FG approves N658 million for the procurement of sniffer dogs for Lagos and Abuja Airports
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has allocated N658 million for sniffer dog deployment at the international airports of Lagos and Abuja.
The approval came during the council’s weekly meeting on Wednesday, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
After the council meeting, Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, told reporters that four memoranda totaling N16,697,742,839 were authorised for the ministry.
According to him, the contracts will cover the construction of Wachakal Airport in Yobe State for N6.3 billion, as well as post-construction services for the same airport for N219.8 million. It also contains a N9.5 billion deal for the procurement of eight airport rescue and firefighting vehicles, as well as an N658.8 million contract for the deployment of sniffer dogs at the Lagos and Abuja international airports.
“FEC approved four memoranda from civil aviation. One of it is the approval for the construction of Wachakal Airport in Yobe State and at the contract sum of N6,284,065,056,” he said.
“Even and in our drive to develop the sector and ensure connectivity within our region and also improve on our security architecture and also attend to the various needs of civilization, we found this airport and many others that are coming across the country useful.
“The second was a post-Consultancy Services for the construction of the same airport, Wachakal Air stripe which is very close to Nguru in Yobe state. So, first Consultancy Services is given to Kafe Engineering at the sum of N219,782,500 only. This will include seven and a half percent VAT.
“The third memorandum that was taken his approval for the supply and maintenance of eight units of airport rescue and firefighting vehicle including spare parts and training. And this was given to Messers Gulf of Africa International Limited.
“The exclusive representatives of the OEM and the OEMs are Emirate firefighting equipment factory, this is in the sum of N9,535,132,500 even. This also will include seven and a half percent and the delivery period for this procurement is 12 months.
“The last memo that was taken from aviation, it has to do with approval for the award of contract for the deployment of sniffer dogs canine in airports in Lagos and Abuja, we will be continuing with this procurement and other airports as well. So, the total contract sum for this procurement is N658,762,783.36 which includes seven and a half percent VAT.”
The council also approved N537 million for the purchase of a property to house the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s new headquarters (NEITI).
The agency had been using a rented house, according to Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity.
“NEITI, which is, the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, was given an approval to acquire a permanent office building for N537,000,000 to be used as its head office,” he said.