The Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, has approved the sum of N3.341 billion about ($21.45 million) for the award of contract for the supply and installation of a full Jet-Flight Simulator (5000 Series B737) with complete accessories for the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria to be located at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the supervising Minister of Information, Nurudeen Mohammed, in company of the Ministers of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, Niger Delta, Stephen Oru and supervising Minister of Health, Dr. Khaliru Al- Hassan, said the project would serve the dual purpose of a training facility for the college and a source of revenue generation for the country.
Chidoka said in addition, the college is being used for the initial training of students as it will enjoy the patronage of the commercial airliners in Nigeria and in the West Coast in the recurrent training of their jet-airliner pilots in compliance with the ICAO and NCAA regulations that pilots be given refresher training every six months.
“The project will be funded from the sum of N3.341 billion provided in the 2014 Appropriation of the Ministry for the ‘Procurement of Simulator’ for the NCAT, Zaria, while the balance will come from NCAT’s 2015 budget.
“Council approved the award of contract for the supply and installation of a full Jet- Flight Simulator (5000 Series B737) with complete accessories for the NCAT Zaria to be located at MMIA Lagos in favour of Messrs.
CAE, Canada in the sum of $21.459 million inclusive of all taxes payable at the prevailing exchange rate at the time of payment with a completion period of 24 months.”
The Minister of Niger Delta, Oru also said council approved the award of contract for the construction of Phase 1, Section V of the East West Road, beginning from Uyo/Oron Roundabout in Akwa Ibom State to Calabar- Odukpani Road in Calabar, Cross River State, in favour of Messrs. China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) in the sum of N165,249,125,989.16 with a completion period of five years.
Source : SunOnline