The Federal Executive Council yesterday approved N5.6bn for establishment of oxygen production plants in all the 36 states of the federation.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced this to reporters after the FEC meeting.
He said: “The Minister of Health presented a memo, which was approved, for the emergency supply, installation and maintenance of oxygen production plants and construction of plant houses in each of the 36 states of the federation and Abuja.
“The contract was approved in the sum of N5, 615, 127, 479 inclusive of 7.5 per cent VAT, in favour of four different companies, with a completion period of 20 weeks.”
The minister said the approval was to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic which had made oxygen a very critical commodity.
He said the council also approved N1,127,945,000 for the procurement of aviation security uniforms and accessories for use in various airports across the country.
He said N864.7m was approved for two road contracts abandoned by previous administrations under the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
“The Minister of Niger Delta got approval for Okpula-Igwartanta Phase I linking Imo and Rivers State, started in 2010.
“He got an approval for a variation of N620, 763, 000. He also got approval for erosion flood control on Ndemili-Utagba-Onitsha road in Delta State, started in 2014.
“The council today approved N244m to augment the original contract sum,” he added.