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The Federal “Executive Council (FEC) approved the sum of N58.48 billion for the Bida-Saachi-Nupeko Road project and the Nupeko-Pategi Bridge project, which links the states of Niger and Kwara.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, revealed this while informing the correspondents of the State House after the FEC meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Wednesday at the Presidential Village, Abuja.

He said it was an old contract, which was terminated and reviewed.

“You heard the project involved, the Bida-Saachi-Nupeko road, and we have joined the bridge – the Nupeko-Pategi bridge over the Niger River, to link Nupeko in Niger and Pategi in the state of Kwara.

“And it also facilitates southwestern connectivity to central north and northern Nigeria.

“It is an old contract, and in fact, it was awarded in 2013, it was terminated for breach, it was reassessed.

“I didn’t have a bridge then; we’ve added a bridge now; approved now for N58. 488 billion, and it’s expected to take 30 months.”

Fashola, who answered questions from House of Representative’s correspondence about the state of roads across the country, said the rainy season hindered the construction and rehabilitation of roads.

He said it was not peculiar to Nigeria as cities had submerged and infrastructure had been destroyed in other parts of the world.

The minister said that what Nigeria experienced in 2019 was unusual, as it was not a good time to be in the transportation system.

“We also want this season to end quickly so we can return to work during dry weather. And that brings me to the preparation for the end of the year; You know we have the development of embers.

“The team has already started working; we will be working with FRSC; We will also work with our contractors.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The plan is that in places where they have not yet been built, they must make palliatives so that the movement of heavy traffic during the end of the year is manageable and reduces the inconvenience of travelers to a minimum,” he said.