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FEC approves N33.8bn for baggage handling, others at Lagos, Abuja airports

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The Federal Executive Council led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday approved the sum of N33.8bn for the installation of baggage handling systems, Disabled Aircraft Recovery System and total radar coverage modernisation for the Lagos, Abuja airports and the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, respectively.

This was part of the total of N47bn approved by the FEC for various contracts to be awarded by the Ministries of Aviation, Ministry of Works and Housing and the Nigeria Customs Service.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who spoke with State House Correspondents at the close of the FEC meeting, said the Ministry of Aviation had submitted three memos to the Council which were approved.

He said, “Today, the Council received three memoranda for civil aviation and they were all approved. Memo number one is for approval of a contract for the supply and installation of baggage handling system at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos and the total contract sum is N3,615,265,710.69, inclusive of the 7.5 per cent VAT, with the completion period of 12 months.

“The contractor is Messrs Gulf of Africa International Limited, who are exclusive representatives of the original equipment manufacturer. The OEM is Messrs UVS Systems Company, a company that is located in Istanbul, Turkey. The funding was found and appropriated and Council consequently approved.

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“The second memo from us in Aviation is approval for the award of contract for the manufacture, supply, installation and operating training of Disabled Aircraft Recovery System at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.”

According to Sirika, the DARS is to be applied in the event that there is an aircraft “occupying the runway or any other area of operations, so the special equipment will be used to remove that aircraft from that place and free it for our own operations.”

FEC approves N33.8bn for baggage handling, others at Lagos, Abuja airports

He said the contract sum is N2.21bn, inclusive of 7.5 per cent VAT. This was awarded to Messrs. Globsley Project Limited. The Original Equipment Manufacturer representatives are Messrs AMS Aircraft Recovery Limited.

“The third memo is approval for the award of contract for direct procurement, installation and commissioning of the total radar coverage modernisation for the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency and this contract is in two parts and the total is €14,428,218.17, which is equivalent to N28,039,080,799.40.

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“The contractors are Messrs. Talas, who had been on the project and supported by Intelligent Transportation Systems Limited and Messrs. Softnet Systems Nigeria Limited. The OEMs are Messrs Talas Systems of France and Messrs. HM Global of Germany,” the minister explained.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who spoke on the memos approved for other ministries, revealed that FEC approved a contract for the construction and furnishing of a new Senate Building and 1,000 capacity conference centre at the University of Abuja.

The contract approved for award to Messrs Hilkam Engineering Consultancy Limited is at the cost of N2,354,247,466.76.

The approval for a new 1,000 capacity conference centre at the University of Abuja came on the heels of the recent abduction of six persons by armed men at the school’s staff quarters in the early hours of Tuesday.

Adesina added, “There was also the approval of another memo presented by the Minister of Power for the award of 400kw PV power plant at Federal Medical Center, Jabi, Abuja at the cost of N768,906,174.71 to Stallion Trading and Construction Company Limited.

“There was also an approval for the Minister of Works and Housing for the award of contract for the rehabilitation of Sokoto – Ilela (Nigeria) Birnin Konin (Niger Republic) Road in Sokoto State at the sum of N8,450,829,974.95 to Messrs Amirco Universal Concept Limited.”

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Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, revealed that the Council approved N1.55bn for the procurement of 46 operational vehicles for the Nigeria Customs Service.

“Today, the Council approved the procurement of 46 units of vehicles. These are for operational and administrative use by the Nigeria Customs Service. This was awarded to Messrs Elizade Nigeria Limited at a total cost of N1,554,200,000 and this amount is inclusive of 7.5 per cent VAT.

“Recall that the last set of procurement of vehicles that was done for Customs was 2017 and 2020, and in 2020 we did see a whole lot of huge seizures that were made by the Nigerian Customs and also the performance in terms of revenue.

“Even with 2021, up till August, they have overperformed the prorated rate of the target that they were given. So, the Council believes that by the provision of these additional vehicles, it will also help in enhancing, not only their effectiveness but their efficiency and more revenues will be generated,” he said.

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#EndSARS: Lagos white paper an attempt to conceal the truth – YRC

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A group, Youth Rights Campaign (YRC) has condemned the white paper issued by the Lagos State government on the report of the Lagos State Judicial Panel Inquiry.

Our correspondent gathered that youths across the country had last year staged protests christened End SARS in order to kick against atrocities committed by some overzealous policemen.

DAILY POST recalls that a panel was set up to look into allegations of shootings and killing of protesters at Lekki Tollgate in October 2020 following the protests last year.

Our correspondent gathered that governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state had a few days ago received the report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the shooting at Lekki Toll Gate and other acts of police brutality around the State.

The governor after receiving the report rejected some of the recommendations of the panel.

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The governor on Tuesday then released a white paper.

