The federal government has approved the sum of N36.118 billion for the construction of a double carriage bridge from Oju/Loko-Oweto Bridge over River Benue to link Loko (Nasarawa State) and Oweto (Benue State).
Minister of Information and Communication, Labaran Maku, disclosed this while briefing journalists after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting which was presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“The contract was awarded to Messrs Reynolds at the sum of N36.118,910,405.94, with 48 months completion period,” he said. “When completed, it will reduce the heavy traffic on the Abuja-Lokoja Road. It will cut two hours off from Abuja to Enugu. It is a strategic road for North Central, South East and South South zones.”
The Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, also brought a memo to the council seeking the ratification and president’s approval for the direct procurement of two A30 Sea Princess Boats with back up spare parts and training of crew member for the Nigeria Customs Services (NCS).
Maku explained that the Marine Unit of the NCS was established to complement other law enforcement agencies in checking various forms of smuggling along the Nigerian waterways and creeks. But over the years, the Marine Unit has not been adequately equipped, and almost half of the boats in its fleet are now completely grounded.
“In order to re-invigorate the unit, council ratified the president’s approval, for the direct procurement of two A30 Sea Princess Boats with back up spare parts and training of crew members, in favor of Messrs John Holt Plc, in the sum of N270,000,000.00 only, inclusive of all taxes and charges, with. Delivery period of six weeks,” he said. (daily times