FEC Okays N27.4b Intervention For Insecurity, Flood Victims
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved about N27.4billion worth of interventions for states ravaged by flood and insecurity in the country.
This followed two memos presented by the Vice Chairman of the National Food Security Council and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, to the council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Bagudu said about N8.5billion was also approved as an intervention for about 69,872 insecurity victims in Adamawa, Benue, Borno, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara states.
The Kebbi Governor said: “FEC considered and approved two memos from the National Food Security Council.
“First it approved the intervention for states that have been affected by conflicts and insecurity, where many have been displaced from their homes and some are living in Internally Displaced Persons camps.
“Last year, there was an unusual amount of flooding in some states, about 14 of them and the National Food Security Council considered the impact of that flooding on the agricultural sector, food security, animal husbandry and fisheries.
“And so, today the council approved an intervention totally N18,942,818,912.14.
“Contracts would be awarded to 15 companies to provide seedlings, agrochemicals and fertilizers to 163,117 beneficiaries located in 14 states.
“The states are Adamawa, Anambra, Beyelsa, Benue, Delta, Edo, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Rivers, Sokoto and Taraba.
“As part of the work of national food security council, other interventions have been considered and are being worked upon by the beneficiary community and also the livestock sector.”
Minister of Environment, Suleiman Hassan said they were presented to Council for approval because they are outside the threshold of ministerial tenders board.
Also speaking, Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu revealed that the council approved a contract worth N613million for the construction of Faculty of Arts building in Adamawa State University while the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said the council approved an N106million augmentation for Ego Water Scheme In Imo state.