The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has on Wednesday approved N658.8 million for the deployment of sniffer dogs to Lagos and Abuja international airports.
Speaking on this, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, said that the FEC approved four memoranda for his ministry, totaling the cost to N16,697,742,839.
He noted that apart from the sniffer dogs project, other projects to be executed include the construction of Wachakal Airport in Yobe State at N6.3 billion; post construction services for the same airport at the cost of N219.8 million; and procurement of eight airport rescue and firefighting vehicles at the cost of N9.5 billion.
Senator Sirika said:
“FEC approved four memoranda from civil aviation. One of it is approval for the construction of Wachakal Airport in Yobe State and at the contract sum of N6,284,065,056. Even and in our drive to develop the sector and ensure connectivity within our region and also improve on our security architecture and also attend to the various needs of civilisation, we found this airport and many others that are coming across the country useful.
“The second was a post-consultancy services for the construction of the same airport, Wachakal Air stripe, which is very close to Nguru in Yobe State. So, first consultancy services is given to Kafe Engineering at the sum of N219,782,500 only. This will include seven and a half percent VAT.
“The third memorandum taken for approval is for the supply and maintenance of eight units of airport rescue and firefighting vehicle including spare parts and training. And this was given to Messrs. Gulf of Africa International Limited. The exclusive representatives of the OEM and the OEMs are Emirate firefighting equipment factory. This is in the sum of N9,535,132,500. This also will include seven and a half percent and delivery period for this procurement is 12 months.
“We will be continuing with this procurement and other airports as well. So, the total contract sum for this procurement is N658,762,783.36 which includes seven and a half percent VAT.”
Adesina on the other hand noted that:
“The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) got approval to procure operational vehicles at N187,469,669.25 and that is to reduce carnage on our roads and to meet its goals of reducing accidents by at least 15% and fatalities by 20%.
“For the Ministry of Health, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in particular also got approval to procure some vehicles for its use.
“NEITI was given approval to acquire a permanent office building for N537,000,000 to be used as its head office. NEITI has been in a rented place.
“There was also an approval for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to procure and install four body dual view scanners solution with x-ray management software at Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu, and Kano airports at N985,000,002.40. You know that NDLEA has been doing wonderful things in recent times.”
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