FEC approves N29bn for roads to Niger Republic borders from Sokoto, Jigawa

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of 29 billion construction of roads from Sokoto and Jigawa to borders of two states in Niger Republic borders.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja, shortly after the FEC meeting.

The meeting, which lasted over eight hours, was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The first is Balle/Kurdulla to Niger Republic border in Sokoto; it is in favour of Messrs Sea limited joint venture with Ceasar Engineering, at 9.57 billion. The 46 kilometres project is to be completed within 24 months.

“The one is Kunya to Niger Republic border phase two which is in Jigawa State at the sum 19.76 billion.

“The length of the roads is 50 kilometers and council considered and approved this memorandum on the justification that it is critical to executing our mandate under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and ministerial mandate, to improve infrastructure.

“It is also critical   enablement of business across borders, particularly now that we have taken an affirmative position on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, and the market in that area of the country does a lot of trade across borders,’’ he said.

According to the minister, the roads will be a good boost business and other activities. (NAN)