Federal Executive Council approves N3.8bn for maritime safety

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

Vice President Osinbajo at FEC meeting on Wednesday.

The Federal Executive Council has moved to ensure adequate secuirty of Nigeria’s maritime environment with the approval of about N3.8 billion for the lease of vessels for that purpose.

This was one of the decisions taken at Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council Meeting, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who briefed State House Correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said the Federal Executive Council approved the N3.8bn naira for the lease of fast going vessels for a period of year.

He said the approval was for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, to perform its responsibilities.

Amaechi said council also approved memos from the Ministry of the Interior for the purchase of vehicles for border patrol.

He said the amount approved for the purchase of the patrol vehicles was N358 million.

Amaechi also said five billion naira was approved the construction of the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, explaining that the amount increased due to variations in exchange rate.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, explained that President Muhammadu Buhari, could not attend the meeting because he needed time to rest.

He said the president asked that files be brought to him to enable him to work from home and explained that Vice-President Osinbajo would meet with him (Buhari) later on Wednesday.