The Enugu-Onitsha road had been under construction for the past three years.

Lately, it appeared the contractors demobilized from the site because they ran out of cash.

But on Wednesday. the Federal Executive Council approved the increase of the cost of the rehabilitation of the road by 5.4 billion naira.

The decision was taken at the weekly meeting of the council presided over by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that the cost was increased to 15.7 billion naira from 10.3 billion naira.

Fashola said the augmentation was meant to accommodate erosion control measures and drains on the road.

He explained that the contract, which was first awarded in 2012, was part of the roads captured as Umanna-Udi-Agu-Ebenebe-Amansi-Awka and spurring to Umumba Road, Section 2 in Enugu State.

“The contract was awarded in 2012 covering Enugu to Onitsha highway.

“Because of lack of appropriate budgeting and funding, all of these projects could not be completed and there was also failure in implementation; so, we inherited it.

“There was also the need to provide for erosion control measures and drains and that has led to revision of the cost.

“It was that revision to enable us to complete the road project that was presented, discussed and approved by the council today (Wednesday).”

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