FG Approves N453.90bn for Kano-Maradi Rail Rolling Stock, N510.9m for NPA Search& Rescue Vans

Muazu Jaji Sambo, Minister of Transportation.

The Federal Executive Council(FEC) has approved the total sum of N453.90 billion for the purchase of rolling stock, operational, and maintenance equipment for the currently under-construction Kano-Maradi standard gauge rail line as well as N510.9m for the procurement of search and rescue vans for the Nigerian Ports Authority.

The sums were  approved by the FEC at its meeting  at the Presidential Villa, Abuja  yesterday, chaired by the President, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR.

The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting , explaining that  The Federal Ministry of Transportation  presented two memoranda to council on behalf of two of its agencies.

According to him, the   first agency was the Nigerian Ports Authority, which sought to provide for the award of a contract for the construction and supply of customised Fire Service search and rescue vans for extrication of accident victims for Rivers ports in Port Harcourt, Lagos Port Complex, Tincan Island Port and the Marina headquarters, all in Lagos.

“Council considered the memorandum and approved the award of the contract as recommended and reviewed by the Bureau of Public Procurement and the sum of N510,934,600 Naira inclusive of seven and a half per cent VAT and with a completion period of nine months in favour of Messrs All Works Commercial Company Limited.”

He noted that the second memorandum presented by the Ministry was for the ultimate management by the Nigerian Railway Corporation.

“The memorandum sought the council’s consideration and approval for the award of contract for the procurement of rolling stock, operation or maintenance equipment for the Kanio-Maradi standard gauge rail line that is currently under construction.

“The contract was awarded to MSSRs Mota Engineering Nigeria Limited, who are the contractors handling this particular project in the sum of $984,722,302.5 inclusive of seven and a half per cent VAT with a completion period of four years,” he said.