Transportation sector gets N2 billion for surveillance equipment

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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The Federal Executive Council has approved over two billion naira for the procurement of surveillance equipment for some airports and inland waterways in the country.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed disclosed this to State House Correspondents at the end of Wednesday’s cabinet meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mohammed disclosed that N1.2 billion was approved for the purchase of surveillance equipment for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja and the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

He said: “The Minister sought for council’s approval, which was granted for a contract for the design, supply and installation of a long-range thermal camera surveillance system at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.

“The total sum of the contract is N1,278,594,250. And this is in order to upgrade and provide security and safety for the Nigerian Airports Authority especially to avoid incidents on the airside and runway.”

The Minister further stated that the council also approved N783.5 million for the procurement of two hydrographic survey boats for National Inland Waterways Authority.

“The Minister of transportation sought and got council’s approval for the award of contract for the procurement of two hydrographic survey boats for National Inland Waterways Authority. In the sum of N753,521,275 inclusive of 7.5% VAT,” he said.

The Minister, who spoke on behalf of his Transportation counterpart, said the contract has a completion period of six months.

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