FG Okays N1.04bn For Projects In Health, Water Resources

The federal government has approved a total of N1,039,000,000 for

contracts variation in the ministries of Health and Water Resources.

This was disclosed to State House Correspondents after the federal
executive council meeting presided over by the Vice President,
Professor Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who briefed on
behalf of Health and Water Resources said the council approved an
upward review of the contract for the emergency supply, installation
and maintenance of the 38 oxygen plants across the country in the sum
of N836 million.

He said “the Minister of Health also presented a memo seeking for an
upward review for the emergency supply, installation and maintenance
of the 38 oxygen plants all over the country.

“You will remember in June, the Federal Executive Council, actually
approved the sum of N5.615 billion to four major contractors for the
emergency supply, installation and maintenance of 38 oxygen plants in
various parts of the country.

“Regrettably, the four companies also came back recently with the same
complaints ranging from fluctuation in the foreign exchange and the
scarcity of the material all over the world as a result of COVID-19.
So, he presented a memo for augmentation in the sum of N836 million
and this was also approved today”, he said.

According to him, a sum of N203 million was approved as the revised
estimate cost for the consultants supervising Bagwai Water Dam
Irrigation project in Bagwai council area of Kano State.

“The Honourable Minister for Water Resources presented a memo to
Council today, seeking Council’s approval for the revised estimate
costs and extension of the contract of the consultants supervising the
project from an initial sum of N98 million to N203 million.

“The Bagwai Water Dam Irrigation project in Bagwai local government
area of Kano State actually was commenced, the initial contract was
actually awarded year 2005 and due to several logistics problems, the
project is still on and just recently the FEC actually approved an
augmentation of the entire contract and that means also that the
mandate of the consultant supervising the construction would also have
to be reviewed.

“So, it was reviewed from N98,000,000 with the sum of N203 million.
So, now the total cost for the consultancy is N302,875,379”, the
Minister said.

Mohammed also said council ratified the United Nations Tourism
Organisation Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics 2020.

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