Buhari to hold final session with cabinet on Monday

By Shola Abayomi.

Ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term inauguration on May 29, the final session of the Federal Executive Council has been scheduled to hold on Monday.

The valedictory session of the outgoing cabinent is also slated to hold on Wednesday, May 22.

This was revealed at the end of Thursday’s FEC meeting chaired by the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in the absence of the President, who is in Saudi Arabia for the lesser pilgrimage.

Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting which lasted for long hours, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, accompanied by his colleagues; Ministers of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammed Bello, said that the sum of N1.8 billion was approved by the council for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the buildings of the Railway village in Agbo, Delta State.

He also disclosed that the sum of N743 million was allocated for the procurement of security and safety deficiencies as well as incidence laboratory for Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Sirika further explained that the total sum for the procurement included taxes with a completion period of 12 months.

He revealed that the contract for the procurement of pavement marking machines was also approved by the council at the cost of N391.8 million.

“This is a visual aid for pilots for safe operations around our airports,” he said.

The Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammed Bello also spoke to newsmen. He said that the council approved six contracts worth N2.6 billion for the Federal Capital Territory.

“The FCT got approval for the award of contract for the construction and equipping of materials testing laboratory in Abuja and that contract is in the sum of N616, 278, 844.19 with a completion period of five months.

“That laboratory already is under construction, so basically it is just to equip the laboratory and is going to test all the items that go into the construction of roads and buildings,” he said.

Bello further said cabinet approved another contract for a temporary access road in the central area of the territory.

“The second contract was for the provision of an access road to link very key anterior roads in the Central Business District, that is Ahmadu Bello Way and Sani Abacha Way, all in the FCT, in the sum of N670,347,909 with a completion period of six months.

“The third memo was for the award of contract for the design of engineering and solid waste treatment plant and transfer stations in the FCT, and it is a consultancy project awarded in the sum of N473,798,934, to be completed in 12 months.

“These transfer stations are meant to serve the waste management value chain so that before you get to the final dump site, solid waste is separated according to the various grades, and that makes it easier for recycling.

“As you know, now we have what is called waste to wealth, and that will create a very important economic system for people who will invest in it,” he said.

He said another contract awarded for the FCT was that of engineering design of expandable main sewage treatment plant at Kango and Associated Trunk lines at the cost of N511,528,689.

According to the FCT Minister, another N143.7 million was approved for the final engineering design of infrastructure and production of another tender document for Sector Centres E and F in Phase 111 of FCC, Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari is strongly expected to dissolve his cabinet ahead of his second term inauguration on May 29, the day his first term ends.

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