Nigeria to purchase N499m vehicles for Works ministry

Timothy Choji, Abuja

PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER FEC. 4. R-L; President Muhammadu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha and, Chief of Saff Mallam Abba Kyari, Head of Civil Service of the Federal, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita during Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting at the Council Chambers in Abuja.

The Federal Executive Council FEC has approved contract for the purchase of operational vehicles worth N499 million for the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

The decision was reached at Wednesday’s meeting of the Council, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu disclosed this to Journalists at the end of the meeting.

Shehu, who spoke on behalf of the Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola, said: “The ministry of power works and housing got an approval to buy project monitoring vehicles at N499 million.

He also disclosed that the Ministry of Education also got an approval for the building of a faculty at the National Open University headquarters.

“Council also approved the construction and furnishing of a three storey faculty building that comprises academic, departmental offices, a conference room, libraries, oilers and external blocks for the National Open University of Nigeria. They relocated from Lagos to Abuja in March 2016 and only four out of the eight faculties have moved, the approval is to enable others move also. The new structure would be built at the cost of N711 million,” he said.

The Presidential Spokesperson further revealed that the Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita also briefed the Council on a proposed programme being put in place by her office, to help interface between Permanent Secretaries and Ministers and other political heads in order to enhance effectiveness in service delivery and smooth relations between them.

Cross Section during Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting at the Council Chambers in Abuja.

Social Intervention

On her part, Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed told Journalists that the Council gave five approvals for programmes under the Budget ministry, to help address unemployment and youth empowerment.

She said: “The Ministry presented five memos to council all in respect of the National Social Investment Programme SIP. As at today, the SIP has up to 9.76 million beneficiaries cutting across the four programmes that have so far been deployed. The subject of the meeting today was cantered around N-Power, it has 200,000 beneficiaries already that have been deployed as teachers, agriculture extension workers as well as health extension workers. So we are adding to these numbers by moving to the N-Power Knowledge category. This is a category where non-graduates will be trained in skills and attached to companies where they will gain experience during apprenticeship. The categories are three: first is a group of 2,000 beneficiaries will be trained in software development, web development and will be equipped with devices. The essence of the training is to make them self employable at the end of the training which will be for three months and there will be a apprenticeship attachment after the training. 

“Second category, is the supply of 3,000 devices that will be used by staff of the National Cash Transfer office at the national, state, local and Ward levels, to register beneficiaries of the National Cash Transfer programme to able to record their data, BVN and their biometrics information as well as the location of where they are. Also, that device will help them to capture information on payments that accrue to the beneficiaries. It will help us to track the performance of the National Cash Transfer programme.

“The third approval was the training of 2,900 beneficiaries in building, construction and automobile related industries skills. This training will cover electrical installations, carpentry, genre, wielding and fabrication, plumbing and piping fitting, paintings and decoration as well as automobile technology. The training will be for a period of three months and also one apprenticeship attachment. At the end of the training they will be given tools related to the trade that every participant is trained for, so that they will become self employed. 

“The fourth category is the N-Power creating. It is meant to teach our youths on how to convert their creative skills into technology to be able to do animation, graphic illustration, script writing and post production activities. There will be 1,500 beneficiaries and would be trained for a period of one month and will have two months apprenticeship in a relevant company and agency that has the capacity to train them. At the end of this training, each of this group of beneficiaries will be going with the devices that will be provided to them. The devices will have uploaded special software specific to the skills they have acquired. Our target is that at the end of the day they will be self employed and be able to employ more people.” She explained.