The Federal Government on Nigeria has awarded a contract to an Indigenous motor company, Innoson Motors, for the supply of vehicles to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
It was gathered that the sum of N660,422,220 was budgeted for the twenty-one vehicles consisting of 20 pick-ups and 1 City Bus.
The development was confirmed to newsmen by Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed who spoke at the end of today’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Aso Rock Villa.
The Minister maintained that the federal government deemed it fit to award the contract to Innoson Motors in the spirit of encouraging local industries.
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Also at the FEC meeting today, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami secured approval from FEC for the provision of broadband infrastructure for micro-small medium enterprises and also tertiary and higher learning institutions across the six geo-political zones.
In his remark about the development, Mohammed said the incumbent government is passionate about deepening the broadband infrastructure and that was why the contract was awarded to various companies for N16, 709, 853,000.
Also the Ministry of Communications secured approval for the supply, installation and upgrading of a new set of new IT communications equipment and furniture for emergency communication centres all over the country and that was awarded for the sum of N668 million.
There was also the ratification of the International Labour Organisation Migrant Workers Supplementary Provision with Nigeria ratifying the 1975 Convention by the FEC following a memo from the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
“There is also the memo from the Minister of Science and Technology for the approval of the Draft National Policy on Welding.
“This is again to ensure that small and medium scale industries get necessary skilled labour. As it is today, most of our welders come from neighbouring countries, and that is the national policy to bridge that gap.
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“There is a memo presented by the Minister of Works and Housing seeking the approval of the revised estimated total cost of the contract for the construction of Patigi-Ada Road in Kwara State, and the contract is for augmentation to the total sum of N1.192 billion, which will jerk the original contract from N4.3 billion to N5.5 billion,” Mohammed noted while giving the highlight of the FEC meeting today.
The Minister also revealed that there was an approval for a revised estimated total cost of the contract for the rehabilitation of Kotangora-Rijau-Tunganmagajiya road section 2, phase 1 in Niger state.
He said the contractor for the project was seeking a revised cost in the sum of N2.8 billion, taking the total contract sim to N6.5 billion.