FEC approves $2.59bn for Badagry Deep Seaport project

FEC approves $2.59bn for Badagry Deep Seaport project

…devotes N2.68bn for 60 security vehicles, gadgets for FCT

The Federal Government, on Wednesday, approved the sum of $2.59bn for the development of the Badagry Deep Seaport project under a public-private partnership.

The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, disclosed this to State House correspondents shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Sambo explained that, under a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer delivery system, the port would be operated by the private sector for 45 years after which it would be reverted to the government.

He noted that the project would generate $53.6bn in revenue and create about 250,000 jobs, while making Nigeria a maritime hub in West Africa.

The Minister said, “I presented a memo today at council with respect to the development of the Badagry Deep Seaport under the public-private partnership arrangement, where the private sector will inject money for the development of the port and at the end of the concessionary period, the port reverts to the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Ports Authority.

“The project cost as contained and approved in council based on the final business case as approved by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission in line with extant laws stood at $2.59bn. It has to be developed in four phases with milestones and the concessional period of 45 years. Reversion is, like I said, to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“This is to further the government’s goal of making Nigeria the maritime hub of the West and Central Africa sub-region. This project, it may interest you to know, will also generate a total revenue of over $53.6bn over the concession period. It will create about one quarter million jobs and also attract foreign direct investments to the country and help in improving Nigeria’s economy in general and the wellbeing of Nigerians.”

On his part, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, revealed that the Council approved a sum of N2.68bn for the procurement of 60 utility vehicles and security gadgets and accessories for the city’s security.

The vehicles, he said, would be supplied by Coscharis Motors.

“Today at the Federal Executive Council, I presented a memo for the procurement of utility vehicles, and security gadgets and associated accessories to support the security agencies operating within the Federal Capital Territory.

“These items are 60 utility vehicles to be supplied by Coscharis Motors Limited, including communication equipment installed in the vehicles at the sum of N1,835,108,613.95 with a delivery period of two months.

“In addition to that, Council also approved supply of various security gadgets and accessories to support security agencies in the FCT and the company providing these items is Messrs E&S Technical Limited at the total sum of N847,139,764.57, making the total of these two procurements the sum of N2,682,248,378.52,” Sambo said.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, disclosed that the Council had approved N810.53m for the purchase of 25 operational vehicles for the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission.

Mohammed explained that the ICPC required new vehicles, having expanded its scope of operations, opened bases in more states and increased its number of personnel.

“There’s a memo presented by the Secretary to the Government today which is to procure operational vehicles for the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, the ICPC. The ICPC made a request to procure 25 operational vehicles; 13 Toyota Hilux 2.7 litres and Peugeot 3008 SUV for a total sum of N810,534,380.72.

“The need for the procurement is based on the fact that the ICPC has increased its activities and this has been occasioned by improved management, expansion of scope of operations, through establishment of more state offices across the country, increase in personnel, among others.”

In finance, the Council also approved the National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy.

Explaining the significance of the approval, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said the policy defined a framework for the institutionalisation of monitoring and evaluation.

She said, “Today, the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning presented a policy memo to Council and the memo is on the National Monitoring and Evaluation policy for the country. The policy defines a framework for the institutionalisation of the practice of monitoring and evaluation to promote good governance, learning and accountability for results that will contribute to improve socio-economic development of the country and enhance the wellbeing of citizens.

“The policy clarifies how M&E should be conducted in the country, specifies the position, institutional and financial arrangements and the modalities for feedback, especially from citizens, so that decision makers can make effective use of evidence by government and stakeholders to inform policy strategies and investment.”

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