FEC Set Up Committee On South East Erosion

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has set up a committee to assess erosion projects in the south east to ascertain their completion periods.

The committee which is headed by the Director-General, Bureau for Public Procurement, Engineer Emeka Eze is to check the extent of damage caused by the age-long erosion, report contractors that are not fulfilling the details of their contracts and check the environmental effects of erosion and its control for purposes of sanctions.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity,  Dr Reuben Abati, who briefed journalists on the outcome of  the  meeting, said there is also a window that is being thrown open to enable private businessmen provide infrastructures in erosion ravaged areas in the region under the private public partnership.

The Minister of Environment, Hadiza Melafa, stated that the Ministry has set up machinery to face all areas of the environment amidst daunting challenges.

In related development, the Federal Government also announced the kick-starting of activities slated for the nation’s centenary celebration in 2014.

The President will unveil the activities that touch on the ‘Unity, Diversity and The Uniqueness of the Nigerian Nation 100 Years After Amalgamation.’

FEC called on the private sector and all Nigerians to key in to the activities.

Just back from the AU Summit, the President presided over the council meeting on a day the Ministry of the Environment and that of Trade and Investment tendered the score card on the performance of their ministries in 2012.

The Minister of Trade and Investments beat his chest that trade in Nigeria has gone up to 25 per cent, promising to introduce a new auto policy soon.




FEC approves new city for Nigeria’s centenary celebration

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved a proposal for a new city for the celebration of the country’s 100 year anniversary in 2014.

According to the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, the new city will serve as a memorial for the future generation of Nigerians.

He said the new city which will be located near Abuja will have modern features including a conference centre that will be the first of its kind in Africa that can host all global events within Nigeria.

The new city is a recommendation by a committee headed by the secretary to the government of the federation.

He said the celebration of the centenary is significant to Nigeria as a country.


N478 million for two rail gauge  

Meanwhile FEC also on Wednesday approved feasibility studies for two new standard gauge railway lines in the country at the collective sum of N478 million.

The approved contracts for feasibility studies in railway are in accordance to the railway modernisation programme of the present administration.

The Minister of Transportation, Senator Idris Umar, stated that rail-lines covering 673KM will run from Benin to Obudu Cattle Ranch.

It is expected to cost N334 million while the second rail line is from Ajaokuta to Abuja covering 280KM at the cost of N144 million.

He said that the scope of work will include the design for connection to urban settlements along the routes and prepare the evaluation for appropriate private public partnership