…to rehabilitate 20 federal roads with N71bn
By Daniel Idonor
ABUJAâ€”THE Federal Government yesterday announced its approval of the sum of over N93 billion for various contracts, including the rehabilitation of 20 Federal roads across the six geo-political zones at the cost of over N71 billion.
This was announced by the Minister of Information and Communication, Professor Dora Akunyili while briefing newsmen at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting which was presided over by Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan. President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua was absent because he is on medical trip to Saudi Arebia.
Minister of Works, Housing and Urban Development, Dr Hassan Lawal said apart from the North-West and North-Central zones that get two contracts each, the rest zones has four contracts each.
According to him, approval was also given for the Consultancy Service of the Shagamu-Benin-Lagos carriageway under Public Private Partnership initiative at the cost of N147.098 million.
Government has approved the purchase of one unit of 17m Manta MK 111 ASD Fast Patrol Craft for the Nigerian Navy at the cost of N1.320 billion (about $8.809 million)
The purchase of five units fairly used Puma Air Support Surveillance and Reconnaissance Helicopter in the Nigerian Navy to patrol the Niger-Delta region was also approved by council at the cost of N15.778 billion (about Euro 68.675 million) under France-Nigeria governments contract.
FEC also approved the supply of 40 units of locally manufactured prowler brand of Armoured Personnel Carrier with accessories at the cost of N2.033 billion for the Nigeria Police force.
The meeting, the Information Minister noted also approved the supply of 116 units of Peugeot Series Operational Vehicles for the Nigerian Customs Service at N504.191 million
This was in addition to the purchase of various arms and ammunition from the Defence Industry Corporation DICON for Customs at the cost of N382.236 million.
She added that approval was also given for the Technical Audit of Ajaokuta Steel Company, National Iron Ore Mining Company at the cost of N640.400 million and N256.500 million respectively.