FEC approves N7.4bn for irrigation project, aviation equipment

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved a contract worth N6 billion as an increase for the Chochi irrigation project in Adamawa state, as well as N1.4 billion for the procurement of aviation equipment. Water Resources Minister Sulieman Adamu and Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika said this when briefing House of Representatives correspondents at the end of the Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday. Mr. Adamu said: “As you know, the trend with us since the start of this administration has been to put an emphasis on completing the ongoing projects that we inherit. “This project started in 1988 during the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) era to provide 1,200 hectares of irrigation in Chochi in Yola, Adamawa state; unfortunately, it has suffered many setbacks.” According to him, after the dissolution of PTF, the project was transferred to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources. It was kept in the fridge for about eight years before it finally surfaced in 2006 and was reissued to the same company, Impresit Bakolori. “But in the years that followed, he has suffered so much. “There has been a lot of invasion in the area because it is outside the town of Yola, between Yola and Jimeta. “Buildings, gas stations, etc., etc. have sprung up. So which of the causes is at various points to redesign the project. “Now, we are ready to complete it. And one of the keys is that the project is based on pumping”. The Minister explained that the current high cost of diesel and foreign exchange was what motivated the revision of the amount of the contract. “At the time it was awarded, diesel was very cheap, but now diesel is very expensive. “So, we provide a solar component to provide energy for the pumps, to irrigate the land and this is one of the reasons, in addition to the variation in prices, the exchange rate fluctuation that requires a review of this project, looking for an increase of around N6 billion and an extension of time to complete the project. “At the same time, we feel the need to strengthen the technical, financial and managerial capacity of the company, which has been diminishing over time. “The company’s contractors have been on site for 24 years and have lost many experts along the way. “And so now we’ve been able to reinforce the original contractor. “Instead of terminating the contract, we believe it is better to simply continue to bolster the contractor’s efforts through a joint venture with another company that is a Nigerian company,” he said. According to him, the increase of N6 billion brings the project to N11,026 billion with an additional extension period of 24 months, plus an effect liability period of 12 months, making a total of 36 months. For his part, Sirika said that N1.4 billion has been approved for the acquisition of surveillance equipment for the Kaduna and Port Harcourt airports. He said: “The approval is for the award of contracts for the design, supply and maintenance of remotely licensed mobile surveillance observation systems and these are for Port Harcourt and Kaduna airports and will continue to other airports progressively. “We are starting with the first two but will continue with the remaining airports in the future and the contract sum for this particular acquisition is N1,499,603,500, including 7.5 percent value added tax, and It will be delivered within 30 weeks.” Sirika also announced that the Council approved a bilateral air service agreement between Nigeria and Canada. He explained that the agreement was in accordance with the Chicago convention, to which both Nigeria and Canada were signatories. “The approval we got was for the signing of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Government of Canada and this is in accordance with the Chicago convention, to which both Nigeria and Canada are signatories. According to him, the salient aspects of the BASA involve the granting of rights and privileges, as well as the designation of the authorization of the airlines, the retention, revocation, suspension and limitation of the authorization, and the application of the laws and regulations. nationals. “Other components are security standards certificates and licenses, aviation security, customs duties and other charges, statistical prices and general terms and conditions of carriage, availability of airports and aviation facilities and services, airline capacity and representatives. . “Others are: ground assistance, sale and transfer of funds, consultations, modifications of the same, dispute resolution, entry into force, among others. “The Council approved that we should go ahead and sign the BASA between us and Canada to get all the benefits that will come from there, mutually,” he said. (YAYA) Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; FEC approves N7.4bn for irrigation project, aviation equipment