The government of President Bola Tinubu has decided to switch the day of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings from Wednesdays to Mondays.
The Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris, announced this new policy and mentioned that the meetings might not happen every week unless there are urgent matters to discuss.
The Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, presented a memo during the meeting. He discussed the road infrastructure inherited from the previous administration, which covers a total length of 18,897 kilometers from President Muhammadu Buhari’s time in office.
Umahi also informed the FEC about several projects that were left unfinished, some of which had been ongoing for up to 20 years. He mentioned that there are also new critical routes totaling 12,000 kilometers and 24 bridges.
The FEC approved the continuation of these inherited projects and the new proposal. They directed a committee, consisting of key government officials, to come up with strategies for funding these projects.
The FEC was also informed about ongoing projects and the need to address inflation and variations in their costs. To mitigate these issues, the council approved the redesigning of completed projects using concrete. They also decided that future projects should be done using concrete pavements, depending on their level of completion and specific conditions.
The FEC approved the construction of a coastal road that will run from Lagos to Port Harcourt to Calabar. They also approved eight roads that were previously planned for concessioning. The financial closure for these projects is expected to be reached in November.