Abuja - The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday in Abuja approved over N430.5billion for the construction of 17 roads and bridges across 15 states of the federation.
The Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, stated this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said that the projects which were meant to further enhance the ongoing transformation of the nation’s road sector would create about 13 600 jobs, improve economic growth and general lives of the people in the affected states.
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"These new projects that have been awarded today, approved by the council, are all provided in the 2014 Appropriation Act of the National Assembly.
"Infrastructure projects will help to catalyse economic growth, because people must be busy. There are Nigerians who will be engaged to do these jobs and all that.
"The over 13 600 jobs that will be created from these projects that will last for up to a period of five years we need to employ these Nigerians; and if we get them busy, they should be able to put food on their tables."
According to him, the roads and bridges, when awarded will generate employment for Nigerian Engineers, Technicians, Artisans and unskilled labour.
He said the projects would upon completion improve the socio-economic activities within the affected communities, reduce operating costs, travel time and accidents on the roads.
Onolememen stated that the affected roads were spread across Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Nassarawa, Abia, Niger, Kogi, Cross River, Lagos and Kaduna states.
He assured that the falling oil price would not affect the smooth execution of the projects, saying that already there were budgetary provisions of N11 billion in the ministry's 2014 Appropriation and N10 billion from SURE-P for the projects, while the balance would be provided for in subsequent budgets.