FEC approves N5.7bn for gas pipeline, pategi water

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) last night approved the sum of N5.7 billion for the gas pipelines and Pategi water project.

Besides, the council also approved other contract in a meeting that stretched late into the night.

Breakdown of the N5.7 billion contract shows that N2.2 billion goes for gas pipeline project while the N3.5 billion is for water project.

Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, Zainab Ahmed, Finance and Mohammed Bello of Federal Capital Territory briefed on the outcome of the weekly meeting.

The minister of State for Petroleum Dr. Ibe Kachikwu said Council approved for the NNPC to provide a pipeline installation to move dry gas through the north, South joint corridors to the west corridor operated by Shell and Seplant, about 30 kilometers at the cost of N2.5 billion (naira component) and $32 million (dollar component) at the completion period of 18 months.

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Besides, the council also approved the other memo from the ministry for the provision of fire service truck at the cost of N420 million inclusive five percent VAT for Nigerian Content Monitoring Board (NCMB) 17 floors building headquarters in Bayelsa.

Explaining the importance of the pipeline project, Kachikwu said, “The significance of that is that the more we can gather gas to feedstock the pipelines that were built, the easier it will be to create that hop we are looking for to move gas around the corridors of Nigeria, north, south, east and west as the case may be.”

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The FCT minister, Bello also announced the approval of the contract for the phase 2 of the Pategi water project in Kwara state at the cost of N3.2 billion.

The Council, he also said approved the contract for the construction of secondary road in Kwali FCT at the sum of N1.8 billion for a period of 15 months.

The FCT administration seems to be planning for demolition of illegal buildings in the Federal Capital as it got approval for the purchase of heavy duty equipment to pull down buildings that contravene the Abuja master plan at N147 million.

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Other approval granted include the contract for the procurement of four water tankers for FCT Fire Service at the sum of N725 million.

The finance minister, Ahmed, said council also approved a contract for the procurement of communication gadgets for the Nigeria Customs Service at the cost of N247.9 million to be delivered in eight weeks.

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