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



The Federal Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N29 billion for the 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 in Abuja, shortly after the FEC meeting.

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

“The first is Balle/Kurdulla to Niger Republic border road in Sokoto; it is in favour of Messrs North Sea limited joint venture with Ceasar Engineering, at N9.57 billion. The 46 kilometres project is to be completed within 24 months.

“The second one is for Kunya to Niger Republic border phase two which is in Jigawa State at the sum N19.76 billion.

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

“It is also  for the 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 for business and other activities. (NAN)