The federal government has approved N115.4billion for the dualisation of the Kano-Kazaure-Kongolam highway in Katsina State from a single carriageway to a dual carriageway.
Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday after the federal executive council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
According to him, the project which covers 131.4 kilometers is expected to be completed within 48 months.
He said, “the Ministry of Works and Housing presented a memo for the dualization of the Kano-Kazaure-kongolam highway. 131.4 kilometers from a single carriageway to a dual carriageway.
“So, Council approved that proposal at a cost of N115,425, 896,907.15 kobo over 48months.
“The instructive thing is that the financing will be done by the Tax Credit Scheme of Bua International Limited. And they will use Messrs PW Construction Nigeria Limited, a company in which they have acquired some interest to undertake the construction.”
During his briefing, the minister of transport Rotimi Amaechi said his ministry presented two memos that had to do with the contract for sundry consultancy services for the supervision of the various railway projects in the country.
He said the consultancy services were approved with a total cost of $183.7 million for the contractors including GIX Engineers Infrastructure Excellence/Yaroso & Partnership Ltd, Core Consulting Engineering Plc. That’s for Abuja to Warri,
According to him” remember that we have about three railway projects that are yet to start construction and they include the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri, Kano-Maradi and then the Abuja-Warri,”
“For the consultancy services for supervision of Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Railway, with branch lines to Bonny Deep Seaport and Port Harcourt Industrial Park and then to Owerri. We have Kyari Consults SDMBHD/Jamood Global Services Limited at $97.5 million. The first one is $38.4 million.
“Consultancy Services for the supervision of Kano-Katsina-Jibia-Maradi Rail-line to TEAM (Technics Engineering Architecture Marketing Nigeria Limited) and that is for $47,670,000 million. All of them are for 36 months.
“The second one is that the cabinet approved a concessionaire agreement for the Ministry of Transportation to concession the Onitsha River Port to a company called Universal Elysium Consortium. They are to manage the river port for 30 years.”
On her part, Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor said the council approved an Energy Transition Plan for the country and a waste battery management policy for Nigeria.
She said “This memo was presented as a plan for Nigeria to achieve net-zero carbon emission, the Minister said, noting, “this will set out the pathway for Nigeria in achieving this.”
“It will create a lot of jobs in the circular economy for Nigeria and at the same time protect the health of Nigerians to make sure that hazardous waste like waste batteries are properly disposed of with regulations, including recycling in Nigeria as well.
She said her ministry also presented to Council, a report on the last COP 26 (the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference) which Nigeria attended, and the country’s plans for COP 27 going forward.
Minister of State for Health, Olorunimbe Mamora said Council also approved the award of contract for consultancy services to facilitate the building of the corporate headquarters of the National Health Insurance Scheme in Abuja.
He said, “the need has become inevitable to expand what is on grand to improve the operational efficiency of that agency, which is the National Health Insurance Scheme and happily, the Council considered the memo approved same.”