FG Approves N6bn For Third Mainland Bridge Maintenance
The Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday, approved N6.28 billion for surface maintenance of the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos State.
FEC also approved the procurement and installation of baggage scanners in all railway stations across the country.
The approvals were made at the weekly Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Council Chambers, Presidential Villa, Abuja
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the cabinet meeting, the Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, said that the contract sum for the installation of baggage scanners in railway stations accross the country is N495 million.
He said the devices were necessary because of the need to enhance security of lives and property in the nation’s railway facilities.
He said, “The Federal Ministry of Transportation had two memos today, which I presented on behalf of the ministry and it had to do with one, the provision of scanners at all railway stations all over the country.
“You’ll all agree with me that in view of the process of security of lives and property, such equipment has to be installed at our railway stations. Since we’re starting railway revolution, we are trying to put in place a lot of things with the railways. We don’t want people to come and damage all that the government has been trying to put in place in that sector.
“So, today there was a memo before Council for the provision of baggage scanners at railway stations and I’m happy to inform you that the Council agreed with us and has approved that contract for scanners to be installed at railway stations so that when people get there and have goods, then they can pass through the scanners and they can be sure that there’s nothing that can destroy, that can cause violence or inflict danger or bring lives and property at stake”, he said.
Also briefing, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the maintenance of third mainland bridge would take 24-months and will cover 11 kilometers including interchanges, ramps, and critical links.
He said the move aligns with Executive Order 11 signed by President Muhammadu Buharii, in April 2022, which gave legal backing to the country’s national maintenance policy.