The Federal Executive Council has approved over N82 billion for the completion of infrastructure projects within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

FCT Minister Mohammed Bello disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of Wednesday’s cabinet meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Bello said the approved contracts also include that of the rehabilitation of the Federal Secretariat Abuja.

He said: “I presented six memos and all have to do with infrastructure and infrastructure-related projects. The first one is for the revision of the contracts for the rehabilitation and expansion of the outer Southern Express Way to Ring Road I in the Federal Capital city. That contract was approved at a varied contract amount of N15, 125, 122, 967. It is expected that this contract would be completed within 24 months.

“The second project, which was also approved, is for the revised estimated cost of the contract for the construction of a 15-kilometre left-hand service carriageway of the outer surface of the outer Southern Express Way stage II. The augmentation of this particular project is in the sum of N11, 476, 476, 424, 350.

“The third memo is for the rehabilitation of phase I of the Federal Secretariat, which involves electro-mechanical systems, water systems as well as other general rehabilitation. This is a secretariat that was inaugurated in 1993, quite a long time ago so we are doing massive rehabilitation of that at a total sum of N8, 110, 665, 676.76 and the completion period is 24 months.”

The FCT Minister further disclosed that the other projects include those for the total overhaul of a 1500 KVA generating plant, for the Abuja Environmental Protection Board at the cost of N110 Million, an upward review of the contract sum for the extension of the inner Southern Express Way at the sum of N47.6 Billion as well as the review of the consultancy provision for the Independence and Constitution Avenue in the Central Business District of Abuja, at the coat of N131,4 Million.

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