YRC, however, in its reaction, described the white paper as an attempt to water down and sidestep the main recommendations of the panel.

The group in a statement made available to DAILY POST through its National Coordinator, Michael Lenin and National Secretary, Francis Nwapa, demand full implementation of the recommendations of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry.

The duo in the statement issued on Wednesday, explained that the Lagos state government rejected the findings of the panel so as to neuter the main thrust of the panel report.

They added that the white paper is an attempt to whitewash the truth.

#EndSARS: Lagos white paper an attempt to conceal the truth – YRC

“The white paper is a product of a so-called “formal committee” headed by the Attorney General of Lagos State. We think it is not only undemocratic but also an insult to the enormous sacrifices of the judicial panel of inquiry as well as host of witnesses, lawyers, security and medical experts and victims and in extension, many Nigerians who anxiously waited for the panel’s report for over one year for the Lagos State government, whose actions were a subject of the panel’s investigation, to constitute a secretive bureaucratic committee to cherry-pick the panel’s findings and recommendations.

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“It is not surprising that the language of the white paper is not so different from the dubious argument deployed by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed and the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, to discredit the panel report. In fact, the arguments canvassed in the white paper to discredit the key panel findings are borrowed straight from the “misinformation playbook” of Lai Mohammed who called the incident of October 20, 2020 “a massacre without bodies”. This shows to what extent the Lagos and Federal governments are working together towards the objective of ultimately covering up the truth.

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“On the basis of all the aforesaid, we hereby demand the full implementation of the recommendations of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry.

“As far as we are concerned, the continuous denial by both the state and federal government that a massacre or mass killing occurred at the Lekki tollgate despite the findings of the judicial panel of enquiry is ridiculous and outrageous.

“Why set up a panel of inquiry in the first place if its findings would be rejected? Apparently the state and federal government were hoping for a favorable outcome but only to be startled by the courage of the panel members in insisting on the truth.

“We demand the immediate prosecution of security personnel and all those found to have been responsible for maiming and killing unarmed protesters both on 20 October 2020 and during the entire #EndSARS protest. We also demand the immediate release of the #EndSARS protesters still unjustly detained across the country”.

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Extra-judicial killings in Obingwa: Abia lawmaker, Thomas Nkoro cries out

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The member representing Obingwa West Constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly, Hon Thomas Nkoro, has cried out about the extra-judicial killings, harassment and extortion by men of the Nigeria Police in his constituency, especially by men of the force at Ohuru Isimiri police station.

Nkoro also narrated how one of his constituents and a young graduate, Mr. Ugochukwu Chinyere, was shot by men of the Nigeria Police in a fatal incident at their illegal checkpoint in Umukalika axis in Obingwa Local Government Area of the state.

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Speaking in an urgent matter of public importance on the floor of the Assembly at its plenary sponsored by him, on Wednesday, the Abia lawmaker said the slain Ugochukwu later lost his life in the hospital despite frantic efforts made to save him.

He said that motorists in his constituency now live in fear because none of them knows the uncertainty that might befall them from the hands of the trigger-happy policemen in their area.

Nkoro called the Commissioner of Police in Abia State to fish out the officers that committed the heinous crime.

According to him, “I want this honorable chamber to also advise policemen in the state to stop using live ammunition on innocent citizens.

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“The Commissioner of Police should expedite action by instructing his men to dismantle all illegal road blocks in the state”, Nkoro concluded.

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Kayode Dodges Fraud Trial In Court Using Fake Doctor’s Report – EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has accused a former minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, of dodging court appearances with fake health reports.

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The former Minister of Aviation has been on trial since 2016 on a 17-count charge bordering on money laundering of over N4 billion.

With at least five recorded absences over the years, he has stalled the case on numerous occasions, claiming health issues, and was fined N200,000 when he failed to show up for an October hearing.

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Prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court when the case resumed on Tuesday, Wednesday 30, 2021 that EFCC agents are investigating fresh fraud allegations against the defendant.

He said the investigations have shown that several letters Fani-Kayode claimed to have obtained from Kubwa General Hospital and presented to court at previous sittings as an excuse for his absence showed that they were all fake.

The 61-year-old was first questioned last week over what was reported to be allegations of fraud.

Kayode Dodges Fraud Trial In Court Using Fake Doctor’s Report – EFCC

He was with the agency for over six hours before he was granted bail on self-recognisance.

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The politician immediately posted on Twitter at the time that he wasn’t arrested but invited for a ‘friendly chat’.

He returned to the agency’s office on Tuesday and was similarly questioned for hours until he was released in the evening.

“Once again I was invited to the EFCC today. Once again, despite media reports, I was NOT arrested but invited. I got there at 11:00 am and I have just been released,” he posted on his Twitter account late on Tuesday.

The case, which has passed through three judges, was on Tuesday adjourned till January 24, 2022.

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