The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved contracts worth N27.4 billion for projects in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Works and Housing ministries.
The council also approved the establishment of a Federal University of Health Sciences and the draft of a bill for the enactment of the Civil Defence, Corrections, Fire, Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB).
Briefing newsmen on Wednesday after the virtual meeting of the FEC, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, the Ministers of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; FCT, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello; Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, gave breakdowns of various contract approvals.
According to the FCT Minister, Bello, his ministry got approval for the procurement of a light-duty towing truck for N286,302,277.50.
He said: “In today’s council meeting, I presented a memo for the award of contract for the procurement of a light-duty towing truck, including a-10 ton crane attachment for the Directorate of Road Traffic Services, under the Federal Capital Territory Administration.
“This truck is meant to complement and add to the fleet of vehicles that the directory has so that it can enhance our activities of towing vehicles. I’ve seen of accidents also towing vehicles when they are impounded. This contract has been awarded to a company called CIF Global Services Limited, at a total contract sum of N286,302,277.50, with a completion period of eight weeks.”
On his part, the Minister of Works and Housing, Fashola, disclosed that his ministry presented two memoranda, both of which were approved by the FEC.
According to him, FEC approved the appointment of consultants to supervise the ongoing construction of the Bodo-Bonny Highway in Rivers State, and the construction of the Idah-Nsukka Road, linking Kogi and Enugu states, putting the cost of both projects at N27.067 billion.
“On behalf of the Ministry of Works and Housing, I presented two memoranda to Council, the first was to appoint the consultant to undertake the supervision consultancy for the construction of the Bodo-Bonny Road and bridge, which was previously awarded by Council. So, we now have a consultant helping to supervise what the contractor is doing.
“The supervision consultancy was awarded at the sum of N895,250,000 to a group called Pearl Consultants.
“The second memorandum was for the award of the contract for the rehabilitation of the Idah-Nsukka Road, an 84-kilometre road, linking Kogi and Enugu States, which Council approved for the sum of N26.172 billion, in favour of a joint venture of Messrs. Sajeto Construction and RN Construction”, he said.
Also speaking, the Minister of Interior, Aregbesola, said FEC approved the repeal of the Immigration and Prison Services Board Act and got the approval for the enactment of the CDCFIB.
He said: “On behalf of the Ministry of Interior, I presented a memo to the Federal Executive Council seeking approval for a bill on how to repeal the Immigration and Prison Services Board Act, Cap 12, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
“I equally sought the approval for the enactment of the Civil Defence, Corrections, Fire, Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), Bill 2021 at today’s FEC. And the two prayers were approved.”
On his part, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Adesina, announced the proposed establishment of a Health Sciences University in Oturkpo, Benue State, by the federal government.
According to him, “I just like to announce that a draft bill for the establishment of a Federal University of Health Sciences was approved and is to be cited in Otukpo, Benue State.”