FEC approves N15.1 billion for environmental projects in six geopolitical zones

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According to Information Minister Lai Mohammed, the Federal Executive Committee (FEC) has approved the procurement of flood protection in the six geopolitical zones.

Mohammed said this while briefing State House correspondents on Wednesday on the outcome of the Council meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He gave an overview of the 14 projects approved for award under the Environmental Fund, spanning the country’s six geopolitical zones.

He said two memos were submitted on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, including one requesting approval for the awarding of emergency procurement contracts for intervention projects for accelerated soil erosion, flooding and environmental protection in the first and second quarters of 2022.

The 14 environmental project contracts have been approved for award with a total cost of approximately N15.1 billion.

“You note that these projects are spread across the six geopolitical zones. Two in the southeast, two in the southwest, two in the south-south; Northeast has two, Northwest has three, North-Central and FCT have three,” he said.

“What I would like to add here is that most of these projects will be handed over to the non-profit communities upon completion. But the Environment Agency’s intervention is massive, huge, and if we can complete 261 in six years, it just goes to show that it’s about 40 or more a year on average.

“The other memo is of equal importance on behalf of Mr. President. It is the memo requesting procurement approval for the provision of various farm inputs and equipment for the national youth farmer program.

“As you know, we have the national program for young farmers under the National Agency for Agricultural Land Development. Here four contracts totaling N1 billion, N393 million naira were awarded with different competition periods.”

The minister said the current administration has intervened in 291 projects, of which 263 have been completed and handed over to beneficiary communities and institutions, while a total of 28 are at various stages of completion.

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