FG Approves ₦309bn For Federal Road Contract

File Photo: The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, briefs State House correspondents in Abuja at the end of a Federal Executive Council meeting.

 

The Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of ₦309.9 billion for road contracts which will be handled by the Dangote Group.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, told a media briefing after the council meeting on Wednesday that five road projects totalling 274.9 kilometers of federal road under the Federal Government Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Policy will be advanced by the Dangote industries as tax credit.

He explained that the move is also part of the government’s multiple funding options with the private sector.

The roads are located between Bama and Banke in Borno State, the Nnamdi Azikiwe road in Kaduna State and the Deep Sea Port access road, sections one and three in Lagos State through the Epe to Sagamu expressway.

Fashola disclosed that this is the largest single award of concrete roads undertaken by the Nigerian government.

The council equally approved the formalisation of police special services unit operated through a private-public partnership and enabled tarriffs and billing schemes to tap revenues and block leakages.

FEC Approves Resumption Of FCT Land Swap Initiative

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the resumption of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) land swap initiative.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Mohammed Bello, made the disclosure after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, on Wednesday

The initiative which was launched under the previous administration and worth about N1 trillion, was primarily to fix the infrastructure deficit in the Federal Capital Territory by swapping land with private investors, who would, in turn, provide the necessary infrastructure.

The minister affirms that the council approved the resumption of the initiative following a memo he presented at the FEC meeting.

He said some amendments were made to the original form of the initiative by establishing a legal framework to protect all parties concerned.

Vice-President Osinbajo Presides Over FEC Meeting In Buhari’s Absence

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo holds weekly Federal Executive Council meeting

 

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is currently presiding over this week’s virtual Federal Executive Council meeting in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Professor Osinbajo is taking charge in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is currently on a four-day official visit to the French capital, Paris, alongside some ministers and other senior aides.

Attending the virtual FEC meeting are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and five ministers.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Also physically in attendance are those of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu; and the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Doctor Folashade Yemi-Esan, as well as other members of Council are participating in the meeting virtually.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo represents President Muhammadu Buhari at the FEC meeting

Osinbajo Presides, FEC Observe One Minute Silence For Late Minister

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the 41st virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the State House.

The Chief of staff to the president, Professor Ibrahim Gambari as well as the National security adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (Rtd) physically attended the meeting.

Four Ministers including those of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Finance, Zainab Ahmed, Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba were also physically present.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, and other Ministers participated in the weekly cabinet meeting from their various offices in Abuja.

Before commencement of the day’s proceedings, the council observed a minute silence for a former member of the cabinet, Mahmud Tukur who died in April 2021 at the age of 82.

Tukur who served as Minister of Commerce and Industries during the military regime of President Muhammadu Buhari was also the first Vice-Chancellor of the Bayero University, Kano, and sat on the boards of many organizations and businesses.

The Vice President after the FEC meeting spoke with State House correspondents.

He asked for a rededication of attitude by Nigerians to reflect higher virtues of kindness, love, and generosity devoid of faith or ethnicity, especially during the Ramadan period.

He stressed that a recommitment to peace and reconciliation across the board is fundamental at this time.

FEC Approves $1.5bn For Rehabilitation Of Port Harcourt Refinery

 

The Federal Executive Council has approved $1.5 billion for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery which is said to commence immediately.

Briefing State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the FEC meeting in Abuja, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, said the rehabilitation will be carried out in three phases.

File photo of the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.

 

The first phase will be completed in 18 months which takes the refinery to a production of 90 percent of its capacity, the second phase will be completed in 24months, while the final phase will be completed in 44months.

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The contractor approved by council is an Italian E and EPC company who won the bid to handle the rehabilitation project.

Sylva assured that the maintenance which is a recurring challenge for the nation’s refineries was elaborately discussed in council, adding that a professional will be employed to manage the refinery after the rehabilitation.

On his part, Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, presented a memo approved by the council to the tune of ₦3.70billion for the supply of various equipment to strengthen the Nigeria Centre for disease control (NCDC) across the federation, to respond effectively not only to COVID-19 issues but to other diagnostic issues.

PHOTOS: Buhari Presides Over 37th Virtual FEC Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over the 37th virtual FEC meeting

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is presiding over the 37th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Council Chambers.

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retired) were physically in attendance.

