The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N1.5bn for the procurement of 46 vehicles for the operational and administrative use by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) which would boost the operational efficiency of the service and increase revenue generation.
The Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said this after a virtual FEC meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
“Today, 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 the total cost of N1.5 billion and this amount is inclusive of the 7.5 per cent VAT.
“Recall that the last set of procurement of vehicles that was done for Customs was in 2017 and 2020.
“And in 2020, we did see a whole lot of huge seizures that was made by the Nigeria Customs and also the performance in terms of revenue,” the Minister aid.
He said that as at August 2021, the NCS had over performed the allocated rate of the target that it was given.
“So, council believes that with the provision of these additional vehicles, it will also be enhancing not only their effectiveness but their efficiency and then, more revenue will be generated,” he said.
The special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, also announced other approvals made by the council.
Mr. Adesina said there was an approval for the construction and furnishing of new senate building and a 1000 capacity conference centre at the University of Abuja at the cost of N2.3 billion, noting that the memorandum was presented by the Education Ministry and it was approved.
He also said that council approved contracts for the Ministries of Power and Works and Housing.
“There was also an approval for award of contract for the construction of 400 kilowatts Solar PV Power Plant at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, to Messrs Hilkam Engineering Consultancy Limited at the cost of N768. 9 million by the Minister of Power, and it was approved.
“And then, there was an approval for the Minister of Works and Housing for the award of contract for the rehabilitation of Sokoto-Illela road; that is at the Nigeria end and Birnin-Konni, Niger-Republic end in Sokoto State.
“The contract sum is N8.4 billion awarded to Messrs Amirco Universal Concept Limited,” he said.