The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N28 billion for the total radar coverage project of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). The council also approved N1.5 billion for the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to procure 46 vehicles for operational and administrative purposes. The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, who briefed State House correspondents after a virtual FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the vehicles would bolster the operational efficiency of Customs and increase revenue generation. “Today, council approved the procurement of 46 units of vehicles, these are for operational and administrative use by the Nigeria Customs Service. This was awarded to Messrs Elizade Nigeria Limited at the total cost of N1.5 billion and this amount is inclusive of the 7.5 per cent VAT. “Recall that the last set of procurement of vehicles that was done for Customs was in 2017 and 2020. And in 2020, we did see a whole lot of huge seizures that was made by the Nigeria Customs and also the performance in terms of revenue,” Agba said.
He said that as at August 2021, the NCS had overperformed the prorated rate of the target that it was given. “So, council believes that with the provision of these additional vehicles, it will also be enhancing not only their effectiveness but their efficiency and then, more revenue will be generated,” he said.
On the N28 billion total radar coverage project of NAMA, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the contract was part of the three memos brought for the consideration of FEC on behalf of the ministry. He said that the three memos were approved.
“Today, the council received three memoranda from aviation, and they were all approved consequently. Memo number one is for approval for a contract for the supply and installation of baggage handling system at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, and the total contract sum is N3,615,265,710.69, inclusive of the 7.5% VAT, with the completion period of 12 months.
“The contractor is Messrs. Gulf of Africa International Limited, who are exclusive representatives of the original equipment manufacturer. The OEM is Messrs. UVS Systems Company, a company that is located in Istanbul, Turkey. The funding was found and appropriated, and the Council consequently approved.
“The second memo from us in Aviation is approval for the award of contract for the manufacture, supply, installation and operating training of disabled aircraft recovery system at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
“This system is to be applied in the event that there is an aircraft that is occupying the runway or any area of operations that we have, so the special equipment will be used to remove that aircraft from that place and free it for our own operations. Contract sum is N2,209,593,428.08, inclusive of 7.5% VAT.
“This was issued to Messrs. Globsley Project Limited. The OEM representatives are Messrs. AMS Aircraft Recovery Limited.
“The third memo is approval for the award of contract for direct procurement, installation and commissioning of the total radar coverage modernisation for the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, and this contract is in two parts and the total is 40 million euros, which is equivalent to N28,039,080,799.40.
“The contractors are Messrs. Talas, who had been on the project and supported by Intelligent Transportation Systems Limited and Messrs. Softnet Systems Nigeria Limited, and the OEMs are Messrs. Talas Systems of France and Messrs. HM Global of Germany,” Sirika said.
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