The Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday approved N12.097 billion for the award of contract for the replacement of weather measuring equipment at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, said this while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said the decision to replace the equipment was in line with the current administration’s policy of renovating decayed infrastructure at the country’s airports.
“Today in council, a memo was presented by us in aviation for the replacement of our AVO bridges and the amount of the contract to be awarded is N12, 097, 215, 800.09 including 7.5 percent Value Added Tax. The duration for the contract is 12 months.
“This contract is not only for supply but it is also for supply but it is also for installation and maintenance including spare parts and this has been approved by council.
“This is part of all that we have been doing to re-activate the failing infrastructure within the country and of course Lagos being a major airport in the country, this will make passenger facilitation easier and safer as well as add value and create more efficiency within the system of that particular airport,” he said.
The minister said the renovation process would be replicated in other airports across the country.
Also speaking, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, said the council approved N1.8 billion for the completion of a section of the local content building in Yenegoa, Bayelsa state.
“The Council closed out the contract for the construction of the 17 storey local content building in Yenagoa. You will recall that in 2020, the President already commissioned that project.
“There were some ancillary works that had to be done to connect some of the buildings. And that was now presented to council for the sum of N1.817 billion. And this now closes this contract and we have told the contractor this is the full and final payment for everything. So, this is the end of this project and we have completely delivered this to Nigerians,” he said.
On the recent importation of contaminated fuel to the country, the minister explained that the matter is already being tackled by government.
“The issue did not come up in Council, but of course, you will recall I was here yesterday to brief Mr. President on the issue. I’m not in a position to disclose the identities of the companies, but there are some issues and we are actively tackling it.
“Nobody has before now, checked for methanol in our fuel, it’s not very usual and this is the first time this is happening and NNPC is very much up to the task but we’re actively handling it and I want to assure you that the problem will be a thing of the past very soon,” he said.