The Federal executive Council (FEC) has approved N500 million as variation for the completion of a road project in Delta state.

Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Mr Godswill Akpabio, said this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the construction of the road is a project of the Niger-Delta Ministry which has already attained 97 percent completion.

“The Ministry of Niger-Delta Affairs presented two memos today at the Federal executive Council and both were approved. One was just augmentation or a variation of the contract for the construction of guru-ogiabene road in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State.

“The road is about 18.7 kilometres and the initial contract price was about N8.5 billion and with the variation price today, the contract price is now about N9 billion and the Federal executive Council today approved that variation,” he said.

He said the contractors have been given six months to complete the project.

The minister said the council also approved the floating of a digital platform where projects executed by the ministry can be monitored at all times.

“The second memo I presented was on what we call Strategic Implementation Work Plan (SIWP), for the Niger Delta region. The intension here is to have a web-based monitoring system, an e-portal where al the agencies under us and development partners as well as nongovernmental organisations including states and local governments that are involved in implementing projects in the Niger Delta region, we will have all their projects keyed into that portal.

“This is to ensure that at the touch of the button you can see what each company, state or local government or international organisation is doing as they add value to the Niger Delta region,” he said.

The minister said the reason for the introducing the portal is to help in coordination and also prevent duplication of projects.

He said the ministry has so far completed 50 projects that are now awaiting inauguration, which was delayed by the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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