Federal government clarifies recent arrests

Ben Adam Shemamg

The Nigerian Council of Ministers also known as the Federal Executive Council, has met in Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding.

The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola gave an insight as to what transpired at the meeting.

“The council approved the completion of the 10 megawatts electricity farm project in Katsina State, north west of the country.The work had been abandoned because the contractor was kidnapped, when released, he left the country.Some of the items have gone bad and need replacement.”

Another project the council approved was the construction of federal secretariats in six states namely, Bayelsa, Anambra,  Nasarawa, Osun, Zamfara and Gombe and it is put at the cost of N700 million.

This will serve as office accommodation for federal workers in such states.

Federal Executive Council also discussed seaport matters and aviation issues, as attested to by the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr Hadi, Sirika .

“An Industrial Port Development for Badagry in Lagos state, south west Nigeria is to be established”, he said.

Similarly, the council approved the transfer of a flight simulator from Lagos to Zaria in northern Nigeria.

The Minister of State for Aviation , Hadi Sirika, said the flight training simulator 737 was purchased on behalf of the College of Aviation Technology Zaria but that the last administration sited it in Lagos but now, council  has approved that it should be taken  to Zaria where it will be more beneficial to students of the college.

And the Nigerian government says the executive arm  is not out to ridicule the judiciary in the country.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mr Lai Mohammed told State House Correspondents after a meeting of the Federal Executive Council that the government is fighting corruption and not the judiciary or the judges.

Mr Lai Mohammed said judges do not have immunity from  prosecution.