The Federal Executive Council, On Wednesday, Approved The Sum Of N5.16bn For The Construction Of Two Accommodation Facilities Comprising 192 Flats Of Various Room Capacities For Personnel Of The National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency.
22nd March 2023 04:53 PM
Following the unprecedented achievements of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in recent years, the men and officers of the anti-drug agency have been open to consistent harassment and threats to their lives by perpetrators of the drug crimes.
The federal government has therefore approved the award of contract for the construction of suitable accommodation of over 100 flats for Narcotics officers and men of the NDLEA to be situated in the nation's capital.
Addressing state house correspondents after this week's federal executive council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said this approval is part of measures to provide security for the narcotics officers and agents.
Malami premised the approval on the security and safety of the NDLEA’s Narcotics Superintendents and Assistants whom, he said, have come under attack due to their increased anti-drug campaigns.
He said the campaigns led to 18,940 arrests, N40bn worth of hard drugs seized and 2,904 convictions between the first and third quarters of 2022 alone.
However, the gains have made NDLEA personnel moving targets for vindictive drug lords, he said.
In the same vein, the executive council also approved the review of the 2022 national agricultural seed policy with the aim of providing Nigerian farmers easy access to quality seeds that can compete in the world market.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammad Abubakar hinted that with the emerging technology in seed production globally, the agric sector is being accorded greater priority so as to sustain national food security.
Meanwhile, the federal ministry of transportation has sought and gotten approval of the council for the provisions of four customised fire service search and rescue vans for the sea ports in Port Harcourt, and Tin-can island and Marina national ports authority headquarters in Lagos at the sum of 510.9 million naira.
FEC also approved for the ministry the contract for the procurement of rolling stock, operations and maintenance equipment for the kano-Maradi standard gauge rail line that is currently under construction at the contract sum of 984.7 million dollars with completion period of four years.