The Federal Executive Council (FEC) at a virtual meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja yesterday approved the contracts of N1.59trillion for Nigerian Customs Service.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, and the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, gave the breakdown of the contracts awarded while speaking with journalists after the FEC meeting.
Ahmed said FEC approved all the four memos presented by her ministry for the purchase of operational vehicles and speed boats for the Customs as well as the construction of an office complex for the FIRS.
She gave the breakdown of the approved contracts to include a contract for the construction of N539.2 billion FIRS building in Ilupeju, Lagos with the completion period of 52 weeks; the design, construction and supply of two NC36M Customs patrol boats at a cost of N5.06 billion with a delivery period of 12 months.
Other FEC approvals for her ministry include the design, construction and supply of seven Customs fast assault patrol boats and seven regular patrol boats, at a total cost of N501.47 billion with a delivery period of eight weeks and the procurement of 427 patrol vehicles for the Customs at a cost of N14.5 billion with a delivery period of four months.
She said: “The purpose of the purchase of the two types of patrol boats is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of operations of the Nigerian Customs Service in its bid to control smuggling and also ensure enhanced efficiency in all customs duty operations in the Marine Unit of the Nigerian Customs Service.”
On his part, Nwajiuba said FEC approved the award of N532.6 million contract for the construction and furnishing of the extension of the library of the University of Ibadan with a completion period of 48 weeks.
Justifying the need for the extension of the UI library, Nwajiuba attributed it to the increase in the students’ population using the library.
He said: “For many years, the library of the University of Ibadan had needed real extension, given surge of the student population.
“The extension project will comprise two suspended floors, two online reading areas, three cubicles, one physically challenged reading area, four seminar rooms, one reprographic unit, six staff offices, one control room, general rooms, stores, four E-libraries, a coffee room, a media unit room, one galaxies exhibition room and a journal publication unit, in addition to two reading areas.”