The buses are to be manufactured locally.
The Executive Council of the Federation, FEC, on Wednesday approved the procurement of 30 units of 33-seater buses for N311 million. The buses are meant to reduce the transportation challenges faced by civil servants in Abuja.
Briefing journalists after the weekly FEC meeting, the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, who briefed alongside the Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki, and the Head of Service, Bukar Aji, said the approval came following a memo tabled by President Goodluck Jonathan through the Head of Service.
The President’s memo had sought council’s ratification of his anticipatory approval for the procurement of the diesel air-conditioned Innoson buses (IVM6800), by the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
Mr. Maku said the choice of Innoson buses was in compliance with the directive of the FEC at its January 20, 2010 meeting that locally assembled and available vehicles be patronised instead of foreign ones.
He added that the procurement of the buses will serve as a palliative for transportation difficulties experienced by civil servants living in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, and its satellite towns; as well as raise staff morale for service delivery.
“In view of the priority placed on service delivery at institutional and individual levels in the public service by the administration and the enormous benefits of the scheme on the lives of he beneficiaries, council ratified the President’s anticipatory approval for the procurement of 30 numbers of 33-seater deselect air conditioned Innoson Bus IVM 6800 , in favor of Messrs Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Ltd in the sum of N311,850,00.00, inclusive of VAT, with delivery period of 10 months,” he said.
The Head of Service while explaining the details of the procurement said the vehicles which will be brought in from the Innoson Company in Nnewi will cost N9.9 million each. He added that the main reason for the procurement of the vehicles was to help the civil servants commute from their residence to offices with ease following the scrapping of the ‘araba’ buses in Abuja.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) had in June restricted the old green buses from plying the city centre, which has caused hardship for residents living in satellite towns and coming to town in the city centre.
Mr. Maku also recalled that the President had earlier turned down a memo by the National Population Commission to buy vehicles from abroad, directing them to instead procure the vehicles from the Innoson Company in Nnewi.
He added that the president has also directed that all future procurement of tricycle and vehicles should be done locally, since there are companies that now manufacture and couple them in the country.
The Council also discussed the implementation of constituency projects in Nigeria as well as the challenges faced therein.
Mr. Maku said the President directed the Minister of Special Duties to coordinate and fastrack the implementation of constituency projects, which are projects sited in constituencies of federal lawmakers.
The Minister of Special Duties noted that henceforth there will be a quick release of the N75 billion special funds which has been set aside for the 2399 identified projects through 111 ministries, departments, and agencies, MDA’s.
Mr. Turaki noted that the exit of lawmakers, wrong design, and domiciling of projects in MDA’s unrelated to the projects have caused the abandonment of many constituency projects across the country.
The minster said all the projects would be tracked to ensure transparency as well as smoother implementation also stated that there is now a faster pace of implementation of constituency projects and that most of the projects were now at procurement stages.
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