08 November 2019

The Federal
Executive Council (FEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday
in Abuja approved N58.488 billion for the construction of Bida-Sachi-Nupeko
road and Nupeko-Patigi bridge across the River Niger.

Briefing reporters
at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting, the Minister of Works and Housing,
Babatunde Fashola, said the road and the bridge would link Kwara and Niger
states to facilitate movement between South-west and North-central.

According to him,
the project, which was first awarded in 2013 without the bridge, would be
completed in 30 months.

“FEC approves
the contract for the construction of Bida-Sachi-Nupeko road and the
Nupeko-Patigi bridge across River Niger, linking Nupeko and Patigi in Niger and
Kwara State.

“The project
is to link Niger and Kwara together and facilitate connectivity from South-west
to the north central and the north of Nigeria.

Fashola said it is
an old contract that was awarded in 2013, but was terminated for
non-performance, and revaluated.

“It didn’t have a bridge then. So, we have added the bridge now, approved for 58.488 billion and is expected to take 30 months,” he said.

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