The Federal Executive Council ( FEC) has approved the sum of N658. 7 million for the deployment of sniffer dogs at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja( NAIA) Abuja.
FEC gave the approval on Wednesday during the weekly meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
TheFact Nigeria gathered that it can cost as much as $20,000 to train a sniffer dog from puppyhood to adulthood.
Also, the council approved N537 million for the acquisition of a property to serve as the new headquarters of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI)
The minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika who spoke with newsmen at the end of FEC 16.6billion for the execution of four projects by his ministry across the country.
According to him, “the other projects to be executed in the contracts include construction of Wachakal Airport in Yobe at N6.3 billion; post construction services for the same airport at the cost of N219.8 million and procurement of eight airport rescue and firefighting vehicles at the cost of N9.5 billion.
“FEC approved four memoranda for ministry of aviation, and one of which is approval for the construction of Wachakal Airport in Yobe State at the contract sum of N6,284,065,056.
“And in our drive to develop the sector and ensure connectivity within our region and also improve on our security architecture and also attend to the various needs of civilisation, we found this airport and many others that are coming across the country useful.
“The second was a post-Consultancy Services for the construction of the same airport, Wachakal Air strip which is very close to Nguru in Yobe state.
“So, first Consultancy Services is given to Kafe Engineering at the sum of N219,782,500 only. This will include seven and a half per cent VAT.
“The third memorandum that was taken for approval, he added, was for the supply and maintenance of eight units of airport rescue and firefighting vehicles including spare parts and training.
“And this was given to Messers Gulf of Africa International Ltd., the exclusive representatives of the OEM and the OEMs are Emirate firefighting equipment factory, this is in the sum of N9,535,132,500.This also will include seven and a half per cent and delivery period for this procurement is 12 months.
“The last memo that was taken from aviation, it has to do with approval for the award of contract for the deployment of sniffer dogs canine in airports in Lagos and Abuja, we will be continuing with this procurement and other airports as well. So, the total contract sum for this procurement is N658,762,783.36 which includes seven and a half percent VAT.”