FEC clarifies FG position on Procurement Act,SAMOA Agreement and ASUU,IPPIS

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The Federal Executive Council,FEC, which met in Abuja Wednesday has taken far reaching decisions among which is the review of the Procurement Act enacted in 2007 with contemporary times,the misrepresentation of a section of the media on the SAMOA agreement and the removal of the Academic Staff of University,ASUU from the IPPIS .

This is contained in a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy,Bayo Onanuga.
Details below:

MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING OF JULY 10, 2024

The council meeting took off with the swearing-in of eight new permanent secretaries. Thereafter, council members congratulated President Bola Tinubu on his re-election as chairman of the Economic Community of West African States for another one-year term.

Here are the takeaways:

PROCUREMENT ACT

Council deliberated on the need to align project costs with the budget heads and avoid augmentation after the awards of contracts. Council learnt that the augmented contracts are those inherited by the Tinubu Administration, with most of them awarded more than 10-15 years ago.

Council decided that the Attorney-General of the Federation should review the Procurement Act in operation since 2007 to bring it in line with contemporary demands.

Henceforth, ministries were urged to reconcile project costs with budget provisions and where extra funding is needed, get the clearance of the Minister of Budget and Minister of Finance. The two ministers will now serve as a clearing house for capital projects.

SAMOA AGREEMENT

The Minister of Budget and Economic Planning and the Minister of Information and National Orientation reported to the council about the misinformation being disseminated by a Nigerian newspaper against the agreement to sow disaffection against the Tinubu Administration.

The Minister of Budget reiterated that there was no issue of LGBTQ in the international agreement signed by the Nigerian government. He and the Attorney General also reported that the agreement does not contain any clause that conflicts with our laws and the Constitution, citing the position of the Nigerian Bar Association. Minister of Information reported on the complaint filed against the newspaper with the Ombudsman of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria.

ASUU AND IPPIS

The council asked the Secretary of the Government of the Federation to expedite the implementation of the council decision made months ago, separating the universities from the IPPIS platform.

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ABUJA

Council ratified the anticipatory approval given on 28 May 2023 by former President Muhammadu Buhari to establish the university in the Federal Capital. The university is the first of the network of Pan African Institutes of Science and Technology dedicated to teaching African scientists and technologists.

MINISTRY OF LIVESTOCK DEVELOPMENT

Council decided that the Ministry be excised from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and developed along the lines suggested by the Presidential Livestock Development Council, now headed by Professor Attahiru Jega.

The FEC approved some contracts as follows:

1. Facility Maintenance Service submitted by EFCC, in favour of Julius Berger at a cost of N392 Million. The contract sum was less than the N533m approved in 2018 for the yearly maintenance of the headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.

2. Procurement of 2000 tractors, 4000 disc ploughs, 1000 disc ridges, 1200 tractor trailers and assorted spare parts. The items to be supplied are for the National Agricultural Mechanisation Programme(NAMP) to strengthen national food security. Astride DMCC, which has done a similar job in Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa and Togo, will supply all the equipment and will also set up a plant to assemble the machinery, in the second stage of the contract.

3. Contract for the engineering audit of upstream measurement equipment and facilities in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Upstream Sector in favour of Messrs PE Energy Limited. Completion will be 180 days.

4. Contract for the procurement of pre-field development studies for advanced declaration solution Technology in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Upstream Sector, in favour of Messrs P-Lyne Energy Limited. Completion will also be in 180 days.

5. Two Contracts for the supply of 21 SUVs to the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission. The contracts in favour of Elizade Nigeria Limited.

6. Contract for the procurement of low and high voltage substation connectors in favour of Messrs Maglous Enterprises Limited. The connectors are for Transmission Company of Nigeria.

The council adjourned till Monday 15 July

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Bayo Onanuga
Special Adviser to the President on Information & Strategy

July 10, 2024

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