A total of N21,107,212,510 has been granted by the federal government for projects in the Aviation and Education Ministries, as well as certain other federal ministries.
This was revealed to State House correspondents after President Muhammadu Buhari presided over a virtual federal executive council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday.
Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, said the council had approved four memorandums for his ministry, totalling ₦16,697,742,839.
Construction of Wachakal Airport in Yobe State for ₦6.3 billion; post-construction services for the same airport for ₦219.8 million; procurement of eight airport rescue and firefighting vehicles for ₦9.5 billion; and a contract for the deployment of sniffer dogs at the Lagos and Abuja international airports, according to him.
FEC approved four memoranda from civil aviation. One of them is approved for the construction of Wachakal Airport in Yobe State and at the contract sum of ₦6,284,065,056. Even and in our drive to develop the sector and ensure connectivity within our region and also improve on our security architecture and also attend to the various needs of civilization, we found this airport and many others that are coming across the country use, He said.
The second was a post-Consultancy Services for the construction of the same airport, Wachakal Air stripe which is very close to Nguru in Yobe state. So, first Consultancy Services is given to Kafe Engineering at the sum of ₦219,782,500 only. This will include seven and a half per cent VAT”.
Explaining further, the Minister said: “the third memorandum that was taken his approval for the supply and maintenance of eight units of airport rescue and firefighting vehicle including spare parts and training. And this was given to Messers Gulf of Africa International Limited.