Posted by News Express | 10 November 2016 | 1,788 times
The Federal Executive Council in Nigeria on Wednesday assessed its performance in the past one year of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Briefing reporters after the Council’s meeting, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said the meeting reflected on the progress so far, the challenges encountered and the tasks members of the council still have to tackle.
According to him, the Council approved the direct procurement of four-wheel patrol vehicles produced by Nissan for Mines Inspectorate Division of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
He cited the killing of miners in Zamfara State, saying that the ministry for over a decade, does not have surveillance vehicles to check such unfortunate incidence and oversee mining activities in other states.
According to him, the approval was a show of the commitment of the Buhari’s administration to developing mining activities in Nigeria.
The vehicles will cost 326,781 million Naira.
Also the Federal Executive Council ratified the Lake Chad Basin Charter signed in 2012.
The charter will be sent to the National Assembly for enactment into law.
The minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, who also briefed reporters after the council’s meeting, said the lake had been threatened by climate change and that effort was being made to ensure the lake is safe from extinction.
The assessment is coming one year after the cabinet was constituted by President Buhari months after he was sworn in.
The delay had drawn criticisms and had impact on economic activities in the nation; with most investors waiting for the minister’s to be named. (Channels TV)
•Photo shows FEC members during a session.
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