The Federal Executive Council of Nigeria(FEC) on Wednesday approved an additional N122.2million for the completion of Mangu Dam in Plateau.
The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu disclosed this when he addressed State House correspondents at the end of the Council’s meeting which was presided over President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Adamu said that the approval followed memo submitted to the council for the augumentation of the revised estimated total cost for the completion of the dam project which was started in 2012.
“The council considered a memo for the augumentation of what we call the revised estimated total cost for the completion of Mangu water supply project in Plateau state, this project was started in 2012 and between 2014 and 2018 there was no budgetary allocation.
“One of the projects that we considered a medium priority after we conducted a technical audit of all abandoned and ongoing project in water resources in mid-2016.
“The project has attained 85 per cent completion. Thanks to the effort of the contractors who have continued to work at some points without payment.
“After taking so long and in view of the inflation indices, there was a need to augment the project with N122.2 million to bring the project from initial cost of N855.49 million to N977.7million,’’ he said.
The minister expressed optimism that with an additional completion period of six months, the project would be completed soon.
Adamu also revealed that he presented a report of the international conference on Lake Chad which took place in February.
“You are aware that the conference was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari and presidents of the member states of Lake Chad as well as representatives from Angola and president of Gabon.
“We had over 1200 participants,’’ he added.
The minister stated that an Action Plan arising from the recommendation of the conference had been developed.
“Following the conference, we have developed an action plan arising from the recommendation of the conference which we have started implementing.
“Obviously because of the queuing process of many memos and reports, we were able to present the report to the cabinet today.
“Many presidents have always been abreased on the issues and updates on what we are doing on the proposed inter basin project which was the highlight of the conference whereby there was consensus to save Lake Chad from extinction.
“And there was a consensus that the inter basin water transfer from Congo basin is the most viable option that we have at the moment. We have an estimate of 14.5billion dollars.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, who also addressed the correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said he presented two memos to the Council for approval.
He said that N103million was approved by the council for the purchase of medical and laboratory equipment for Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
“The next one is we awarded a contract to a consultant to help in the implementation of the International Organisations for the ISO 9000, and the council approved it for us at the total sum of N238.5million,’’ he added.