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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a total of N10.7 billion for the establishment of 10 new rice mills across the six geo-political zones of the country.
Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, disclosed this yesterday while briefing State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja
Heineken, who was joined at the briefing by the Ministers of Water Resources, Health, Power, Works and Housing as well as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the new rice mills will be handed to private sector operators through a due diligence selection process.
The rice mills, which are expected to be set up in Ogun, Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kogi, Kaduna, Niger and Bauchi states have each, a milling capacity of 100 tonnes per day.
He said: “Few years ago, it was reported that this country needs a minimum of 100 large mills. As at today, we have about 21. But the Federal Government, in its wisdom, decided that today we should approve the establishment of 10 new rice mills at the total cost of N10.7 billion.
“This will be given to the private sector to manage which will be paid back within a given timeframe as will be agreed between the Bank of Agriculture and the rice mills.
“The state will be 10. You know in Nigeria, over 30 states are growing rice. In today’s memo, the 10 rice mills will be located across the six geopolitical zones including Kebbi, Zamfara, Benue, Kogi, Bayelsa, Anambra, Kaduna, Niger, Ogun, Bauchi. The capacity of the rice mills is 100 tons per day each,” he stressed.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, also told reporters that FEC approved the licencing agreement between the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NAPRED) and May and Baker Plc.
The minister said council also approved the construction of a Trauma Centre at Federal Medical Centre, Owerri at the cost of N840.817 million and this must be completed within 48 weeks.
“We expect that it will serve as a first class centre of care for accident and trauma cases along Port Harcourt, Owerri, Enugu axis and will really change the dynamics of care in these areas,” Adewole said.
On the ongoing strike by health workers, the minister explained that the Federal Government has actually constituted a high level body to look into all aspects of demand, including the financial implications and also to plan for the management of consequences of addressing those demands.
The minister, however, said that government has never been into agreement with the health workers as being claimed by its officials.
In his remarks, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said Council also approved the award of contract for the construction of Subaila-Falala-Bini-Baku-Bauchi Road that connects Kano and Bauchi States. The contract is worth N4.578 billion.
Fashola said Council also approved additional works on section one of Lagos – Ibadan expressway. The road, extending over 43.6 kilometres at the cost of N64.108 billion, include pedestrian bridges, toll plazas for that section will accommodate the changing nature of that road.
According to Fashola, “Since its conception, so many new structures, religious institutions, factories, universities, increased human activities have come up along that road.
“The inherited design didn’t provide for these at all and also to modify the quality of bitumen.”
He said the first section is handled by Julius Berger. The second section under RCC, which covers over 80 kilometres, will come to council to incorporate similar works, including drainage works when we finish the procurement.
Council also approved the sum of $460 million for the completion of different construction projects at the Lagos and Abuja airports, including passenger and cargo terminals awarded by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
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