From Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos
Consequent upon two memos from the Ministry of Transportation, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N1.6 billion for the procurement and installation of cargo clearing equipment to be installed at the Lokoja/Jamata River Port in Kogi State, which construction is ongoing.
Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, said the sum covered “procurement and installation of 64-ton capacity mobile crane that will help in cargo movement from the vessels to the port at the cost of €N3.5 million, another component of N203 million, and N69 million for training.”
Amaechi, who spoke through a representative in Lagos during a programme by the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES), said the council also approved a transactional adviser for the ministry on some railway projects at the cost of N280 million.
One of the projects, according to him, is the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri tracks, which will connect Abia-Owerri-Umuahia-Enugu-Awka-Abakilikii-Makurdi-Lafia-Jos-Bauchi-Gombe-Damaturu-Yola and terminate at Maiduguri.
Another, referred to as the central line, will run from Abuja through Baru to Itakpe and connect the Warri Seaport, while the other from Kano to Maradi goes through Kazaure-Dutse-Daura-Katsina-Jibiya and terminates at Maradi.
According to him, “these special advisers are to advise us on the financial models and all (others) so as to help us when we start our negotiations with the companies and the contractors.”