Ogoni remediation: FEC approves N1.4bn for project vehicles

Ogoni remediation: FEC approves N1.4bn for project vehicles

By Chijioke Okoronkwo, Abuja.

 

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N1.4 billion for the procurement of vehicles for the hydro-carbon pollution remediation project in Ogoniland, Rivers.

 

The Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday, at the end of the FEC meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

 

Abdullahi said that the vehicles were required for effective supervision of the projects at the polluted sites.

 

He said: “Today, on behalf of the Ministry of Environment, I presented a memo to the council requesting for approval to procure some project vehicles for the hydro-carbon pollution remediation project.

 

“You recall that late last year December, the council approved some projects that have to do with power for Ogoni people and remediation of some polluted sites.

 

“It was approved in view of this desire to ensure effective supervision of this project, particularly in the five water schemes and the upcoming 16 water schemes and the proposed shoreline remediation and also the proposed Centre of Excellence to be built within Ogoniland.

 

“And in view of the fact we are going to inspect on regular basis experts from outside the country, there is a need to provide project vehicles, so that they can effectively inspect, supervise and monitor the remediation exercise.

 

“So, FEC today approves the sum of N1.4 billion only in favour of Messrs Mujaf Automobile Nigeria Ltd. to provide 31 vehicles for the project.’’

 

Abdullahi said that the vehicles included one 18-seater Toyota Hiace Bus, one 30-seater Toyota Coaster Bus – all supposed to be 2022 models.

 

He also listed 11 Toyota Hilux double cabin four-wheel drive – 2022 model, diesel engine,  15 Toyota double cabin four wheel drive, petrol engine –2022 model, one Toyota Land Cruiser Twin Turbo – 2022 model and two units of Toyota Land Cruiser V6 Prado..

 

“So, all in all, about 31 vehicles were approved for the hydro-carbon pollution remediation project, to ensure effective supervision of the project, particularly the remediation project. Essentially, this is what we presented and it was approved by FEC,’’ he said.

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