21 November 2012

Nigeria: FG to Spend N5 Billion On Rebuilding, Rehabilitating UN Building

More than a year after adherents of the dreaded Islamic sect, Jama'atul Ahlus Sunnah Lidda'awat Wal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram attacked the United Nations (UN) building in Abuja, the federal government in fulfilment of its pledge has awarded the contract for the re-building and rehabilitation of the structure to Julius Berger Nig. Plc in the sum of N5.1 billion.

This was part of the outcome of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Namadi Sambo Wednesday at the State House, Abuja, which also approved contracts for roads construction across the country, the purchase of a new air ambulance to facilitate the operations of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the construction of a new terminal building for Bayelsa Airport.

In all, the apex government approved the sum of N196.109 billion for all the projects it deliberated upon during the meeting.

The breakdown, in addition to the contract sum for the re-building of the UN edifice and the foreign currency content of the purchase of the air ambulance put at $23.2 million, shows that roads construction will gulp N178.2 billion, the cost for the Bayelsa Airport terminal put at N14 billion and the local currency content of the NEMA aircraft contract which is N909.6 million.

Explaining the decision to reconstruct the UN building, Information Minister, Labaran Maku, flanked by his counterparts in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Niger Delta, the two ministers of works and the Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, said prior to this development the government had facilitated the world body by providing its different departments with office accommodation across the nation's capital, Abuja.

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