It also approved new metallurgical bill for onward transmission to National Assembly.
The Executive Council of the Federation, FEC, at its meeting on Wednesday approved N240.2 million for the direct procurement of 44 SUVs. The vehicles are for the chairmen of the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme,, SURE-P in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The vehicles are for the coordination and implementation committee of the community services, women and youth employment projects under SURE-P, the Minister of Information and Supervising Minister for Defence, Labaran Maku, told journalists after the meeting.
The vehicles will be purchased from Innoson motors, a Nigerian-based vehicle assembler. Mr. Maku said the memo for the purchase of the vehicles was brought by the Labour Minister.
Mr. Maku briefed alongside the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Nwogu, and the Minister of Solid Minerals, Mines and Steel Development, Mohammed Sada; after the meeting which was presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking on the SURE-P vehicles, Mr. Wogu said “it has become important that utility vehicles are procured which will enhance monitoring and supervision of the community services, women and youth employment activities at the state and local government levels nationwide. There is a budgetary provision in the 2013 appropriation for the project.”
He said the choice of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturer Company Limited is line with the Federal Government’s policy to patronize locally manufactured vehicles through direct procurement method.
“After deliberations, council approved the award of the contract in the sum of N240.2million inclusive of VAT with a completion period of one week,” he said.
The FEC also approved the Nigerian Metallurgical Industry Draft Bill 2014 for onward transmission to the National Assembly for promulgation into law to provide the necessary framework for the regulation of the metal industry in Nigeria. The memo for the bill was presented by Mr. Sada
The objective of the Bill is to amongst others assist in regulating the operations of all metallurgical plants in Nigeria by ensuring that metallurgical products and the raw materials being manufactured or imported into the country meet the set standards; as well as enforcing compliance with quality, safety and metallurgical environmental regulations.
The minister stated that the draft bill was started over two years ago with interaction with stakeholders.
“Government noted that based on the importance of metals to industrial development, it needed to get the laws right for the sector, to enhance value chain creation for mines and minerals as well as promote sustainable development in the sector.
“The bill when passed into law will also help to protect investors in the sector and provide the legal framework for operators in the sector, since it is aimed at providing the requisite skills and establish an inspectorate department to ensure compliance with standards, rules and regulation,” he said.
Mr. Sada also announced that his ministry was liaising with other relevant MDAs to encourage the creation of the right atmosphere for the operators in the sector to create a strong metal sector that will support Nigeria’s industrialization and the new national automotive policy.