*Bayelsa Gas Hubs awarded infrastructure contract N2.044b
* As an FEC Sanctions Partnership for Local Vaccine Production
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved an increase of N28.4 billion in the engineering infrastructure development contract in Wasa Affordable Housing District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The contract was initially awarded to Gilmor Nigeria Limited in 2014 at a cost of around N56.9 billion, with the increase bringing the total cost to around N85.04 billion.
FCT Minister Mohammed Bello disclosed this during a briefing to correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja on Wednesday.
He explained, “Council has approved the revised total estimated cost of the contract for the provision of engineering infrastructure at Wasa Affordable Housing District in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“The Council has increased the cost of the project to be completed in 42 months by N28,117,904,027.00 from the sum of N56,925,048,940.98 approved in 2014 to a new contract figure of N85,042,952,967.98
“The district has a total area of 367.11 hectares.
Bello pointed out that more than 35% of the project has already been executed.
Speaking on the provision of facilities, the FCT Minister further explained, “All the facilities that are supposed to be present in any typical district infrastructure. Of course, you clear the whole area for the road network, then you make the road, or you make the bridges. And then you provide the sewage system, including telecommunication and water and electricity points.
“In addition, in this particular district, we are going to have two waste treatment substations and then two electrical substations. So it’s a whole whole development of a neighborhood and a drainage, and, of course, a number of bridges. We’re talking about something that’s probably the size of Maitama. It’s big enough. »
The FEC has also approved N2.044 billion for the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) under a contract for the construction of internal roads and drainages to the Polaku Gas Hub in Bayelsa State.
Also speaking at the briefing, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, who disclosed this, said the gas hub aims to encourage the development of gas processing businesses.
He said: “The Board today approved a contract with Messrs. Black Springs Limited for the construction of internal roads and drainages in the NCDMB Gas Center located at Polaku in Bayelsa State. The gas hub is to encourage the development of companies that will process our gas and develop our gas and deepen the use of gas internally and be able to process gas for export and also build cylinders.
“There are already companies that are in the gas hub – Shell Nigeria Gas is already located in the hub, Roll Gas is already located in the hub. So these drainages and roads and the developments in this hub should encourage more companies to come to this hub to be able to deepen and develop the gas. This follows the commitments made for the decade of gas declared by the President, from 2021 to 2030.
“The contract amount for drainages and internal road construction at Polaku Gas Hub is N2.044 billion,” he said.
Sylva assured that the Old Port Harcourt refinery will be operational by December this year, although he said the development of compressed natural gas (CNG) is still ongoing.
According to him, one of the two refineries, the former with a capacity of 60,000 barrels per day, will be operational by the end of 2022, just as work is also progressing on the Warri and Kaduna refineries.
Sylva added: “Rehabilitation of the refineries is ongoing. As we said before, the old Port Harcourt refinery, which has a capacity of around 60,000 barrels per day, will be operational by December and of course we still have time in the contract time to conclude the rest of the Port Harcourt refineries.
“Work at the Kaduna and Warri refineries is also progressing very well. We will soon undertake an inspection visit and some of you journalists will be able to accompany us to see for yourselves the extent of the work.
On the country’s CNG development program, the minister disclosed that progress is being made, adding that it is one of the steps that must be taken before the gasoline subsidy is removed.
He added: “On the development of CNG, it is very advanced. It’s part of the promises we made, the things we want to put in place before the subsidies are removed. The grant has still not been withdrawn as some of these agreed conditions have not been met and we are certainly working diligently to get all the facilities in place, pump stations and conversion kits.
“I can assure you that there is a lot of work going on in this regard. We may not be able to announce exactly what we are doing now or where we are, but I can assure you that the work is in progress.
Furthermore, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire revealed that Nigeria will start construction of an inoculation factory by the end of the year, after signing a contract manufacturing agreement with the Serum Institute of India for the local production of the bites, a government official said. .
In his presentation at the briefing, he said: “The approval has been given and then with this partnership now they will now innovate and start building right away,” Nigerian Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said on Wednesday. , during a briefing in Abuja, the national capital.
“Local production of vaccines has become imperative for Nigeria as vaccine subsidies from the international community are set to end within the next six years, meaning the country will need to find $300 million to buy its shots, according to the minister .
“By 2028, the support we used to get from GAVI to subsidize our vaccines will expire. And then we should be producing our own vaccine nationally,” Ehanire said.
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