The Federal Executive Council, on Wednesday, approved a total sum of N1.61bn for the construction of senate building at the Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi state.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, disclosed to State House Correspondents after this week’s council meeting, which was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
Adamu revealed that the council approved a total sum of N4.08bn for three contracts in the Federal University, Lokoja; Osun State University, Osogbo, and the National Commission for Nomadic Education.
He also disclosed that the council approved a memorandum seeking the federal government’s takeover of the David Umahi University of Medical Sciences, Ebonyi and renaming it to David Umahi Federal University of Health Sciences.
“We presented four memos, three of them were contracts. The first is for the construction of the Senate Building in Osun State University, in Osogbo. This is at a cost of N2.13bn, with the completion period of 76 weeks and the contractor is WAZLAF Engineering Limited.
“The second one is another Senate Building. This one is at the Federal University, Lokoja and it is at the cost of N1.61bn, with the completion period of 50 weeks and the contractor for the project is Amber Bliss Nigeria Limited.
“The third one is a contract for the erection of radio antenna for the National Commission for Nomadic Education. It is 50 kilowatt AM radio and the contractor is ECALPEMOS Technologies Limited and the contract sum is N336.75m. The completion period is 14 weeks.
“The last one is a memo for the takeover of David Umahi University of Medical Sciences, Ebonyi, by the federal government.
“What we brought in the memo is for Council to ratify the agreement that has been entered between the Ebonyi State government and the federal government and then to approve the renaming of the university from David Umahi University of Medical Sciences to David Umahi Federal University of Health Sciences and to approve a draft bill, which has been written, and then to approve the transmittal of this bill to the National Assembly for enactment into an Act,” he explained.
The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Lokoja, Prof Olayemi Akinwumi who was present to defend the building of the Senate Building project and at the briefing, praised the Federal Executive Council for the gracious approval, pointing out that it would go a long way in ensuring a smooth running of the University.