The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday approved N109.4billion for the construction of Ibadan – Ilesha–Ife and Kano–Katsina (Phase two) dual carriageways.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this when he briefed State House Correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa.
He said N79.8billion of the amount would be expended on the Ibadan – Ilesha – Ife dual carriageway, while the remaining N29.6billion was for the construction of phase two of the Kano – Katsina dual carriageway, starting from Gidan Mutun Daya to Katsina Rolling Mill, Katsina.
Mr Fashola said the Ibadan – Ilesha – Ife road project when completed would connect Oyo and Osun states.
“This is a 78 km stretch approved at the sum of N29.654 billion. That road is a 172 km road linking Kano and Katsina road from Kano.
“It was a single length highway until it was awarded in 2013 by the previous administration in phase one,’’ he said.
The Minister explained that the road project, which was inherited from the previous administration, was expanded into a dual carriageway.
He said that N200.176billion was also approved for construction of link-roads, connecting the second Niger Bridge to Asaba and Onitsha.
“Secondly, for the link-road that connects the second Niger Bridge to Asaba and Onitsha. The Asaba link-road was awarded to Julius Berger and the Onitsha link-road was awarded to RCC Construction at the total cost of N200.176 billion.
“So, it is this administration that completed the design and we now awarded them, so that you can have a bridge that has link-roads.
This was awarded initially under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and the bridge in 2010 administration, he added.
The Minister of State, Education, Mr Emeka Nwajuba, who also spoke on the outcome of the meeting, revealed that the Council approved N915 million for the construction of Faculty of Environment at the University of Abuja.
Another N918million was also approved for the construction of the Faculty of Education at the same University.