FEC approves N3.23 billion contracts for Unilag, UI

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday approved construction contracts for the University of Ibadan and the University of Lagos.

It ‎approved the construction of a post-graduate ‎hall, International House, for the University of Ibadan, at a cost of N1.302,709,02.34‎ to be completed within 44 weeks.

The contract approved for the University of Lagos (UNILAG) is for reconstruction of new library‎ at the cost of N1.935,135,87.35 billion.‎

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who briefed State House correspondents at the end of FEC meeting, said that the UNILAG library, which was built in 1964 has not been expanded nor modernized.

“So this new library is to augment the old one. Completion period is 64 weeks. Both contract to be handled by a local contractor.” He added

The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh said that the Council approved the renewal of a service provider for technology platform, e-wallet for the delivery of seeds and fertilizers and capturing the database of farmers in every local government in the country.

He said: “The e-wallet is a programme of the old administration under the current president of ADB. The programme ran very well in 2012 and 2013 but had few hitches as Ministry got involved in trying to select the providers.

“This led to the figure of debts piling up to the sum of N67 billion.

“Council today approved the extension by one year of the service provider. They are at the end of the year to transfer all the data to an in-house‎ group that will manage the system because the price is quite high, so that we can keep on monitoring who gets what, at what price and we can also keep an eye on the cost,” he stated.

According to him, the quotation of the company was N884, 799 million, but negotiated ‎downward to N380, 512 million.

He added: “They will work with us for one more year, teach our people how to do it, domicile the data of farmers which is 20 million of them and continue to work on how to get agriculture inputs to farmers and keep away those who tend not to deliver but make claims.”

On his part, the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed disagreed with the claim that the present FEC has become mainly contract awarding body.

Stressing that the current Council has kept to its promise during the 2015 general election campaigns, he said that only policy-oriented contracts are considered.

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