The Ministers of state for Niger Delta Affairs and power will swap roles next week.
President Goodluck Jonathan has announced a Minor cabinet reshuffle with the Minister of State Niger Delta Affairs and the Minister of State of Power swapping roles and positions.
The changes were made during the Federal Executive Council meeting which was chaired by the President.
Darius Dickson Ishaku becomes the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs and former Minister of State Niger Delta, Hajia Zainab Kuchi becomes Minister of State Power.
The Special Adviser to the President, Reuben Abati said this was one of the two major directives given by the President at the Council.
“The second directive has to do with the submission of memos with regards to contracts. The president made it clear that no fresh memos for contracts will be accepted by Council after Nov. 30th. So effectively, Nov. 30th is the deadline for the submission of any memo under the 2012 budget” Abati said.
Responding to questions on whether the decision of the President had to do with the recent drop in electricity, Mr. Abati who briefed alongside the Ministers of Work, State, FCT and Communications Technology said on the contrary, power supply in Nigeria has increased.
“I am not aware that there has been a drop in the supply of electricity. In fact, in many parts of the country, people now enjoy electricity supply for many long hours of the day and for this government has been commended.”
The Federal Executive Council also approved the sum of N3′ 0280 billion for a contract for the construction of a two hundred and twenty bed hospital general hospital for Gwarimpa district in Abuja.
Two hectares of land have been awarded for this purpose and the first phase which is the construction of facility that was awarded at council; include the construction of the main hospital block, fencing, and accommodation for medical staff, a mortuary and an incinerator.
The Minister of State FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, told journalists that the phase two of the project which is the actual equipping of the hospital will come after this first phase.
“This first phase will take eighty six weeks to complete and adequate provision has been made for that purpose in the FCT statutory budget” she said.
FEC also approved a contract for the Code of Conduct Bureau headquarters in the central business district. The contract which is to build a thirteen storey building comprising of a four level storey car park, two of which are subterranean and others above ground.
Ms. Akinjide explained that because of development control provision, any building in the central business district must have a multi level car park, the designed had to be revised to put in the parking provision so the contract is now revised from N3.509 billion to N8.767 billion with a completion period of 36 months.
Following the recent heavy rains and flooding, FEC approved general repairs of federal roads across the country, with the most impacted roads, given urgent attention.
The Works Minister, Mike Onolememen, said repairs in Kano will cost N3 billion while that of Plateau will cost about N1 billion.
He said adequate measures are in place to check against any compromise by top officials involved in road project monitoring.
CORRECTION: This post has been corrected to reflect that it was the minister of state for Niger Delta (not Godswill Orubebe, Minister of Niger Delta) who swapped position with the minister of state for power. The initial error is regretted.