The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a contract worth N1.4 billion for surveillance equipment at Kaduna and Port Harcourt airports.
The council gave its approval on Wednesday at a meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika, who briefed reporters after the meeting, said the project would be executed within 30 weeks.
“The approval is for the award of contracts for the design, supply and maintenance of Mobile Remote License Surveillance Observation Systems and these are for Port Harcourt and Kaduna airports and will gradually continue to other airports,” he said.
“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 7 .5%, and it will be delivered within 30 weeks.”
Sirika also said the council had approved the signing of a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) between Nigeria and Canada.
“The approval we got was for the signing of a Bilateral Air Services Agreement between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Government of Canada, and this is in line with the Chicago Convention, to which Nigeria and Canada are signatories. “said the Minister. .
“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 as well as the 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, airline representatives, ground handling, sales and funds transfers, consultations, changes thereto, dispute resolution, entry into force, among others.
He added that the board approved that “we should go ahead and sign the bilateral air services agreement between us and Canada for all the benefits that will come from it, mutually”.
On his part, Sulieman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, said the council also approved the N6 billion increase for the Chochi Irrigation Project in Adamawa State.
“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 terminating the contract, we believe 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,” did he declare.
“So this is a joint venture between Messers Impressive Bakolori and Messers Hydro Source and Resources Limited and an increase of N6 billion to bring the project to N11.026 billion with an additional extension period of 24 months, plus a liability period of 12 months, making it a total of 36 months.