Cabinet approves N12bn for ecological projects

Timothy Choji, Abuja

(l-r) National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd); Head of Service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita; Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari; SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapher and Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo who presided over the meetomg of the Federal Executive Council at the Aso Chambers, State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 08/08/2018

The Nigerian government has approved over N12 billion for the execution of ecological projects across the country.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina revealed this to Journalist while briefing them on Wednesday’s cabinet meeting presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

Adesina said the benefitting states include Anambra, Lagos, Oyo, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Plateau, as well as the Federal Capital Territory and the State House.

He said: “The sum of 12, 104, 882, 000 was approved for twelve ecological projects in different geo-political zones of the country. The projects include  Umunze erosion/flood control project in Anambra State, dredging and channelization of Musafejo canal in Surulere-Lagos, Ibadan flood and erosion control works in Oyo State, Ibiaku-Utui-Uroan route erosion control works in Akwa Ibom State, erosion control and rehabilitation of Hong-Kanaha road, Adamawa State, gully erosion control project in Bauchi State, Ramat Polytechnic erosion control and flood project in Borno State.

“Erosion, flood control and road improvement works in Dutse, Jigawa State, erosion and flood control work in Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna State, flood and erosion control project at Kanam, Plateau State, erosion control and bridges and road improvement works in Kwali Area Council Abuja and erosion control at State House-Abuja.”

Tuesday’s Sack

Commenting on remarks being made on Tuesday’s sacking of the Director General of the Directorate of State Security DSS, the Special Adviser said the Presidency is one and the Acting President acted with the powers transmitted to him by President Muhamamdu Buhari, who is on vacation.

What we will like to say for the umpteenth time is that the Presidency is one. Whenever the President is proceeding on vacation he transmits power to the Vice President, who then becomes the Acting President. On this occasion he also did that. So the Acting President has all the powers of a President.

“Now it’s a matter then of decency and we know that the Acting President is a decent man, there is no tussle for power, there is no tough battle between him and the President. When something like what happened yesterday happens, then, there will be unanimity. There is no way there won’t be unanimity on that kind of decision. It’s not something that will be discussed with the press but know that there was unanimity in the decision,” Adesina explained.

Container Scanners

While also briefing Journalists, Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun revealed that N8.4 billion was approved by the cabinet for the purchase of container scanners for the Nigeria Customs Service.

Cross section of Ministers as Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Aso Chambers, State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 08/08/2018

She said the aim is to address security challenges especially at the country’s ports and also to raise revenues accruing to Nigeria through the ports.

“I presented and approved a memo on behalf of the Nigeria Customs Service, for the procurement of three units Rapiscan Mobile Cargo Scanner-Eagle M60. These scanners would be deployed in Apapa, Tincan and Onne ports. Currently we don’t have any working scanners in customs and this is causing us a major security challenge especially with the importation of ammunition, drugs and other illicit materials as well as loss of revenue that is occasioned by miss-declaration of what is in containers.

So currently what the customs do is to open up a container and do 100 percent inspection, which has a lot of implications; one, they may not necessarily detect everything and secondly it affects the ease of doing business because it delays the evacuation of containers from our ports.  So by the deployment of these scanners, the Customs estimate that there will be 80 percent improvement in the time taken to inspect cargo at our ports,” she stated.