By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau
In the continued efforts to improve on the infrastructural development of the country, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the sum of N500 million for the design and construction of the second runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
This cheering news was disclosed by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President while briefing State House Correspondents after the weekly FEC presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, FEC also gave approval for the ratification of the policy on Food and Nutrition for the country and following the approval, which is forming the basis of a national multi sectoral plan for action for food and nutrition.
“I’ll just give you a few shots of approvals which have been given and the ministers are not obviously here on account of restriction on numbers due to COVID regulations.
“The council today (Wednesday) ratified, approved the policy on food and nutrition for the country and following the approval, which is forming the basis of a national multi sectoral plan for action for food and nutrition.
“There will be, going forward, a budget line for food and nutrition in all MDAs and hopefully in the three tiers of government in the country.
“Another approval is for, for the Attorney General to proceed with the process of ratifying promotional framework for Occupational Safety and Health convention. This is about promoting preventive health, preventive safety and health care in workplaces in the country. So, the government of Nigeria has begun the process of ratifying domesticating and applying this major resolution decision by the International Labour Organisation which was passed in 2006. Nigeria Of course, had voted and supported it.
“So, we are now going to rectify that. One other thing that also you need to know which minister is not here is the approval for a N1.2 billion Naira contract for the emergency rehabilitation of the nassarawa water supply scheme. floods in the year 2000 had destroyed Nassarawa township, destroyed the waterworks.
“And as a result, pipe borne water is unavailable to the communities. And the whole water intake has been destroyed. And in order to preserve public health. And, of course, the difficulty of the state government in restoring the water supply scheme, the federal government has made this major approval which upon completion would be handed over to the Nassarawa state government for maintenance and upkeep”.