Covid-19: FG approves N654m for screening machines at airports

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau 

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday approved the sum of N654 million for the rehabilitation of the various screening machines at the airports nationwide at the cost of N654 million.

This much was disclosed Wednesday in Abuja by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who represented Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika while briefing State House Correspondents at Presidential Villa Abuja.

Mohammed said the Aviation Ministry presented a memo seeking approval for the rehabilitation of the various screening machines nationwide at the cost of N654 million. 

Said he, “You would notice that with the incident of COVID-19 pandemic, a new protocol sanctioned by IATA and other Aviation authorities has now come into our airports which entails more of social distancing.

“So you need more points to screen passengers and their luggages. So this is what has necessitated for the rehabilitation of those screening machines that have broken down”. 

Meanwhile, Mohammed who spoke on behalf of the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola revealed that FG has also approved the sum of  N788 million for the completion of the rehabilitation of the Abeokuta-Ibadan road.

“I want to report that his memo for the completion of the rehabilitation of the Abeokuta-Ibadan road, a distance of 72 kilometers was approved today. It was a memo asking for augmentation by N788 million to bring the project cost to N4.78 billion plus six months extension time for construction. 

“So we hope that by 2021, this road will be completed. You need to note also that this was a contract that was awarded in 2010 but due to paucity of funds and other constraints, we have to take it over. 

In another development, the Minister of Information and Culture said, the  Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) on behalf of Mr. President also presented a memo which was approved seeking Council’s approval for the purchase of 21 operational vehicles for the Federal Road Safety Corps in favour of Messrs Pan Nigeria Ltd in total sum of N292, 615 million. 

“The purpose of the memo is to enhance the operational capability and capacity of the Corps so that we can stop the carnage on our roads and also secure our roads better. 

“The unique thing about this memo is that these vehicles are being sourced from one of our local assemble plants, Peugeot Nigeria Ltd in Kaduna”, Mohammed stated.

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