…The FEC meeting was presided over by President Buhari
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) after its meeting has approved the sum of N3.9billion to complete five public housing existing projects.
It was revealed on Wednesday by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola after the FEC meeting.
According to Fashola, the five contracts are federal secretariats in Anambra, Bayelsa, Osun, Nasarawa and Zamfara states.
Following the approval, the minister said the sum changes the full contract amount from N13.56billion to N17.54billion.
“The cost of materials has altered significantly since 2011 when this project started, and we want to complete them.
“These secretariats are necessary to enable us house federal workers in these states. The problem arose from the creation of states. In asset sharing, some of the old states took the old secretariat.
“For our staff in those states across all federal ministries, either in rented or official premises for their work or squatting in state government premises,” Fashola said.
In the same vein, the Council also approved the renovation of a dam in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The FCT Minister, Muhammed Bello, who revealed this said the rehabilitation of the Lower Usuma Dam Water Treatment Plant Phase 2 would gulp N1.5billion.
The project which is to last 12 months would supply water for Abuja residents for the next 30 years.
“As you know, the Water Treatment Plant is a very important infrastructure project. The contract is to rehabilitate that treatment plant because it has been in operation for about 30 years.
“It all fits into Mr President’s agenda of providing needed infrastructure and also rehabilitating the already existing infrastructure,” he said.
The FEC meeting was headed by President Muhmmadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
The meeting began at exactly 10 AM, and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo was also in attendance.
Six ministers physically present included the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami; the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed.
Others included the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite; the Ministers of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola and FCT Minister, Muhammed Bello.
The Head of Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, and other ministers joined virtually from their various offices.
Also present is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd).