12—Vanguard, THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 FG approves N47bn for Aba-PH, Ota roads repair By Johnbosco Agbakwuru A BUJA—THE Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday, approved contracts of N47 billion for road projects in the country, including the redesign and reconstruction of Aba/Port Harcourt section of the Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway. FEC also approved the dredging of Port Harcourt Seaport and provision of navigational aids for Escravos in the sum of N13 billion. Urhoghide to FG: Don't ignore Danjuma’s call for self defence By Gabriel Enogholase B E N I N — CHAIRMAN of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, has advised the Federal Government not to discountenance the call by former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma (retd), to Nigerians to defend themselves against attack Briefing State House correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting presided over by the Vice President at Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said that the contract for the Aba-Port Harcourt section was N6.3 billion. He explained that the section of that expressway needed such attention because it had persistently failed as a result of regular storm waters and high water-level of the area. by herdsmen, but should study the import of the statement. He spoke with newsmen in Benin City, Edo State, yesterday while reacting to sundry issues affecting the country. He said: “First and foremost, General Danjuma is a citizen of this country and of course his rights and privileges are completely protected by provisions of our The other contracts were for the rehabilitation of Babanlamba-Sharam in Plateau State at a cost of N19.2 billion and the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Road for N22 bllion, bringing the total cost of this particular 81-km road to N56 billion. He said: “The Ministry of Power Works and Housing presented three memoranda. One was for the Babbam Lamba Sharam Road in Plateau State for the the construction of 44.265 kilometers road for N19.392 billion . “The second was for the 81 kilometers Lagos/Ota/ Abeokuta road which was constitution, his fundamental rights are protected, so he is entitled to his opinions. “It is another thing to consider the merit of the statement. But I want to say that as a responsible Nigerian, General Danjuma’s statement cannot be discountenanced. A government worth its salt should investigate the full import of such statement first awarded in year 2000 and it has since been uncompleted because there were no budgetary positions for it. “Trying to move the contractors back to site when this administron came necessitated the revision of the rates. So those revised rates were brought to Council today (yesterday) and a revision on N22 billion was approved for the 81 kilometer road bringing the total contract price to N56.701 billion." “The third approval was for section four of Enugu Port Harcourt road. The part and see how relevant it is with respect to contemporary happenings in Nigeria when it comes to the question of insurrection and insurgency. “Government should look at it more closely because this is somebody who is not overtly partisan, he is an objective and responsible citizen of this country, so he knows what he is talking about.” between Aba particularly and Port Harcourt that has been problematic and has failed severally. We have a contractor there but we needed to change the design because of the storm water drainage needs and the high water table there, so that the road does not fail."
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