FEC Approves $6.7bn
The construction of the $6.7 billion Ibadan – Kaduna rail line, reconstruction of the N1.9 billion Clinton Drive and N273 million water treatment chemicals, were some of the approvals given by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday.
Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation disclosed that his ministry got approval for the construction of the Ibadan – Kaduna rail lines at the cost of $6.7 billion.
The project, he said, is expected to be completed in three years.
According to him, the contract for the Kaduna to Kano section of the rail line was awarded last year.
Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of science and technology also briefed on the progress made based on the recently approved executive order, the national strategy for competitiveness and the entire science and technology innovation roadmap.
As part of the scorecard of his ministry in the past two and half years, Onu said he presented new biscuits being produced in conjunction with Nasco Food.
He said: “High nutrient density products developed and proposed for inclusion in the current Nigerian School Feeding Programme will provide at least a third of the desired major macro and micronutrients requirement stipulated by the World Health Organisation, Food and Nutrition Board.
“The pupils in the schools in Jos and Lagos where the sensory evaluation and consumer acceptability studies were done showed strong likeness for the products and are ready to consume the products if including in the school feeding program.”
Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama listed the major projects undertaken by his ministry to include the citizens’ diplomacy programme, desk-to-desk review initiatives and the economic diplomacy innovation.