[WATCH] FG approves arms procurement for prison guards


The federal executive council (FEC) on Wednesday granted approval for the procurement of arms and ammunition for the armed guards of the Nigerian prisons service.

FEC also approved contracts and procurement in the ministries of Power Works Housing and Environment.

The meeting presided over by vice president Yemi Osinbajo also approved the procurement, installation and inauguration of instrument landing system (ILS) and distance measuring equipment (DME) to guide pilots and planes to the central line of the runway in Abuja, Kaduna, Benin, Ibadan and Enugu airports

Briefings journalists after the FEC meeting, the minister of interior, general Abdulrahman Dambazzau (Rtd), said the approval for the procurement of arms for prison guards was necessitated by the need to secure the prisons, particularly where inmates require maximum security.

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The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, noted that the contract for the procurement and installation and commissioning of ILS and DME had been awarded long before now but that due to exchange rate, it had to be brought back to council, as it suffered lack of budgetary allocations.

Also, the minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, submitted two memorandum – one of which was for a cost revision for the Ilorin-Omuaran-Kabba road reconstruction.

The minister of state for environment, Ibrahim Jibrin hinted that the council approved a memo for the ratification of the Doha amendment of the Kaito protocol, which concerns the United Nations framework conventions on climate change which is a major global issue across the world now.

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He said the interest of government is to get the agreement ratified as it was done at the FEC meeting.

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