FEC approves N1.04bn for contracts variation in health, water resources ministries

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Yemi Osibanjo
Yemi Osibanjo
  • Okays N121m for Bauchi Poly refurbishment
  • Ratifies UN Convention on Tourism Ethics 2020
  • Announces listing of Benue’s Theatrical Performance on UNESCO’s cultural heritage list

Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has approved the sum of N1.039 billion for contracts variation in the ministries of health and water resources.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the Council meeting which held at the First Lady’s Conference Room, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mohammed, who briefed alongside the Minister of State for Education, Chief Chukwuemeka Nwajuba said that the council approved an upward review of the contract for the emergency supply, installation and maintenance of the 38 oxygen plants all over the country in the sum of N836 million.

He said: “The Minister of Health (Dr. Osagie Ehanire) presented a memo seeking for an upward review for the emergency supply, installation and maintenance of the 38 oxygen plants all over the country. You will remember in June, the Federal Executive Council, actually approved the sum of N5.615 billion to four major contractors for the emergency supply, installation and maintenance of 38 oxygen plants in various parts of the country.

“Regrettably, the four companies also came back recently with the same complaints ranging from fluctuation in the foreign exchange and the scarcity of the material all over the world as a result of COVID-19.

“So, he presented a memo for augmentation in the sum of N836 million and this was also approved today.”

Mohammed, who also briefed on behalf of the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, explained that FEC approved N203 million as the revised estimate cost for the consultants supervising Bagwai Water Dam Irrigation project in Bagwai Local Government Area of Kano State.

He said, “On behalf of the Honourable Minister for Water Resources, I want to report that the Honourable Minister for Water Resources presented a memo to Council today, seeking Council’s approval for the revised estimate costs and extension of the contract of the consultants supervising the project from an initial sum of N98 million to N203 million.

“The Bagwai Water Dam Irrigation project in Bagwai local government area of Kano State actually was commenced, the initial contract was actually awarded year 2005 and due to several logistics problems, the project is still on and just recently the FEC actually approved an augmentation of the entire contract and that means also that the mandate of the consultant supervising the construction would also have to be reviewed.

“So, it was reviewed from N98,000,000 with the sum of N203 million. So, now the total cost for the consultancy is N302,875,379.”

Mohammed said FEC also ratified the United Nations Tourism Organisation Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics 2020.

He further announced the listing of the Kwagh-Hir Theatrical Performance on UNESCO’s representatives’ list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

He said: “In my capacity as Minister of Information and Culture, I also presented a memo seeking for the ratification of the United Nations Tourism Organisation Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics 2020.

“In 2019, at St. Petersburg, Russia Federation, the General Assembly of the United Nations Tourism Organisation approved the framework and legal framework of the Convention of Global Ethics on Tourism and I brought a memo to Council today and Council graciously ratified that convention.

“I also informed Council today that we finally succeeded in listing the Kwagh-Hir Theatrical Performance on UNESCO’s representatives’ list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

“This journey actually started in 2006. Those of us who are familiar with Kwagh-Hir, which is the Tiv theatrical performance, is one of the flag-ship of our cultural performances in Nigeria.

“It actually started as a form of storytelling, then dramatised and is supposed to teach morals to our people.

“I’m proud to say that today the theatrical performance has been inscribed on the Intangible List of UNESCO and this brings to five, the number of such intangible cultural heritages we have. The other four are the Ifa Divination System, which was listed in 2008. The Oral Heritage of Gelede, which was also listed in 2008.

“We have the Ijele Masquerade, which was listed in 2009 and we have the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival, which was first listed 2016.

“Like I said, 2019 we succeeded in getting Kwagh-Hir Theatrical Performance listed. We have several other applications before UNESCO, which we want to push forward.

“The major advantage of having these cultural realities listed is that it draws and attracts tourism traffic and tourists to the country. At the same time, it attracts funding for the conservation and preservation of this intangible heritage.”

Also briefing, the Minister of State, Education, Nwajiuba, said council approved the sum of N121 million for the refurbishment of some of the dilapidated equipment and furniture at the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.

He said: “Council, today, evaluated a memo we presented for the provision of furniture and equipment at the Federal Polytechnic in Bauchi and approved same. The idea being to use the opportunity to retool and refurbish some of the dilapidated equipment and furniture at some of the departments at the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi at the sum of N121 million and in favour of Messrs. Turaki Heritage Nigeria Limited at the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.”

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