The federal government yesterday approved the sum of N20 billion for the rehabilitation of Ikorodu – Shagamu road in Lagos State. The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, disclosed after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential Villa.
Mohammed listed the significance of the award of the contract to include reduction of road accidents, reduced travel time, operating costs, enhanced movement of petroleum and agricultural produce, among others. He said, “On behalf of Minister of Power, Works and Housing, l will also brief you that FEC approved the rehabilitation of Ikorodu – Shagamu road in Lagos State at the sum of N20, 845,336. 214.
“The significance of the award of this contract is that it will reduce road accidents and loss of lives. Of course, it will reduce travel time and operating cost for transporters and commuters. “More importantly, it will enhance the movement of petroleum and agricultural products and also facilitate other commercial activities. If you remember, Mosinmi, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot is along that line.
During his briefing, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, also disclosed that Council approved N4 billion for the design, manufacture and installation of fully automated fire and smoke aircraft training simulator. Noting that the fire fighting equipment is very important to aviation safety, Sirika added that the federal fire service and state governments can leverage on the equipment to help enhance their work.
He stated: “Today, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) considered a memo from the Ministry of Transportation (Aviation). The purpose of that memo was to award a contract for the design, manufacture and installation of fully automated fire and smoke aircraft training simulator. The total contract sum is N4,233.756bn.
“The council graciously considered and approved the contract. This fire fighting equipment is extremely very important because when we came into government in 2015, l found myself approving several hundreds of thousands of dollars for our fire fighters to go to Cameroun to get trained for proficiency in fire fighting and come back to fight fire in Nigeria with 30 airports.
“We cannot continue to depend on a neighbouring country to learn how to fight fire. So, we conceptualised and developed the project. Federal fire service, state governments and anybody can leverage on the equipment that we will bring to fight fire”.