the six Zonal Directors, to improve our service delivery.”

On the Information Communication Technology (ICT), the minister said it would enhance the monitoring of the many roads spread across the country, which are at various stages of construction or rehabilitation.

“The importance of deploying ICT now would perhaps better be appreciated when it is understood that we have over 13, 000 kilometres of road network at different stages of construction or rehabilitation as at the end of Dec. 2020.

“Those 13, 000 kilometres are manifest in over 700 different contracts.

“It’s so complex that some of these roads are so long. So, you have five different contractors for example, we have five contractors handling the Kano-Maiduguri, same for Benin-Lokoja.

“So, we have different contracts to monitor and manage. We will deploy ICT there and at full deployment, citizens will also become our army of reporters providing us with information so that we can respond more quickly.

“This will be a web-based reporting and monitoring system.”

Fashola also said the council approved N792 million in as payment for a road damaged by heavy rainfall in Zamfara State in 2016.

“The rain washed out Gumi bridge, washed out Daki-takwas, Kebbi to Sokoto State border, Gusau to Talatu Mafara to Sokoto border”.

He said the contract was awarded under the public procurement act in emergency situations as provisional contracts.

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