FG Okays N2.4bn Construction of Shooting Range for Aviation Security
The Federal Government has approved the sum of N2.4billion for the construction of indoor shooting range for aviation security, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika has said.
Also, Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemi Saraki, said FEC approved 300 buoys for River Niger, to be built between Lokoja (Kogi State and Onitsha (in Anambra State).
The contract, she said, will cost N581 million.
She said: “The memo that was approved by the council on behalf of the Ministry of Transportation was for the purchase and installation of 300 buoys on the River Niger for the Nigerian waterways.
“It’s actually a repeat procurement: the first one was done in 2017 – 2018, which was from Baro to Onitsha. This time, we are taking it from Onitsha to Lokoja.
“It is much more. This is 300; that was 200. It is obviously to ensure that our waterways are navigable for all the vessels that will run the ports that go through.
“So, the council appreciates the importance of the safety of vessels, lives and property, and it was approved. It is a six-month contract that will create between 100 and 120 direct jobs and various indirect jobs because these are buoys that float. So, they have to actually cast and have concrete base that sits on them,” she said.
“Obviously, opening up that area is part of Mr President’s programme to have the infrastructural system in Nigeria improved and strengthened. That is how it will generate wealth for everybody. The amount is N581 million and it was awarded to Messrs Marina Energy Limited,” Saraki added.