JUNE 28, 2012
In furtherance of Federal Government’s resolve to tackle security challenges, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved the purchase of six fast moving security boats by the Ministry of Transport.
According to the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, who briefed newsmen after the FEC meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, the procurement became compelling because of emerging security challenges in the country.
Sequel to a memo from the Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, the Council approved contract for the design and construction of fast moving security patrol boats, in line with the new international guidelines and security regime required for enhanced comfort to shipping.
“The Council, in approving the procurement of the contract for 2 No. 17 Manta Mk ASD, considered the importance of the boat, “which enhance security at the Lagos pilotage district”.
The contract was awarded in favour of Messrs Kobus Naval Design (Nigeria) Ltd in the sum of $9,429,143.05 inclusive of all taxes with 12 months completion period.
Maku, who was flanked by Umar, said the Council equally approved award of contract for 1 No. 32M Manta MK ASD in favour of Messrs OCEA of France in association with Anglestone Ltd in the sum of $10,451,000.30 with 12 months completion period.
Also, the Council approved the procurement of 3 No. Fast Moving Security Boats in favour of Messrs Oil Response Ltd, in the sum of N233,625,000.00 to be supplied within six months.