The federal government has approved the sum of N47.8 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of 13 roads across the country, in addition to N3.6 billion for the purchase of multi-user licence and multi-spectral map imagery equipment.
Making this known yesterday at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, the Minister of Works, Mike Onolemenmen, enumerated the 13 roads that would undergo construction and rehabilitation as: Vandekya-Obudu Cattle ranch, Mbaise-Ngwa road, Abriba-Arochukwu-Ohafia, Makurdi- Gboko road and Ohafia-Osu road in the South-south/ South-east axis.
Others located in the northern axis are: Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega- Makera road, Sokoto-Kontagora, Kunya-Babban Mutum, Zing-Moking road and Alkaleri- Bauchi road.
Also on the list are a corridor linking Anambra-Enugu States, Offa Bye Pass and the stretch of road from Ekot- Ekpene-Aba-Owerri.
Similarly, the Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals Muhammad Sada, in his briefing, stated that his ministry briefed council on the reform going on in the sector, explaining that many privatisation activities were carried out, just as issues of regulation of the sector were also discussed.
“The administration wants to down play the oil and gas sector as the sole revenue earner for the country. Many corporate bodies have been created to help in strengthening institutional arrangements that help diversify operation in the sector. It is working with other ministries to fast track revenue collection,” he said.
Sada said the major problem the ministry surmounted was the articulation and formation of a minerals' database, pointing out that this has facilitated its work on import substitution strategy, licencing of firms, follow-ups on their activities and collection of royalties.
Without giving figures, he stated that tin and columbite have generated considerable revenue for the federation, just as limestone and granite were two of the major revenue earners for the economy.
“So many things have been done. What needs to be accomplished now is to move forward. We have a road map for 2013 which we intend to take to all parts of the nation,” he said.