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FG allots N690m for Delta roads, UI research scheme



THE Federal Government has voted N500 million as variation for the completion of a road project in Delta.

  The approval was made by Federal Executive Council (FEC) during its weekly meeting yesterday, at Council Chambers of   Presidential Villa, Abuja, which was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

  Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio made this known while briefing State House correspondents.

  According to him, the road is a project of the Niger-Delta Ministry, which has already attained 97 per cent completion.

  “The Ministry of Niger-Delta Affairs presented two memos today at the Federal Executive Council and both were approved. One was just augmentation or a variation of the contract for the construction of a road in Bulu-Oriagbene, Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta. The road is about 18.7 kilometres and the initial contract price was about N8.5 billion and with the variation price today, the contract price is now about N9 billion and the Federal Executive Council today approved that variation,” he said.

  The minister revealed that the contractors had been given six months to complete the project, adding that it involves floating a digital platform where projects executed by his ministry could be monitored at all times in line with the second Strategic Implementation Work Plan (SIWP) for the Niger Delta region.

  Also, Federal executive Council, yesterday, approved the sum of N190.5 million for the purchase of a microscope by University of Ibadan.

  Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, disclosed the approval, adding that it had become necessary to purchase such an equipment because the only one currently being used by the famous institution had become obsolete.

  According to him, buying the equipment would save the country lots of money, which until now had been expended on sponsoring researchers to go abroad on account of non-availability of the equipment in the country.

  “The Federal Executive Council today, in continuation of the efforts of the federal government to revitalise and reposition the education sector, we passed a resolution granting the request of the University of Ibadan to acquire a new microscope.           This is a microscope which is totally directed at enhancing whatever material, looking at nuclear composition of its molecular nature.

   This is in our premier university. Like you all understand that the Department of Anatomy has been at the forefront of this coordinate research in Nigeria for many since its inception in 1948.

  The first of such equipment was given to us in 1967 by the Japanese government, but it has become obsolete. And the federal government has had the opportunity to review many of the requests from the university authorities, including Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). It was then agreed in the NEEDS assessment report.

   The replacement of these kinds of equipment falls into the fulcrum of what the NEEDS assessment report asked that we do,” he said.

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