Naomi Gabriel —
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved N90.8 billion for the rehabilitation of Kashimbila-Takum-Chanchangi road in Taraba and the procurement of equipment for some airports in the country.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), N66.9 billion of the amount was approved for the construction of Kashimbila-Takum-Chanchangi road in Taraba, while the remaining N23.9 billion was approved for the procurement of equipment for the airports.
In a meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari, also had the Ministers of Information and Culture, Works and Housing, Lai Mohammed and Babatunde Fashola, respectively.
While briefing the council, Fashola said “the Ministry of Works and Housing presented one memorandum and it was for the rehabilitation of the 91.94-kilometre Kashimbila-Takum-Chanchangi road in Taraba State and council approved the proposal by the ministry in the sum of N66. 983billion.”
He also added that the project will boost transportation network in Taraba state and the entire North-east zone.
On his part, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed that the council approved N23.9 billion for the procurement of equipment for some airports across the country.
He said the equipment to be procured includes a radio communication system for some control towers and instrument landing systems for some airports.
“The Minister of Aviation presented two memos, one was for the award of contract for the upgrade of 12 airports tower voice communication and control system radio for 12 airports located in Akure, Benin, Calabar, Ibadan, Ilorin, Jos, Minna, Owerri, Sokoto, Yola, Kaduna and Enugu Mohammed said.
“The contract was for the sum of N9.988 billion with a completion period of 13 months.
“As you are aware, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency NAMA has a statutory mandate to enhance the safety and security of the Nigerian airspace and it is in line with this that it sought to upgrade 12 air control towers’ voice and communication control system.”
The minister said the communication tower had to be upgraded to enhance better performance in the 12 airports in conferment with technological advancements and the aviation industry’s best practices.