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FG votes N31b for Enugu, PH, Abuja, Lagos Airports, others

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… Recovers N49.7b from debtors

FEDERAL Government yesterday, voted the sum of N10,594,057,618.20 for the provision of Airport Management Solution (AMS) for the international airports of Enugu, Port Harcourt Abuja, and Lagos and Kano.

  The approval was given during the weekly Federal Executive (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at Presidential Villa, Abuja.

  Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the meeting.

  According to him, the amount is inclusive of 7.5 per cent VAT with completion period of the project pegged at12 months.

  “This Airport Management Solution was earlier being provided only in Lagos and Abuja. This is now extended to all the five airports and what it will be doing; one is common use terminal equipment, which is cute systems that are required for sharing airport resources in accordance with requirement of IATA Recommendation 1797. This allows flexible shared resources for check-in and boardings, such as servers, workstations, associated peripherals between all airlines and handling agents present at the airport.

This will be for all the five airports and itself baggage drop. This service, as explained, will also be in all of the airports, which makes it faster and quicker for passenger processing. Another service to be provided is Local Departure Control Systems. This is aimed at airlines that are still using manual procedures like locals, charters, domestic, etc. The system secures and accelerate these operations while ensuring better service for passengers,” he said.

  He also said that the amount is part of N30.77 billion approved for various projects in the energy, aviation, transport and, roads and power sectors.

  Five ministries got approvals from the cabinet meeting which last four hours.

  Minister of Power, Mamman Sale, said council approved  two memos he presented.

  Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said the council approved the sum of N316.5 million for the second phase of Project Lighthouse, aimed at debt recovery.

  Ahmed also disclosed that federal government has succeeded in recovering N49.7billion out of its N5.2trillion debt owed to it by some agencies and bodies in and outside Nigeria.

  Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, said council also approved two memos for the territory.

  “The first memo is the approval for the contract for the provision of engineering infrastructure to a section of Asokoro District known as Abubakar Koko Street and it has a completion period of six months. The second contract approved is the contract for the construction of a 14.7 kilometre dedicated power line from the existing newly completed Kukwaba 132/33KV transmission station in Kukwaba District of Abuja,” he said.

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