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FG increases contract sum of Enugu-Onitsha Road by N5.4bn



The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the augmentation of the cost of the rehabilitation of Enugu -Onitsha road by N 5 . 4 bn .The decision was taken at the weekly meeting of the council presided over by the Acting President , Yemi Osinbajo , at the Presidential Villa , Abuja .

The Minister of Power , Works and Housing , Mr . Babatunde Fashola, told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that the cost was increased to N 15 . 7 bn from N 10 . 3 bn .

Fashola said the augmentation was meant to accommodate erosion control measures and drains on the road .

He explained that the contract which was first awarded in 2012 was part of the roads captured as Umanna- Udi Agu – Ebenebe – Amansi – Awka- and spurring to Umumba Road, Section 2 in Enugu State.

The minister said , “ The contract was awarded in 2012 covering Enugu to Onitsha highway .

“ Because of the lack of appropriate budgeting and funding , all of these projects could not be completed and there were also failures in implementation , so we inherited it .

“ There was also the need to provide for erosion control measures and drains and that have led to the revision of the cost .

“ It was that revision to enable us to complete the road project that was presented , discussed and approved by the council today ( Wednesday ) . ”

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Earlier , the Minister of Information and Culture , Lai Mohammed , had said Fashola’ s memo was the only one that “ survived ” at the meeting .

“ His memo was the only one that survived and his memo was for augmentation of an existing road contract , ” he said .