READ ALSO: Osinbajo, Boss Mustapha, Others Attend Virtual FEC Meeting As Buhari Presides

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PHOTOS: FEC Observes One Minute Silence For Ex-Kwara State Military Administrator

 

Members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday observed a minute silence for the former Kwara State Military Administrator, Retired Brigadier General Ahmed Aboki Abdullahi.

The Late Brigadier General Abdallah served in the Federal Executive Council during the military regime when President Buhari was the Head of State, as Minister of Communications and later Minister of Social Development, Youth and Sports.

He later became the Military Administrator of Kwara State from 1987-1988.

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FEC Observes One Minute Silence For Ex-Kwara State Military Administrator

FEC members observe one-minute silence for a former cabinet member

 

 

Members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday observed a minute silence for the former Kwara State Military Administrator, Retired Brigadier General Ahmed Aboki Abdullahi.

The Late Brigadier General Abdallah served in the Federal Executive Council during the military regime when President Buhari was the Head of State, as Minister of Communications and later Minister of Social Development, Youth and Sports.

He later became the Military Administrator of Kwara State from 1987-1988.

READ ALSO: FEC Observes One Minute Silence For Lateef Jakande

The minute silence was observed shortly before the commencement of the weekly meeting holding at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting which is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has in attendance physically Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari.

Ten Ministers are equally physically attending the meeting. They are those of Information and Culture- Lai Mohammed, Finance- Zainab Ahmed, Justice- Abubakar Malami, Agriculture- Sabo Nanono and the Minister of Education- Adamu Adamu.

Others are the Ministers of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello; Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar; Trade, Industry and Investment, Niyi Adebayo and labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.

The Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, and other Ministers are participating in the weekly cabinet meeting from their various offices in Abuja.

PHOTOS: Buhari Presides Over FEC Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Buhari Muhammadu on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

During the meeting council members observed a minute silence for the first Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande.

The late Jakande died on February 11, 2021, at the age of 91.

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FEC Observes One Minute Silence For Lateef Jakande

FEC Observes a mnute silence for late Lateef Jakande

 

 

Members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday observed a minute silence for the first Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande.

The late Jakande died on February 11, 2021, at the age of 91.

The minute silence was observed shortly before the commencement of the weekly meeting holding at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

READ ALSO: First Civilian Governor Of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande Dies At 91

The meeting which is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has in attendance physically,  Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, and six ministers from the ministries of Water Resources, Women Affairs, Information, and culture; Works and Housing, FCT as well as Finance.

Buni Commends FEC For Approving N8bn For Completion Of Damaturu Water Project

APC Caretaker Committee Chairman and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja on June 29, 2020.

 

Yobe State governor and chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, has commended the federal government for approving N8 billion naira for completion of the Damaturu Urban Regional Water Supply project.

The Governor disclosed this in a press statement signed by Mamman Mohammed, the Director-General Press, and Media Affairs, saying the project which was approved by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday would tremendously contribute to solving water scarcity in Damaturu the state capital.

“I want to especially appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Executive Council for considering and approving the completion of this very important project that would touch the lives of our people.

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“This is another dividend of democracy extended to Yobe state by the President Muhammadu administration. It is important to us because, Damaturu the state capital has over the years increased in size and population, and is in need of a corresponding water supply.

“The state government has continuously been making efforts to improve water supply across the state to meet the water needs of the people,” he said.

He further revealed that a committee on the rehabilitation of water facilities was constituted with a massive intervention that has improved water supply in all the major towns of the state.

FEC Approves Establishment Of 20 New Private Universities

The FEC meeting of February 3, 2021

 

The Federal Executive Council has approved a memo from the Ministry of Education for the establishment of 20 new private universities across the country.

The 20 new private universities are to be given provisional licenses to run for three years while the ministry monitors and evaluates their growth.

This brings the total number of private universities in the country to 99.

Also during the meeting, members observed a minute of silence for two late cabinet members who died recently.

The minute of silence was observed just before the commencement of the weekly meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari  Council Chambers of the State House.

The former members are Alfa Wali and Tony Momoh.

Wali, a prominent Kano State indigene and former Minister of Agriculture, died on Monday, January 25th, 2021.

He also served as Permanent Secretary in many ministries, including the Ministry of Defence.

The late Momoh was a veteran journalist and politician who was Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, who died on February 1, 2020, at the age of 82.

The Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Mongunu, as well as seven ministers physically, attended the meeting.

The ministers included Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, and Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.