The federal government has approved the change of scope for the construction of Abuja-Kaduna-Kano highway.
Minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa.
He said the road, hitherto undergoing renovation, would now be completely reconstructed, this changing the existing cost of the project from N155 billion to N797.2 billion.
He said: “I presented on behalf of the ministry of works and housing, one memorandum and one report. The memo was with respect to the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano highway, which was to change the scope of works form rehabilitation previously awarded because many parts of the pavement had deteriorated, to full reconstruction of two lanes on both sides.
“The council considered and approved the request for that change of scope and the incidental cost consequence; changing the existing contract for N155 billion to N797.236 billion to provide for full reconstruction of the main carriage way, trailer parks, way bridges, toll stations and additional side lanes in the built-up areas across the FCT, Niger Kaduna and Kano States, which are all served by the road and this was approved by council for the same contractor.”
He listed the roads rehabilitated, which would soon be handed over to include Benin-Asaba, Abuja-Lokoja, Kano-Katsina, Onitsha-Aba, Sagamu-Benin, Kano-Maiduguri, Enugu- Port Harcourt, Ilorin-Jebba and Lagos-Badagary.
During her briefing , the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development Sadiya Umar Farouk said council approved the award of contract for the design, development, deployment, and management of National Social Investment Management System for the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
According to her, this system is going to be used to take care of the issues of N-Power Programme, N-SIP Programme, National Cash Transfer Programme, as well as National Home Grown School Feeding Programme.