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FG okays $2m, N33b for sub-regional power pool, roads, others

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Buhari presides over Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting at the State House, Abuja. Photo; TWITTER/NIGERIA

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved Nigeria’s contribution of $2 million to the 2020 budget of the West African Power Pool (WAPP).

Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, made the disclosure at the end of the meeting presided over yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

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The pool covers 14 of the 15 nations that make up the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

WAPP was created by a resolution of the 22nd Summit of the body’s Authority of Heads of State and Government in 1999.

At the 29th Summit held in Niamey, the Niger Republic in 2006, the sub-regional organisation adopted the Articles of Agreement for the pool.

Addressing newsmen alongside his colleagues from Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, and Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Mamman said participation in the sub-regional market would generate immediate foreign exchange for Nigeria as oil revenue dwindles.

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His words: “The pool is about having synergy within the West African region. The decision has been taken by ECOWAS. It’s for the generation of electricity for the region, so as to have constant and steady power supply. It’s like the national grid in Nigeria. So, we are going to have a regional grid. It means in case there is a failure in one country, another can supplement. The $2 million is a contribution.”

Also speaking, Mohammed said the gathering okayed N30.2 billion for roads in Kano and Lagos, as presented by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.

Specifically, he submitted that FEC sanctioned N22,247,332,000 for the reconstruction of the Apapa-Oworonsoki-Ojota Phase Section II, an 8.1kilometre highway.

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It also approved N8 billion to augment dualisation of the Kano-Maiduguri road (which is approximately 560 kilometres).

In his remarks, Amaechi, said council equally okayed N1, 208,335,464.60, inclusive of 7.5 per cent tax, for supply, deployment, installation, testing, and commissioning of security equipment for seven railway stations.

The beneficiary facilities are Idu, Rigasa, Jere, Kubwa, Kaduna, and Kano in favour of Messrs Avonics Services Nigeria Limited, with a completion period of 12 months.

Director-General of the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP), Mamman Ahmadu, said FEC agreed on N1.6 billion for e-government procurement.

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