FG approves N3.341bn for flight simulator, accessories at NCAT

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

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