The federal government yesterday approved N21 billion for the construction of the Ilorin-Omu Aran-Kabba Road, Section I.
This was disclosed by The Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, after the federal executive council meeting presided over by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa.
According to Fashola, this was to complement ongoing work on the the Kabba-Egbe Road to link Kwara and Kogi States.
Fashola said the council also approved N589 million consultancy services for professionals to conduct line route studies, environmental/social impact assessment and resettlement action plan as well as environmental/social management plan.
“Council considered and approved the construction of Ilorin-Omu Aran-Kabba Road, Section I in order to complement ongoing works on the Kabba-Egbe Road to link Kwara and Kogi States.
“The justification for the memo and consequent approval is consistent with our promise to continue to reduce travel time, to ease the cost of doing business and the cost of goods and services. This project is for N21billion.
“The second approval was for consultancy services for professionals to conduct line route studies, environmental/social impact assessment and resettlement action plan as well environmental/social management plan in order for us to access the Japanese International Corporation Agency’s loan to support TCN to continue its transmission grid expansion programme, He said.
He further explained that ;Before we start the construction, we must do an assessment of the routes that some of the transmission lines will pass through.
“The projects for which approval has been obtained from Council cover areas like Arigbajo, Abeokuta, Olorunshogo, Ikeja West, Oshogbo, Ogijo, Ikorodu, Shagamu and part of Benin towards Edo State continuous to Ondo State around Omotosho as well as Agbara and Badagry.
“When completed and construction takes place, it will help us in the evacuation of power from the Olorunshogo Power Plant to supply industrial clusters in Ogun and part of Lagos State. The consultant service for the three is for about N589 million.”