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Nigerian Government Approves N52.97bn for Education, Works, Housing, and Aviation Projects



Muhammadu Buhari

Federal Government has approved the sum of N52.97bn for various projects in the ministries of Education, Works and Housing, and Aviation.

This announcement was made by the respective ministers during the weekly Federal Executive Council Meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.

News About Nigeria gathered that the approved projects include the completion of Phase 2 of the 2.6km-long Uto Bridge in Ikenke, Delta State, the construction of the National Library of Nigeria headquarters building complex in Abuja, and the procurement and installation of radar signaling equipment in nine airports across the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of his counterpart in the Ministry of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the approval was sought for a revised estimated total cost of a contract for the completion of Phase 2 of Uto Bridge in Delta State. The project, which was awarded in 2006, will now be completed with a revised budget of N5.84bn inclusive of 7.5% VAT.

The Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Opiah, also revealed that the Council approved a memo for the revised estimated contract cost to complete the construction of the National Library of Nigeria headquarters building complex in Abuja at a total cost of N32.4bn.

Furthermore, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, stated that the Council approved a total of N1.97bn for the procurement, installation and commissioning of quadrac voice and data/radar signals recording solutions in nine airports nationwide. The Council also approved the bilateral air service agreement between Nigeria and South Africa.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Abubakar, said the Council approved the construction of a 10-storey office complex for the ministry in Abuja’s cadastral zone.

These projects are expected to create job opportunities for Nigerians and improve the country’s infrastructure, which has been a priority of the current administration. The government’s commitment to investing in critical sectors of the economy is a positive step towards achieving sustainable development in the country.