21 million Euros has been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the purchase of two tug boats for towing of maritime vessels and N703 million for dredging the turning base of the Baro river port in Niger State. Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation made this announcement whilst briefing State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting supervised by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister of Water Resource, Suleiman Adamu mentioned that FEC approved the structure of an 80 meter, five-span bridge in Karu, Nasarawa State for N719 million to end after a period of two years. According to him, it was a constituency project of the River Basin Authority being that the River Basins had responsibility for rural development across the country. He also mentioned that the contract was awarded to Messr Biara Concept Nigeria Ltd.
Adamu stated that another contract worth N1.36 billion for the construction of a dam and irrigation project in Bauchi State was awarded to Forest Engineering Nig. Ltd. with a two-year completion period was also approved by FEC.
The Information Minister Lai Mohammed mention that a memo was submitted by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs for the Oron-Calabar section of the East West Road has been approved. FEC ordered the minister Usani Usani to hasten the re-negotiations with the contractor for instant resumption of the construction of the sector.
Mohammed mentioned that the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun presented a memorandum for $60 million on behalf of Imo State for the construction of some rural roads to develop linkage between agriculture and industrialization. According to Mohammed, the idea was to develop the rural roads to take advantage of the bumper harvest to reduce poverty and assist in bringing down the cost of food and he explained that the rural roads construction was a World Bank plan.