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NDLEA To Get New Barracks Worth Over 5 Billion Naira




The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to get new barracks as the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved contracts worth N459,083,625,76 for the projects and the Ministry of Transportation.

After the FEC meeting on Wednesday, the Attorney General of the Federation and Justice Minister Abubakar Malami told state house correspondents that the council approved N5,157,265,770 for the construction of barracks for the NDLEA personnel.

Two contracts, according to the minister, were awarded. The first went to Whitchino Engineering Limited for the building of housing for narcotics superintendents and assistant blocks, each consisting of six numbers of three bedroom, semi-detached flats, 12 flats, and five blocks, consisting of 16 one-bedroom terraces plots, 80 plots totalling 92 plots, at a cost of N2,267,785,450.83.

He said that JP Sigma Nigeria Ltd was given the second contract, for N2,889,480,320.55, to construct housing for drug superintendents and agents.

Malami stated that the housing will consist of two blocks with six numbers of three bedroom, semi-detached flats in each, totalling 12 flats, and eleven blocks with eight numbers of two-bedroom semi-detached flats in each, totalling 89 apartments, for a total of 100 flats.

The minister said, “What was presented today by the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice was a council memo at the instance of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

“As you are aware, there has been renewed and sustained onslaught against drug cartels and barons over time. Within the three quarters of 2023, about 18,940 arrests were affected by the NDLEA, and indeed drugs, the estimated value of which is over N40 billion, were confiscated. Again, about 2,904 convictions were recorded.

“These successes recorded, unfortunately, translated to unprecedented threats and attacks on personnel, officers, men, and other ranks of the agency. Then, the need has arisen for the Federal Government to consider the possibility of taking security measures that will now provide the desired protection for the officers and men of the agency.”

FEC Approved Two memoranda From Transport Ministry

On the other hand, FEC approved two memoranda submitted by the ministry of transportation on behalf of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the ministry itself for the management of the Nigerian Railway Cooperation (NRC).

The minister for Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo Jaji made this known to State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting on Wednesday.

He said, “The Federal Ministry of Transportation, this afternoon, presented two memoranda to the council on behalf of two of its agencies.

“The first agency is the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), which sought to provide for the award of a contract for the construction and supply of customized fire service search and rescue vans for the extrication of accident victims.

“For Rivers Ports, Port Harcourt; Lagos Port Complex, Tin Can Island Port and Marina (NPA) headquarters, all in Lagos, Council considered the memorandum and approved the award of the contract as recommended.

“A reviewed by the Bureau of Public Procurement in the sum of N510,934,600 million, inclusive of seven and a half per cent value Added Tax (VAT) with a completion period of nine months in favour of Messrs All Works Commercial Company Limited.

“The second memorandum presented by the ministry was on behalf of the ministry itself but for the ultimate management by the Nigerian Railway Cooperation (NRC).

“The memorandum sought the council’s consideration and approval for the award of contract for the procurement of rolling stock operation and maintenance equipment for the Kano-Maradi standard gauge rail line that is currently under construction.

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“The contract was awarded to Messers Motor Engine Nigeria Limited … I for$984,722,302.05, inclusive of seven and a half percenters with a completion period of four years.”