FEC Okays N35bn for NEPZA Power Station

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  • Approves take-off of 20 private varsities
  • Okays N1.3bn for surveillance equipment for Abuja, Lagos airports

Deji Elumoye in Abuja

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N35 billion for the building of a power station by the Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA), in Akamkpa, Cross River State.

The Council, in the 32nd edition of its weekly meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, also approved the take-off of 20 private universities across the country as well as N1.3 billion for the procurement of surveillance equipment for Abuja and Lagos airports.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, who made these disclosures while speaking to newsmen after the FEC meeting, stated that the power station contract awarded to Messers Mutual Commitment Nigeria Limited, is to power the Calabar Export Processing Zone.

According to him, the exact contract sum is N35,411,119,159.47 with the contractor financing 75 per cent of the project, which is in the sum of N26,558,339,337.10, while NEPZA would finance 25 per cent which translates to N8,852,779,792.37.

He said council approved a payback period of 10 years of the contractor’s portion.

Adebayo said on completion after 11 months, the plant will be operated by the contractor for five years during which they will build local capacity that will take over the running of the plant.

He said: “The whole intention of the upgrade of the two zones is to create zones with world class standards. The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment is desirous of making Nigeria a manufacturing hub, especially now that we have signed on to the Africa Continental free Trade Area (AFCTA) Agreement.

“So, by putting 24-hour power in the two processing zones, it will make it more attractive to foreign investors to come and set up manufacturing concerns here in Nigeria.”

Also speaking, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the 20 newly approved private universities will get their provisional licences from the National Universities Commission (NUC), which they will use for the next three years, while monitoring and evaluation will go on.

The approved universities include Topfaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State; Thomas Adewumi University, Oko-Irese, Kwara State; Maranathan University, Mgbidi, Imo State; Ave Maria University, Piyanko, Nasarawa State; Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Kano State; Mudiame University, Irrua, Edo State; Havilla University, Nde-Ikom, Cross River State; Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, Imo State; and NOK University, Kachia, Kaduna State.

Others are Karl-Kumm University, Vom, Plateau State; James Hope University, Lagos, Lagos State; Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Kano, Kano State; Capital City University, Kano, Kano State; Ahman Pategi University, Pategi, Kwara State; University of Offa, Offa, Kwara State; Mewar University, Masaka, Nasarawa State; Edusoko University, Bida, Niger State; Philomath University, Kuje, Abuja; Khadija University, Majia, Jigawa State; and Anan University, Kwall, Plateau State.

Nine of the private universities are located in North-central, three in South-south, two in South-east, five in North-west and one in South-west.

On his part, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, said council approved the categorization of Aluminum Smelting Company of Nigeria that is in Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State, as a power producing and strategic company.

With the approval, Adegbite said the production of aluminum will start in Nigeria.

Council also approved the sum of N783,521,275 inclusive of 7.5 per cent VAT for the award of contract for the procurement of two hydrographic survey boats for the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) by the Ministry of Transportation, in favour of Messers First Index Project and Services Limited.

Also speaking, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, told reporters that Council approved the contract for the design, supply and installation of PTZ long range tarmac camera surveillance system at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The N1.278 billion contract, he explained, is also for mobile surveillance system with remote controlled licensed for sober installed in the back of a Mercedes Benz Splinter Van 524 in favour of Messers Bruce Lee Pro Project.

According to him, the contract is awarded with a view to upgrade and provide security and safety for the Nigeria Airport Authority (NPS), especially to avoid incidence on the air site and runway.