The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday in Abuja approved N29.7 billion for the execution of road and water projects in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
These include the construction of a dual carriage way linking Abuja and Kaduna through the Lower Usman Dam area of Abuja and the provision of water in parts of the Asokoro Extension in the capital city.
The Minister of FCT, Sen. Bala Muhammad, who made this known while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the weekly FEC meeting which was chaired by Vice-President Namadi Sambo said the projects were part of government’s statutory responsibilities to the people.
He said the projects were meant to provide complementary infrastructure in the area where more than N100 billion worth of investments would be put in place through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programme.
“Companies are coming to provide primary infrastructure in the areas and it is our own statutory responsibility or legal obligation to provide the complementary services like water and other infrastructure.
“Buildings are already coming up there. We are accessing private investment to the tune of N100 billion (there),” the minister said.
According to the minister, the road project which is part of the Lower Usman Dam project part II, will run through Bwari to Gurara, having earlier completed the first phase of the project at the cost of N13 billion.
He said the road project would gulp N28 billion, while the water project would cost N1.7billion.
“Council has agreed to approve this road and it is expected to run from Dutse Alhaji to access the northwestern part of the country through Kaduna as well as provide creating easy access to the lower Usmanu Dam project within the FCT.
“The project is costing N28billion, with a completion period of 24 months as well as cross cutting advantages of making sure that we provide complementary services such as housing, agriculture and water supply,” he added.
It was learnt that only 14 ministers attended yesterday’s meeting; a development the FCT minister said is of no consequence as the FEC has no need for a quorum to deliberate on issues.