Cabinet approves N10.4bn for procurement of firefighting vehicles

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

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The Federal Executive Council has approved N10. 4 Billion for the procurement of fire fighting vehicles and equipment for the Federal Fire Service.

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola revealed this while briefing Journalists at the end of this week’s cabinet meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said: “The council considered and approved the procurement of various firefighting equipment. The total sum of the approval is N10, 436, 375, 340.96. The breakdown is as follows; the approval covers the supply of 44 firefighting engines, it also covers the supply of 15 water tankers, 15 rapid intervention fire engines, not conventional ones, that can go into any nook and cranny to respond to distressed calls.

“The approval also covers the supply of 20 basic life support ambulances. So, in all, we are talking about 79 firefighting equipment and support vehicles.”

Aregbesola said the procurement of the vehicles would enhance the capacity of the Federal Fire Service, to effectively control and manage emergencies relating to fire.

He used the opportunity to appeal to state governments to also equip their fire services, to complement the work of the Federal Fire Service operating in their states.

The Interior Minister also announced that the ministry got approval of N353.2 million for the deployment of integrated real-time data repository equipment for the Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters, Abuja.

“The council also considered and approved the award of contract for the deployment of an integrated real-time data repository and security intelligence solution to the Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters here in Abuja and the delivery period for that contract is four months at a total sum of N353, 219, 200 only,” he said.

The Minister explained that the aim is to ensure the immigration Service has all its databases on one platform, for effective management of such data.

 

Zainab Sa’id

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