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Published On: Thu, Oct 23rd, 2014

President re-assigns ministers to vacant ministries

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President Goodluck JonathanBy Lawrence Olaoye.

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday announced the re-assignment of some ministers to perform the functions of those of their colleagues who last week resigned their appointments to pursue their governorship ambition in their various states.

This was disclosed in a briefing by the Dr. Nuruddeen Mohammed, Minister of State 1, Foreign Affairs who now oversee the Information ministry in place of Mr. Labaran Maku, who last week resigned to contest Nasarawa governorship election next year.

Defence Lt. Gen. Aliyu Gusau, according to him, has been detailed to oversee the functions of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro who resigned his position as the Minister of State in the same ministry to run for Lagos state guber.

Professor Viola Onwuliri, who until yesterday was the Minister of State 1 Foreign Affairs, has been moved to replace Chief Nyesom Wike, who resigned to contest the Rivers state governorship election.

Minister of State, Heath, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, takes over from former substantive minister, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu while Dr. Olusegun Aganga would oversee the functions of the former Minister of state in the same ministry, Chief Samuel Ortom.

Kabiru Turaki, Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, will now oversee the Ministry of Labour vacated by Chief Emeka Wogu while the substantive Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Dr. Steven Oru will for now combine the functions of his former Minister of State, Darius Ishaku, who resigned to contest the Taraba governorship election.

According to the new government spokesperson, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the contract for the supply and installation of a full Jet-Flight Simulator (5000 Series B737) with complete accessories for the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria to be located at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos at the cost of $21.459 million inclusive of all taxes payable at the prevailing exchange rate at the time of payment with a completion period of 24 months.

The FEC also approved the award of contract for the construction of the East West Road, Section V ( Oron-Calabar) phase 1in Akwa Ibom / Cross River States, at the cost of N165,249,125,989.16 , with a completion period of five years.”

It also approved two contracts for the supervision of construction of Calabar-Oba-Nsan-Okoroba-Ajasor road (Section 1) in Cross River state and construction of road/drainage at Mbaise Ring Road intersecting Owerri-Umahia road in Imo State at the sum of N106, 407,242.51 with a completion period of 24 months.

The second supervision of the construction of the Mbaise Ring Road intersecting Owerri-Umahia Road in Imo state was also awarded for the same amount.

FEC similarly, approved the Revised Estimated Total Cost (RETC) 2 for the East-West Road Project, Sections I and II (Sub-Sections II-I and II-II) in the sum of N23, 484,369,831.99 inclusive of all taxes in favour of Messrs Setraco (Nigeria) Limited with a completion period of 7 months.

This is just as the Council also approved the sum of N131.9 million for the purchase of Zonal Office building for the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in Owerri, Imo state capital.

The FEC equally approved the award of contract for the appointment of Transaction Adviser for the Rehabilitation of Independence Building for National Trade and International Business Centre Project in Lagos State in favour of Messrs Infrastructure Bank Plc, in the sum of N150, 364,000 only with a completion period of 12 months


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