The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N13 billion for the automation of safety equipment at Lagos, Kano, Abuja, and Port Harcourt international airports.
The virtual meeting of the Council presided by President Muhammadu Buhari, also approved 3.1 billion dollars for the automation of the operations of the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS).
The Ministers of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, and Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, made this known to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting in Abuja.
Sirika expressed optimism that the safe tower projects, when completed, would increase efficiency and reduce the workload of air controllers in the affected airports.
On her part, Ahmed said the approval for the e-Custom modernization project followed a memo she presented to the Council for a project that will enable the complete automation of the Nigeria Custom Service processes and procedures using the application and information and technology in all aspects of Customs administration.
According to the minister, the main objective is to completely automate every aspect of the customs business to enhance the statutory function of the NCS in the area of revenue generation.
She revealed that the project would be financed through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) under a concessionary period of 20 years.