The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N4.5billion for the printing of examination materials for the Basic Education Certification Examination, Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and National Common Entrance.
The money also covered the rehabilitation of some roads in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who briefed State House correspondents alongside the FCT Minister, Muhammed Bello, said the printing contract was awarded to a group of eight printers.
According to the minister, the printing of the examination papers is for both sensitive and non-sensitive materials.
“Today, the Council approved the award of contract for the printing of examination materials, both sensitive and non-sensitive.
“The contract is worth N2.9 billion and it was awarded to a group of eight printers.
“The materials are for the Basic Education Certification Examination, the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and the National Common Entrance.
“As you know, because of the recent disturbances, we have postponed the examinations that have not taken place,” he said.
The FCT Minister said that the Council also approved N1.619,701,391.14 for the rehabilitation and upgrade of some selected roads in the satellite towns of the FCT.
He said that out of the amount, N900,294,304.75 was meant to repair the roads in Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT.
Bello revealed that the Council also approved N719 million for the upgrade of a road project in Kwali Area Council.
“During today’s Federal Executive Council meeting, a memo presented by the FCT Administration was approved, and that memo involved the rehabilitation of some road networks within Gwagwalada satellite town.
“The second project approved is the upgrading of seven kilometres of road, from Kwali (Headquarters of Kwali Area Council) to Ija-Pada to Borro road at a total cost of N719,407,086.38.
“These two projects are complementary to what the FCT Administration is doing in terms of providing equal development — development in the city centre, which is the capital city, as well as development in its satellite towns — so that distribution of population and amenities can be done in line with Abuja Master Plan,” he said.