FEC approves N1.4bn surveillance equipment for Kaduna, P’Harcourt airports

Hadi Sirika

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday approved contracts worth N1.4 billion for the award of contract for surveillance equipment for the Kaduna and Port Harcourt international airports.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, revealed this to State House Correspondents at the end of this week’s cabinet meeting.

He said the approval is for the award of contracts for the design, supply and maintenance of mobile surveillance observation systems with remote controlled licence for both airports.

“We are beginning with the first two but it will continue with the remaining airports in the future and the contract sum for this particular procurement is N1, 499,603,500.00 including the 7.5 percent value added tax and it will be delivered within 30 weeks,” Sirika said, even as he announced that the council approved that Nigeria enters into a Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) with Canada.

He explained that the agreement was in accordance with the Chicago convention, to which both Nigeria and Canada are signatories.

“The approval we got was for the signing of bilateral air service agreement between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the government of Canada and this is in accordance with the Chicago convention, to which both Nigeria and Canada are signatories.

“The highlights of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement between us and Canada involve the granting of rights and privileges as well as the designation of airlines authorisation, withholding, revocation, suspension and limitation of authorisation, application of national laws and regulations.

“Other components are safety standards certificate and licences, aviation security, custom duties and other charges, statistics pricing and general terms and conditions of carriage, availability of airports and aviation facilities and services, capacity, airline representatives, ground handling, sales and transfer of funds, consultations, amendments therefrom, settlement of disputes, entry into force among others and the council approved that we should go ahead and sign the bilateral air service agreement bilateral air service agreement between us and Canada  for all of the benefits to be driven therefrom, mutually,” he said.

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