FEC approved phase five section of East-West Road, President Jonathan reshuffle cabinet.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on October 22, 2014, which was presided over by Mr. President Goodluck Jonathan, announced the reshufflement of his cabinet.
Briefing reporters at the end of the meeting, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Nurudeen Mohammed, who is now to oversee the Ministry of Information, said that the Minister of State I, Foreign Affairs, Professor Viola Onwuliri, had been moved to Education while the Minister of State, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan would oversee the Minister of Health.
The Minister of Special Duties, Mr Kabiru Turaki, is to oversee the Ministry of Labour and Productivity while the Minister of Defence, Mr Aliyu Guasu, will combine his duties with those of the Minister of State, Defence.
Also, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Stephen Oru, will combine his responsibilities with those of the Minister of State, Defence vacated by Dr. Darius Ishaku; the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, will combine his duties with those of the Minister of State previously held by Samuel Ortom.
The Minister Mohammed said that the ministers appointed to supervise other ministries were to act in the capacity pending when substantive ministers would be named.
1. Approval for the award of contract for the supply and installation of a full Jet-Flight Simulator (5000 Series B737) with complete accessories for the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria to be located at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.
The project will serve a dual purpose of a training facility for the college and a source of revenue generation for the country. Council approved the award of contract for the supply and installation of a Full Jet-Flight Simulator (5000 Series B737) with complete accessories for the NCAT Zaria to be located at MMIA Lagos in favour of Messrs. CAE, Canada in the sum of $21.459 million inclusive of all taxes payable at the prevailing exchange rate at the time of payment with a completion period of 24 months.
2. EAST-WEST ROAD
Ratification of Mr. President's approval for the ward of contract for the construction of the East West Road, Section V (Oron-Calabar) phase 1in Akwa Ibom / Cross River States.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs brought a memorandum to seek Council's ratification of Mr. President's anticipatory approval for the award of contract for the construction of phase 1, section V of the East West road, beginning from Uyo/ Oron roundabout in Akwa Ibom state to Calabar - Odukpani road in Calabar, Criss Rivers State.
The benefit to be derived from the extension of the East-West road are enormous as it greatly reduce travel time from Oron,which the end section IV of the East- West road to Calabar from 3 hours to 30 minutes. Council ratified Mr. President's anticipatory approval for the award of contract for the construction of phase I, section V of the East -West road, beginning from Uyo/Oron roundabout in Akwa Ibom state to Calabar- Odukpani road in Calabar, Criss Rivers State in favour of Messrs China Civil a engineering and construction Company( CCECC) in the sum of N165,249,125,989.16( One Hundred and Sixty five Billion, Two Hundred and forty- nine Million, One Hundred and Twenty- Five Thousand , Nine Hundred and Eighty- Nine, Naira, Sixteen Kobo ) , with a completion period of five years.
3. Approval for the award of contract for the supervision of construction of Calabar-Oba-Nsan-Okoroba-Ajasor road (Section 1) in Cross River State and construction of road/drainage at Mbaise Ring Road intersecting Owerri-Umahia road in Imo State
After the adoption of the previous conclusion, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs presented a memorandum to seek Council's approval for the award of contract for the supervision of the construction of Calabar-Oban-Nsan-Okoroba-Ajasor road (Section1) in Cross River State and the construction of Mbaise Ring Road intersecting Owerri-Owerri road in Imo State.
The projects upon completion will enhance the spread of infrastructure development across the entire Niger Delta region. Messrs. Siraj (Nig) Limited, supervision of the construction of Calabar-Oban-Nsan-Ajasor road (section) in Cross River in the sum of N106, 407,242.51 (One hundred and six million, four hundred and seven, thousand, two hundred and forty two Naira fifty one kobo) with a completion period of 24 months.
4. The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs tabled a memo before council seeking council’s approval for the Revised Estimated Total Cost (RETC) of various contracts as a result of rising costs of critical construction materials, plants, localised taxes, spiral effect of inflation etc which has reached an unbearable level over the yeas such that the subsisting unit rates could no longer sustain.
Council approved the Revised Estimated Total Cost (RETC) 2 for the East-West Road Project, Sections I and II (Sub-Sections II-I and II-II) in the sum of N23, 484,369,831.99 (Twenty-three billion, four hundred and Eighty four million, three hundred and sixty nine thousand, eight hundred and thirty one, naira ninety nine kobo) inclusive of all taxes in favour of Messers Sectraco (Nigeria) Limited with a completion period of 7 months.
5. The minister of power presented a memorandum to seek council's approval for the purchase of a building situated at plot 187, Housing Area B, new owerri, Imo state as Zonal Office for the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.
Provision of office accommodation will enable NERC to effectively perform its regulatory function in the zone as there are provision of 565,127,793.08 in the NERC's 2014 appropriation.
After due consideration, council approved the awards of contract for the purchase of Zonal Office Building situated at Plot 187, Housing Area B new owerri, Imo state for the nigerian electricity regulatory commission in favour of messrs chukwuemeka Okoli and associates in the sum of 131,969,250naira inclusive 5percent agency and 5percent VAT
6. The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment brough a memorandum to seek Council's approval for the award of contract to the appointment of a Transaction Adviser for the Rehabilitation of the Independence Building for the National Trade and International Business Centre (NITBC) project in Lagos State.
It is expected that upon successful completion of the project, the Centre will generate revenue and provide a none stop international centre for the development of trade and enhancement of foreign investment in Nigeria. There is need to appoint a Transaction Adviser who will initiate and establish a first class project preparation and procurement process to actualise the project. After due consideration, Council approved the award of contract for the appointment of Transaction Adviser for the Rehabilitation of Independence Building for National Trade and International Business Centre Project in Lagos State in favour of Messrs Infrastructure Bank Plc, in the sum of N150,364,000 only with a completion period of 12 months.