FEC Approves Abandoned Wind Power Project, Others

FEC, Wind Power ProjectThe Federal Government has approved a contract for the completion of the 10 megawatts wind power project abandoned in Katsina State since 2012.

The completion is said to be in line with the government’s effort to introduce renewable energy in the Nigeria.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, gave the hint on Wednesday after a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He told journalists, that the government also approved the completion of the Federal Secretariat, to accommodate Federal Government officials posted to Anambra, Bayelsa, Gombe, Nasarawa, Osun and Zamfara states.

The Minister says the approved projects are at various stages of completion.

FEC also approved that the flight simulator training project sited in Lagos by the past administration be relocated to the Aviation Training School, Zaria in Kaduna State, where it would be put into proper use.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Haddi Serika, who briefed reporters on the development, said that the council also approved an industrial port development in Badagry.

He said full business case for the project would be presented subsequently for approval.

Security tops Jonathan’s meeting with northern governors

President Goodluck Jonathan and governors of the north met last night on security issues. The meeting also had in attendance Vice President Namadi Sambo and some senior aides to the president.

17 governors in the north were present. They include governors Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Idris Wada (Kogi), Seidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarrawa), Patrick Yakowa (Kaduna), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi) and Gabriel Suswam (Benue).

Represented by their deputies were:  Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Muritala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe) and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina).

The governors of Taraba and Sokoto states were absent.

The governor of Niger state who spoke to State House correspondents said the agenda was on security, and how to tackle flooding issues in the north.

He said the flooding had drastically affected food production in the North and the meeting deliberated on how to mitigate the disaster.

Aliyu said the meeting also discussed generally on issues of wealth creation, employment generation and measures to  reduce the poverty ratio in the region.

“Generally we discussed a gamut of issues and problems that need to be solved by the Federal, the States, the Local governments and relevant NGOs.

“Poverty and lack of job should not be the foundation for other problems,’’ he said.