The Federal Executive Council yesterday approved N2,124,935,000 to purchase 52 operational vehicles for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, told reporters that 27 of the vehicles are Buffalo Double Cabin, MG 2021 model, 15 Toyota hilaux four wheel drive premium package 2020 model and 10 Toyota Hiace ambulance bus with full option.
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He said: “This is done to enhance the capacity of the agency to combat crimes and criminality in Nigeria. It’s my belief that this will go a long way in protecting lives and property in Nigeria.”
The Minister of State, Power, Agba, said the council approved three major contracts aimed at enhancing the performance of the national grid and improve power supply.
He said: “One of the lines is the one linking Benin, Oshogbo and Akure in Edo, Osun and Ondo States.
“So, in the three states, the grid in that area has been weak for some time, but with this approval of today’s contract, we’re swinging into action and certainly, very shortly, we would have improvement on the grid in that area.
“Also, the 133 KVA in Akwanga and Lafia in Nasarawa State has also been improved. That also helps to strengthen the line to Abuja through those two states. Plateau and Benue States would have improved electrical supply, following those strengthening.
“So, if we empower our grid properly, and given the encouragement the president and FEC has given us, we promised Nigerians that the grid will be enhanced, and electricity supply to the country improved, albeit, gradually. But we were working on that. And with these approvals, we hope to do better for Nigerians.”