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Obaseki approves N1.87bn for construction of military operating base in Ehor

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has approved the sum of N1.87 billion for the construction of a forward operating base for the Nigerian Army in Ehor, the Uhunmwode Local Government Area, and other projects in the state.

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The State Commissioner for Orientation and Communication, Andrew Emwanta, disclosed this after the weekly Executive Council meeting chaired by Governor Obaseki at the Government House, Benin City.

Emwanta said the governor also approved the development of a detailed masterplan for a new town layout in Ward 9, Ikpoba-Okha, and the sustenance of the ‘Operation Light Up Edo Project’ as well as the extension of the Ossiomo Independent Power Project to some strategic public utilities.

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He said the preparation of the detailed masterplan for a new town layout would include the design of roads and other infrastructure; the ‘Operation Light Up Edo Project’ would ensure the lightening of more street lights across the state, while the extension of power will cover three public facilities including the Government Science and Technical College, the Edo State Ministry of Education in Iyaro, and the Edo Broadcasting Service at Aduwawa.

The commissioner said the contract for the masterplan will cost N750 million; the forward operating base is budgeted at N646m, while the ‘Light Up Edo Project’ and extension of Ossiomo power to the public facilities will cost N476 million.

He said, “Three memos were received, deliberated upon, and approved at the EXCO meeting today.

“The first memo was an approval for a detailed master plan for a new town layout in ward 9 in Ikpoba-Okha LGA of the state. It was presented by the Ministry of Physical Planning, Urban and Regional Development and the contract is worth N750 million.

“The second memo was for the construction of the forward operating base of the Nigerian Army in Ehor, Uhunmwode local council. This is part of the Edo State Government’s support to the Nigerian Army to stem the problem of insecurity in that axis. The EXCO approved the construction of that forward operating base for N646 million.

“The third memo was for the ‘Operation Light Up Edo Project’ and to extend power from Ossiomo Independent Power Project to some strategic public locations, namely: the Government Science and Technical College; the Edo State Ministry of Education in Iyaro, and the Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS) at Aduwawa. Also, to light up some areas in Benin City with street lights and the amount for the project is N476.7 million.”

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