By Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
The Federal Executive Council, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved contracts worth N1.4 billion for the award of surveillance equipment contract for two airports in Nigeria.
Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of this week’s cabinet meeting.
He said the beneficiary airports are Kaduna and Port Harcourt in Kaduna and Rivers states.
He said: “The approval is for the award of contracts for the design, supply and maintenance of Mobile Remote Licensed Surveillance Observation Systems and these are for Port Harcourt and Kaduna Airports and will continue progressively. to other airports.
“We are starting with the first two but this will continue with the remaining airports in the future and the contract amount for this particular market is N1,499,603,500.00 including Value Added Tax of N7, 5% and it will be delivered within 30 weeks.”
Sirika also announced that the council had approved Nigeria’s conclusion of a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) with Canada.
He explained that the agreement was in line with the Chicago Convention, to which Nigeria and Canada are signatories.
“The approval we obtained was for the signing of a Bilateral Air Services Agreement between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Government of Canada in accordance with the Chicago Convention, to which Nigeria and Canada are signatories.
“The highlights of the bilateral air services agreement between us and Canada involve the granting of rights and privileges as well as the designation of airlines, the authorization, denial, revocation, suspension and limitation of authorization, application of national laws and regulations.
“Other components are safety standards certificate and licenses, aviation safety, customs duties and other charges, pricing statistics and general conditions of carriage, availability of airports and aviation facilities and services, capacity, airline representatives, ground handling, sales and transfer of funds, consultations, amendments thereto, dispute resolution, entry into force among others and the board approved that we should move forward and sign the Bilateral Air Services Agreement Bilateral Air Services Agreement between us and Canada for all mutual benefits,” he said.
Water Resources Minister Sulieman Adamu said the Council also approved the N6 billion increase for the Chochi Irrigation Scheme in Adamawa State.
Adamu said, “As you know, the trend with us since the inception of this administration has been to focus on completing the ongoing project that we inherited.
“This project started in 1988 during the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) era to provide 1,200 hectares of irrigation to Chochi in Yola, Adamawa State. Unfortunately, he suffered many setbacks.
“First following the dissolution of PTF, it was transferred to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and was kept in the cooler for about eight years, before finally emerging in 2006 and being rewarded with the same Impressive Bacolori company, but in the following years he suffered so much.
“There’s been a lot of encroachment in the area because it’s outside Yola town, between Yola and Jimiter. Buildings have sprung up, gas stations, etc. So what of course causes is repeatedly to rethink the project. Now we are about to finish it. And one of the key issues is that the project is pump-based.
“At the time it was awarded, diesel was very cheap. But now diesel is so expensive. We have therefore provided a solar component to supply energy to the pumps, to irrigate the land and this is one of the reasons in addition to the variation in prices, the fluctuation of currencies which calls for a revision of this project, seeking an increase of about 6 billion naira and an extension of time to complete the project. At the same time, we felt the need to strengthen the company’s technical, financial and managerial capacities, which have diminished over time.
“The company’s contractors have been on site for about 24 years and they’ve lost quite a few experts along the way. And as a result, we have now been able to strengthen the original contractor. Rather than terminate the contract, we believe that it is better to continue by strengthening the efforts of the contractor through a joint venture with another company which is a Nigerian company, Messers Hydro Source and Resources Limited.
“The same goes for a joint venture between Messers Impressive Bakolori and Messers Hydro Source and Resources Limited and increasing it by N6 billion to bring the project to N11.026 billion with an additional extension period of 24 months, plus a period of responsibility of 12 months, a total. of 36 months.