Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council has approved over four billion naira for the execution of contracts in three universities in the country.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this to State House Correspondents at the end of Wednesday’s meeting of the Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He revealed that the Council approved a total sum of N4, 078,903,692 for three contracts in the Osun State University, Osogbo: the Federal University, Lokoja and National Commission for Nomadic Education.
Adamu also disclosed that the Council approved a memorandum that sought the takeover of the David Umahi University of Medical Sciences, Ebonyi, by the federal government, as well as the change of the name of the institution to David Umahi Federal University of Health Sciences.
He said: “We presented four memos, three of them were contracts. The first is for the construction of the Senate Building in Osun State University, in Osogbo. This is at a cost of N2, 134,686,307.88, with a completion period of 76 weeks.
“Second one is another Senate Building. This one is at the Federal University, Lokoja and it is at the cost of N1, 607,471,754.77, with a completion period of 50 weeks.
“The third one is a contract for the erection of a radio antenna for the National Commission for Nomadic Education. It is 50-kilowatt AM radio and the contract sum is N336, 745,631.70. The completion period is 14 weeks.
“The last one is a memo for the takeover of David Umahi University of Medical Sciences, Ebonyi, by the federal government. What we brought in the memo is for Council to ratify the agreement that has been entered between the Ebonyi State government and the federal government and then to approve the renaming of the university from David Umahi University of Medical Sciences to David Umahi Federal University of Health Sciences.”
The Minister said the Council has already approved a draft bill for the renaming of the university as well as its transmittal to the National Assembly for enactment into an Act.