Babatunde Fashola

The federal government has approved N35.6 billion for reconstruction of roads and bridge in Nigeria, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said on Wednesday.

Fashola said this after this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting presided over By President Muhammadu Buhari.

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He said N8.9 billion of the amount was approved for construction of Ikom bridge and road in Calabar, Cross River.

According to him, the road and bridge, with completion period of 24 months, will create access to the port for trailers to move freely with their containers.

Fashola also told newsmen that N11.78 billion was approved for Nguru–Gashua–Balmari road in Yobe State, while N8.6 billion was approved for Ilorin–Kishi road in Kwara state.

The governor also said the Council approved N5.4 billion for another road project in Abia State.

He said, “The other project that was approved relates to power and this is the approval to procure at the request of the TCN an automatic meter reading machine and services – that will include the installation of equipment and also the training of engineers, auditors, IT engineers who will operate and maintain the system.

“The total installation period is 18 months, supply and installation.

“The cost is N933.7million and the purpose is to facilitate remote meter reading for wholesale.’’