The indigenes of Abia state, have something to cheer about as the Federal Executive Council FEC has approved the N12.088 billion for the section two of the Ohafia-Arochukwu road in the state.
Disclosing this to State House Correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, explained that the 45 kilometer stretch would complete the road, which first section, measuring 19.27 kilometre, had been awarded earlier.
“The memorandum presented by the Ministry of Works and Housing today is for the Section two of the Ohafia to Arochukwu road. This section comprises Umuahia/Bende/Ohafia road in Abia State and it was approved for construction at N12.088 billion comprising a distance of 45 kilometers to complement Section One which was previously awarded in 2018, that is the section from Bende/Arochukwu to Ohafia which was 19.27 kilometers.
“So with this award now, the entire length of the road is now under contract with the same contractor and we hope for expeditious execution,” he said.
Also the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who addressed journalists said the FEC had also approved the acquisition of additional field forensic auditors at the cost of N745.2 million for the audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
It would be recalled that the FEC, a couple of weeks ago, approved the engagement of field forensic auditors for the various states under the NDDC, however, the latest approval has brought the number of auditing firms to 16.
“The memo that was presented by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs was a concluding memo on the procurement of Field Forensic Auditors for the forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission and today the council approved additional forensic field auditors at a total sum of about N745.2 million. “This brings to the total number of field forensic auditors to 16 in addition to the earlier approved Lead Forensic Auditors, messrs Olumiluwa Bashir and Co. These people are now going to be charge of the nine states of the Niger Delta which has been divided into 16 lots
“As I stated earlier, lots one is Ernst and Young for the headquarters. They will be undertaking the 19 years of audit and also bring out the organigram for restructuring of the NDDC for better performance in future.
“Council also considered and approved the need to attach investigative security agencies, the relevant ones to each of the team to ensure transparency and also to be sure that whatever comes out is acceptable to not just in Nigeria but to the international community, he explained.
On his part, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola said, “We considered in exco the award of contract for the procurement of 52 number operational Green Maria vehicle to facilitate effective operation in the Correctional Service as well as ease of movement of awaiting trial inmate from the Custodial centres 247 of them in all to about 5022 courts in Nigeria.
“This is to compliment what we have already acquired between 2016 and 2019 of about 451 Operational Green Maria vehicles. The objective is to ensure that the delay associated with trial of inmate is reduced if not eliminated,” he said.