The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N532 million for the construction and furnishing of the University of Ibadan library extension.
The Minister of Information and Culture,
Lai Mohammed, briefed State House correspondents after the virtual FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari is still in London for a routine medical check-up.
“The Minister of Education also presented a memo for the award of contract for the construction and furnishing of the extension of the University of Ibadan library.
“The memo, which was approved, is at the cost of N532 million with a completion period of 48 weeks,’’ the minister said.
Mr Mohammed hinted that the memo was well received because of the need to extend the library facility in the university.
He said that for many years, the library had needed real extension, given the surge in students’ population.
According to him, the extension project will comprise two suspended floors, two online reading areas and three cubicles
It will also include one physically challenged reading area, four seminar rooms and one reprographic unit.
Other facilities are six staff offices, one control room, a general room, stores, four e-libraries, a coffee room, a technical service room, a media unit room, one galaxy/exhibition room and a journal publication unit, in addition to two reading areas.
“The contract was awarded to the UYK Nigeria limited and it is to be delivered in 48 weeks,’’ Mr Mohammed
On the seventh anniversary of the abduction of Chibok girls, the minister said the government had more than ever demonstrated its concern for the issue of security through the town hall meeting it held in Kaduna recently.
He said the theme of the all-encompassing meeting was “Setting Benchmark for Enhanced Security and National Unity.”
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Meanwhile, the meeting observed a minute silence in honour of Mahmud Tukur, a former Minister of Commerce and Industry, who passed away recently.
Apart from Mr Mohammed and Mrs Ahmed, others at the FEC meeting were the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba. The remaining ministers joined virtually from their offices.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ecological Funds Office, Habiba Lawal.
The National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno, a retired major general, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, were also present at the meeting.
At its last meeting on March 31, FEC approved over N19billion for various projects for the Ministries of Transportation, Aviation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
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