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FG approves N31.2bn power contract

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The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday
approved a contract for the generation of power
from the 40MW Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam to the
tune of N31.2 billion.The approval was given during
the council’s meeting presided over by President
Goodluck Jonathan.Minister of Information, Mr.
Labaran Maku; Minister of Health, Onyebuchi
Chukwu; Minister of State, Power, Muhammed Wakil;
Minister of State, Health, Khaliru Alhassan; and the
Director-General of the Bureau of Public
Procurement, Emeka Eze, briefed State House
correspondents of the meeting’s outcome.Wakil said
the contract awarded to the contractor currently
building the dam, SCC Nigeria Limited, was expected
to be completed in 18 months.He said apart from the
additional megawatts of power that it would add to
the national grid on completion, the project would
also create employment opportunities for the people
of the community.Alhassan said he briefed the
council on the progress being made to completely
eradicate polio from the country.He said so far, there
were only six cases of polio in the country.

He gave the affected states to include Kano and Yobe.“The
council was happy about progress made. We have
the belief that sooner than expected, polio will be
eradicated in the country,” he said.Eze, on his part,
said a committee headed by him present the report
of a technical assessment they carried out on 15
ongoing erosion projects in the South East to the
council.

He said the first phases of about six of the
projects had been completed 100 per cent while
others were between 60 per cent and 90 per cent
completion stages.

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