The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the establishment of the Federal University of Health Sciences in Otukpo, Benue State.
The approval was given at Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, who announced this at the media briefing after the meeting, said that the council approved the draft bill for the establishment of the university.
The establishment of the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo will bring the number of federal universities in the country in 2021 to 50.
It will also be the third federal university of health sciences in Nigeria after the Federal University of Health Sciences, Azare, Bauchi State; and the Federal University of Health Sciences, Ila Orangun, Osun State.
Bills for Interior Ministry
In a similar development, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola informed State House correspondents at the briefing that the cabinet meeting approved two memoranda he presented for bills from his ministry.
“On behalf of the Ministry of Interior, I presented a memo seeking for a bill on how to rebuild the Immigration and Prisons Services Board at CAP 12, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.
“I equally sought for the enactment of the civil defence, Correctional Federal Service and Immigration Services Board, CDCFIB Bill 2021 at today’s FEC,” Aregbesola said, adding that “the two prayers were approved.”
Also at the briefing, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello said that his ministry got approval for the procurement of a light-duty towing truck.
According to him, the procurement would include a 10-ton crane attachment for the Directorate of Road Services under the Federal Capital Territory Administration.
“This truck is meant to complement and add to the fleet of vehicles that that directorate has so that it can enhance our activities of towing vehicles at scenes of accidents and also of towing vehicles when they are impounded,” Bello stated.
He said that the contract has been awarded to a company called CIF Global Services Ltd at a total contract sum of N286, 302, 277. 50k, with a completion period of eight weeks.
Approves N27.07billion For Roads
The Nigerian cabinet has approved about N27.07billion for the Bodo-Bonny Road and Bridge in Rivers State, and the Idah-Nsukka Road.
The Bodo-Bonny Road is the first road link between the Bonny Island to other parts of Rivers State in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria, while the Idah-Nsukka Road links Kogi State and Enugu State.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola stated this while briefing the media after Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Fashola said that the approvals followed two memoranda that he presented at the meeting.
“The first was to appoint the consultant to undertake the supervision consultancy for the construction of Bodo-Bonny Road and Bridge, which was previously awarded by Council.
“So, we now have a consultant helping to supervise what the contractor is doing. The supervision consultancy was awarded at the sum of N895, 250, 000.00k to a group called Tell Consultants.”
Fashola said that the second memorandum he presented to the meeting was for the contract for the rehabilitation of the Ida-Nsukka Road, an 84km linking Enugu and Kogi States.
He said that the Council approved the contract for the sum N26.172billion.