N32.2b for 19 power projects

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THE NATION

 

N32.2b for 19 power projects.    22/11/2007
     

•N8.7b for eight varsities

From Vincent Ikuomola,

Abuja

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved N1.25 billion for the refurbishment of the Egbin Thermal station.

Also, the Council approved N32.38billion for 19 transmission projects. These approvals, according to Mr. John Odey, Minister of Information and Communications, are to improve power supply.

He noted that the need to rehabilitate and refurbish the Egbin Thermal station, the largest power station in the country – cannot be over-emphasised.

The company handling the maintenance of the Thermal station has eight months to complete the overhauling.

Said Odey: “Council received another memo from Mr. President for the approval of rehabilitation and overhaul of intake bane screen and rays screen system at Egbin electric power business unit in Lagos. This is in keeping with Federal Government policy to ensure improved power supply in the country. Egbin power plant is the backbone of the nation’s power generation, contributing about a quarter of the energy supply to the national grid. So, the need to ensure that it is rehabilitated and overhauled cannot be overemphasized. Council therefore approved the award of the contract for the rehabilitation and overhauling of intake bane screen and rays screen system at Egbin electric power business unit in Lagos in favour of Messers Valence Golden Ltd in the sum of N1,25, 684, 24,06 only with the completion period of eight months.

“Council also considered another memo for the construction of 19 various transmission lines projects for the year 2007.

“To equally provide for proper and effective transmission of power that will be generated by the ongoing intervention to improve power supply, Council is aware that there is the need to expand the transmission infrastructure to accommodate the increase power to be generated by the ongoing generating stations, Council therefore approved the award of contract for the construction of 19 various online project for the year 2007 to various contractors as detailed attached as forwarded to the ministry as well in the total sum of 32,38,412,77 only”.

“The Council also approved N8.729billion contract for the upgrading of eight federal universities and additional one in the oil producing states and another one in Solid Mineral producing states under the second phase programme uplifting structures of Federal Universities.

The eight Universities listed are: Federal University, Uyo, Obafemi Awolowo University, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Federal University of Technology Minna, Abubakar Tafa Balewa University, Bauchi, University of Calaba, University of Ilorin, and Bayero University, Kano.

The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) was also directed by the council to establish one oil and gas institution in Bayelsa State in line with the Niger Delta stakeholders’ decision.

Odey said the President asked that the oil and gas department of selected universities and National Technical Institute, Boni, Rivers State be upgraded while the PTDF establish the Oil and Gas Polytechnic, Ekewun, Bayelsa State.

The council approved the award of contract at the total cost of N8,739,665,410,48 only for the various projects and the schedule of the contractors.

The second phase of the university upgrade project is to be implemented in eight additional universities, chosen based on the six geo-political zones in the country, an additional one from the core oil producing state and another additional one from the solid minerals belt as follows:

University of Uyo Department of Chemical/Petroleum Engineering, Bayero University, Kano Electrical Engineering Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Osun State, Geology Department, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Petroleum and Engineering Department, University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Geology and Mineral Science Department, Abubakar Tafawa University, Petroleum Engineering Department, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Calabar, Applied and Petroleum Chemistry Department.

The National Veterinary Research Institute received a boost through a memo submitted to council by Ministry of Agriculture for the approval of contract for the supply of laboratory furniture and fittings for quality control laboratory buildings at the institution in Vom, Plateau Sta

 

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