Federal Executive Council Approves Over N2 Billion For 52 Civil Defense Vehicles
On Wednesday, the Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, authorized a sum of N2,024,935 for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) to purchase 52 operational vehicles.
According to Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, who briefed State House Correspondents alongside his colleagues in Information and the Minister of State Power, Jedy Agba, the 52 vehicles include 27 Buffalo Double Cabin, MG 2021 model, 15 Toyota Hilux four-wheel drive premium package 2020 modal, and 10 Toyota Hiace ambulance bus with full option.
He said: “This is done to enhance the capacity of the agency to combat crimes and criminality in Nigeria. It’s my belief that this will go a long way in protecting lives and property in Nigeria.”
On whether the bids were open to local contractors he said: “It was an open bidding exercise, and I think I saw some of our local manufacturers bid, they bidded and the best and most responsive bids won the contract.
“So there is no issue about whether we discriminated against local manufacturers or preference for foreign manufacturers. That is my response to that it was an open bidding.” , Rauf Aregbesola remarked.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, Head of the Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, and Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, were all physically present at the meeting.
Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, Water Resources Suleiman Adamu, Science and Technology Ogbonnaya Onu, Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Dingyadi, Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare were among the ministers who were physically present.
Uche Ogar, the Minister of State for Mines and Steel, and Mu’Azu Sambo, the Minister of Works and Housing, were among the others.