The Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday approved about 26 million dollars for various power projects in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, made this known to State House correspondents at the end of the Council meeting in Abuja.
He said the $1.62million of the amount ($26m) was the payment of the claims and the variation of onshore and offshore cost of the existing contract for the construction of 1×1 50 MBA three 31, 32, 33 KV sub-stations at Damaturu and 1×330 KV land by extension at Gombi, Adamawa.
He found out that a further N102.9million was permitted for the affected mission.
The minister also disclosed that the final $24.38million of the whole approval was meant for the design, production and supply of four fabricated sub-stations of two×one hundred MBA 132 33 KV strength transformers with complete accessories for deployment to Damaturu, Potiskum, Biu, and Maiduguri.
He said: “Today, the Federal Executive Council has graciously accepted two memos from the Federal Ministry of Power.
“One, it authorised the price of the claims and the variant of onshore and offshore price of the present settlement for the construction of one×1 50 MBA 3 31, 32, 33 KV sub-stations at Damaturu and 1×330 KV land through extension at Gombi in favour Msssr Kadlak International Limited within the sum of $1,621,423.88 cents plus N102,905,606.07.
“The different one is the approval of the settlement for the layout, production and deliver of four fabricated sub-stations of 2×a hundred MBA 132 33 KV energy transformers with entire add-ons for deployment to Damaturu, Potiskum, Biu, and Maiduguri for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in favour of Msssr Kidon T Good Electric Company Limited and Incomtel Engineering Limited inside the sum of $24,387,850.22 cents plus N1,475,204,584.34.
“Altogether, it’s miles N10,730,393,742.82.”
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr Zainab Ahmed, also told the correspondents that the Federal Government had budgeted N396 billion for the availability of COVID-19 vaccine in the 2022 Appropriation.
She said: “Sometime in January, the President has, based totally on the request by way of the Ministry of Health, given in precept approval for the Ministry of Health to work with the Ministry of Finance, budget and National Planning to prepare and take to the National Assembly a supplementary budget for COVID-19 vaccination.
“The submission that turned into made to Mr. President at that point turned into inside the sum of N399 billion, but protected in this N399 billion was a N103 billion for constructing of number one healthcare centres.
“So we have labored with that and met numerous times with the ministry, we have agreed to back out from this building of number one health care centres, which could wait till later.
“So there’s nonetheless a provision of 396 billion for COVID-19 vaccinations for 2021 and 2022.’’
The minister explained that the postpone within the submission of the supplementary budget on COVID-19 was because the authorities desired to verify the vaccines donation that Nigeria changed into looking ahead to from donors.
“There have been some delays because we anticipated the ministry to confirm the vaccines donation that Nigeria is watching for. We are watching for a complete of not much less than 43 million doses of vaccines.
“So they are alleged to find out whilst those ones will come. Because, if we are going to get back the donated vaccines, and at the velocity of the modern-day rollout, we should slow down on what we’re buying ourselves.
“So the ministry is working with partners which can be donating these vaccines.
“We see the timelines of the donations and see the space that the authorities desires to fill in 2021, but we have already furnished to the ministry price range to permit them roll out the four million vaccines that have been delivered already into the united states, and the vaccination system is ongoing.
“So for us, it’s far nonetheless work in progress. We wish in the next couple of days, we are able to have readability at the time table of vaccines anticipated from donors, and then we can now be capable of company up what government has to offer for in 2021. And consequently the 2021 issue we will provide it at some point of the 2022 appropriations.”
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly led by the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila met on Tuesday and agreed on supplementary price range for COVID19 vaccination and procurement of military hardware.
During state-of-the-art FEC, the @NigeriaGov accredited the sum of ₦10.7 billion Naira for the design, creation, manufacturing and deliver of four strength sub-stations in Damaturu, Potiskum, Biu and Maiduguri. These are a part of our efforts to enhance power deliver throughout the Nation ASAP.