The federal government has approved the sum of eight hundred and thirty-six million naira for the establishment of oxygen production plants for COVID-19 pandemic intervention across all states of the country.
Naija News understands that the intervention project was consented to during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held on Wednesday, September 22.
Confirming the development while responding to journalists after the weekly FEC meeting today, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the approval of the upward review followed a memo presented by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire to the council.
Mohammed disclosed further that the Minister of Health also presented a memo seeking for an upward review for the emergency supply, installation and maintenance of the 38 oxygen plants all over the country.
The Minister said: “You will remember in June, the Federal Executive Council, actually approved the sum of ₦5.615 billion to four major contractors for the emergency supply, installation and maintenance of 38 oxygen plants in various parts of the country.
“Regrettably, the four companies also came back recently with the same complaints ranging from fluctuation in the foreign exchange and the scarcity of this plant over the world as a result of material all as a result of COVID-19.
“So, he presented a memo for augmentation in the sum of ₦836 million and this was also approved today.”
Also, an initial sum of ₦98 million to ₦302.8 was approved by the council to make for the revised estimate of costs and extension of the contract for the consultants supervising the Bagwai Water Dam Irrigation project.
Naija News understands that the Bagwai Water Dam Irrigation project in Bagwai Local Government Area of Kano State was awarded in 2005.
However, due to several logistics problems, “the project is still on and just recently, the FEC actually approved an augmentation of the entire contract and that means also that the mandate of the consultant supervising the construction would also have to be reviewed. So, now the total cost for the consultancy is ₦302.9 million,” Mohammed noted.