By Chesa Chesa
The Federal Government on Wednesday endorsed the rehabilitation of Ikorodu-Sagamu Road in Lagos State and Ogun State at the cost of N20.84 billion.
President Muhammadu Buhari will visit Lagos State to commission some projects.
The approval of the project by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) chaired by Buhari was announced to journalists by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on behalf of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, a former governor of the state.
Mohammed explained that the contract award was significant because “it will reduce road accidents and loss of lives, reduce travel time and operating cost for transporters and commuters, and more importantly, enhance the movement of petroleum and agricultural products and also facilitate other commercial activities.”
The Mosinmi Depot of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is along that road, the minister added.
Another contract approved by FEC was for the design, manufacture and installation of fully automated fire and smoke aircraft training simulator at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria at a cost of N4.23 billion.
This was consequent upon the request of the Ministry of Transportation (Aviation), which explained that the fire fighting equipment was very important so that Nigeria would stop spending huge foreign currency sending fire-fighters to neighbouring countries such as Cameroon training.
Apart from serving Nigeria’s 30 airports, the federal fire service, state governments and any other institution can leverage on the availability of the equipment to train their employees.
The Ministry of Education also got approval to award a contract of N873.13 million for the building of office spaces for the Faculty of Law in the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The Ministry of Sports and Youth Development and the Ministry of Labour and Employment presented their score cards since 2015 to the FEC.
The Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, explained that he had been able to restore confidence in Nigerian athletes ahead of competitions; broken the monopoly of the minister in appointing board members of 150 sports associations; among other achievements.
Besides, the ministry has reviewed the National Youth Policy which was done last in 2009, and trained 400 young people in 2015 and 500 in 2018 in agro-allied skills, physical and leadership training.
The Minister of State for Labour, Stephen Ocheni, disclosed that a committee was reviewing the Employee Compensation Act to make for more-friendly environment for Nigerian workers.
By Chesa Chesa