The Federal Executive Council (FEC) at its weekly meeting Wednesday approved for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), the sum of N2,024,935 only for the purchase of 52 operational vehicles.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who disclosed this to newsmen at the end of the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, said the 52 vehicles comprised of 27 Buffalo Double Cabin, MG 2021 model, 15 Toyota hilaux four wheel drive premium package 2020 modal and 10 Toyota Hiace ambulance bus with full option.
According to him: “This is done to enhance the capacity of the agency to combat crimes and criminality in Nigeria. It’s my belief that this will go a long way in protecting lives and property in Nigeria.
”On whether the bids were open to local contractors, Aregbesola said: “It was an open bidding exercise, and I think I saw some of our local manufacturers bid, they bidded and the best and most responsive bids won the contract.
“So there is no issue about whether we discriminated against local manufacturers or preference for foreign manufacturers. That is my response to that it was an open bidding.
”Also speaking, Minister of state for power, Jeddy Agba, said Council approved three major contracts aimed at enhancing the performance of the national grid with the view to improving power supply.
He said: “You will agree with me that of late we’ve had grid collapses, resulting in epileptic power supply in most parts of the country. There’s definitely been the need for us to reinvigorate our national grid so as to sustain and provide electricity to majority members of our country and the communities around us.
“To that effect, FEC today approved three major contracts aimed at enhancing the performance of the national grid with the view to improving power supply. One of the lines is the one linking Benin, Oshogbo and Akure in Edo, Osun and Ondo States.
“So in the three states, the grid in that area has been weak for sometime, but with this approval of today’s contract, we are swinging into action and certainly, very shortly, we would have improvements on the grid in that area.”