FG DEFENDS N1.4B IN PURCHASE OF VEHICLES FOR NIGER REPUBLIC.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on August 3, 2022
The federal government has justified the approval of the sum of one point four billion Naira for the purchase of vehicles for the Niger Republic.
This Follows the outrage generated by the measure exposed by a popular social media influencer, David Hundeyin. On Wednesday, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, explained that even though Nigerians have the right to question President Muhammadu Buhari, who approved the purchase, he also has the right to make his own assessment of the situation and act accordingly.
Responding to questions during the post-Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, she said Nigeria has a policy of assisting its neighbours to strengthen its capacity to deal with insecurity. The document released by the media influencer showed that the president approved the release of the fund on the 22nd of February this year.
The contract to supply the 10 units of Toyota Land Cruisers was awarded to IFO Kaura Motors Nig. Limited. Meanwhile, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello Says the Council approved over Two billion naira for the procurement of utility vehicles for security agencies in the nation’s capital.
The Minister added that approval which was ratified at the FEC meeting also includes funds for installing communication gadgets in the vehicles
Bello stated that;
Council approved the procurement of security vehicles to support the operations of our security agencies in the FCT. They are about 60 utility vehicles awarded to Coscharis motors Ltd with communication gadgets to be installed at a cost of N1.83billion. Also, an additional approval of N847million for the purchase of gadgets was awarded to Messrs E & S, bringing the total amount approved to N2,682,248,378,52.
The minister however said the approval is not connected with the prevailing insecurity in the country, especially within the Federal Capital Territory.