FEC okays purchase of high frequency radios for airports

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the sum of N1.1 billion for the purchase of high frequency radio equipment in 14 airports across the country.

Minister of State-Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika revealed this to journalists while briefing them on what transpired at the meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Council approved a contract for the procurement and installation of very high frequency radio equipment in Kano, Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and 10 other airports. Those 10 other airports are Enugu, Calabar, Benin, Jos, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Ilorin. The total sum of the contract N1.147, 506,398.98 and the completion period is 20 months. This we will significantly improve the radio communication and ensure that the whole country is covered by this radio,” he said.

The Aviation Minister said when installed, the equipment will enhance communication between pilots and control towers in airports across the country, thus enhancing safety in the aviation industry.

“This radio is needed for communication between pilots and towers and it is an important tool for safety. This is will of course, deal with the issue of inadequate radio equipment that we have had in the country earlier than now. It is a very big relief for the country,” Sirika stated.

On her part, Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun told State House Correspondents that she gave a scorecard of approvals the Ministry received from 2015 to date.

She said the Ministry has so far released the sum of N1.2 trillion from the 2017 budget for capital expenditure.

“I gave an update on the level of capital releases till date from 2017 and l gave details of the big four areas and then others. So, Power, Works and Housing got N301.89 billion, Defence 151.2 billion, Agriculture N119.9 billion, Transport N127.9 billion and other areas combined is N545.6 billion. So the total capital budget release for 2017 so far is N1.248, 310 trillion.

 We haven’t closed yet. We are confident we will close the year roughly around where we closed last year. We will close at around N1.3 trillion mark. So, our commitment to infrastructure spending remains very strong. That is what is going to drive growth of the economy. That is what is going to drive jobs,” she said.

Adeosun the whistle blower policy has so far raked N7.8 billion$378 million and £27, 800 for the Nigerian government.

She said the UK government is already giving Nigeria training on whistle blowing and how to institutionalize it.

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