Africa: Nigeria’s govt. approves N79.6bn to dualise Odukpani-Itu-Ikot Ekpene Road, N7.2bn For Airports


Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N79.6 billion to complete the dualisation of the Odukpani-Itu-Ikot Ekpene Road in Akwa Ibom state.

According to, this was disclosed on Wednesday by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. He said the money is for the 26-kilometre Oku Iboku Power Plant to Abak section of the road. The contract has since been awarded to Messrs Sematech Nigeria Ltd and is expected to be executed within 16 months.

“This will help complete the dualisation gaps between the one awarded to Julius Berger and the section awarded to CCECC. When this is done, motorists in that area will have an option of the dual carriageway instead of the existing single carriageway.

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“And this is in recognition of the heavy cargo that passes through that area from the South-South to the North Central, Benue through Katsina Ala, to the South East, to Abia. It is a very important trade link for the country”, he said.

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Also speaking to newsmen after the FEC meeting on Wednesday, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the council also approved a memo to award N7.2 billion for contracts in favour of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, and Katsina Airport, Katsina.

Adesina said: “For Lagos, it’s for the expansion of the terminal building at domestic terminal GAT, for the sum of N2,817,579,271.99. For Katsina Airport, its expansion of the Katsina Airport Apron was awarded at N527,353,693.12. There is also the expansion of Lagos Cargo Apron Area awarded at N1,982,943,242.81; expansion of Abuja Domestic Apron Area at N795,976,947.94; and finally, expansion of Kano Apron Area at N1,059,120,234.37.”

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