The Executive Council of the Federation on Wednesday approved about N15.4billion for the execution of various contracts, including five new power-substations to be located in Enugu, Ondo, Kogi, Kaduna and Jigawa states.
Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, told reporters at the end of the meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja that the contracts, which also included those for water projects, were a demonstration of government’s commitment to not only improve the power supply situation in the country, but also the welfare of the people. They are to be completed in 24 months.
Mr. Maku said the engineering, manufacture, supply, construction and commissioning contracts (Lot 2011-12) for the construction of 2x60MVA, 133/33mv line at Bays extension at Keffi awarded to Liaoning Efacec ElevtricL Equipment Co, is for the sum of $5.74million, plus N695million, while the 2x60MVA, 132/33kv substation (Lot 2011-14) at Nnenwe as well as 2x132kv line Bays extension at Ugwuaji to Metro Elektrik is for $596million, plus N826million.
Another contract awarded to TBEA Henyang (Lot 2011-15) for 2x60MVA,132/33kv substation at Egbe and 2x132kv line bays extension at Omuran is $5.6million, plus N740.3million, while the 2x60MVA,132/33kv substation at Ose LGA and Headuarters and 2x132kv line bays extension at Okeagbe to Junot Engineering Services Limited (Lot 2010-33) is for €5.15million, plus N779.5million and 2x60MVA,132/33kv substation at Gagarawa, Jigawa state (Lot2010-34) awarded to Power Control & Appliances Ltd for $4.07million, plus N635,635,940.81.
Also approved was a N7.02 billion contract for the rehabilitation and expansion of Terminal 4 of Old Warri seaport, owing to increasing traffic and stretching of the seaports in Lagos.
Mr. Maku explained that this was a big boost to Nigerian maritime industry, especially as the country’s ports have now commenced 24 hours daily operations.
Minister of Transport, Idris Umar, who joined Mr. Maku for the briefing, announced that following successful dredging of River Niger from the Niger state end through Kogi and Anambra states, similar exercise had been approved for River Benue from Yola through to Makurdi, to improve inland waterway transport and commerce, while reducing cargo impact on roads.
The contract would gulp about N221.03 million for the consultancy services for the study and design of the Yola-Makurdi navigational route expected to help create more jobs and open up the country’s waterways.
Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, used the occasion to announced that barely two weeks to the end of the first quarter of 2012 when the implementation of the 2011 Appropriation Act is expected to end, the Federal Government has recorded 83 per cent implementation.
She gave the assurance that government was determined to do better in the subsequent budgets, adding that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have improved their efficiency in carrying through many budgetary programmes and projects.