Thursday, 13 September 2012


The Federal Executive Council  on Wednesday approved the execution of 44 infrastructural development projects under the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on phase development for the nine oil producing States.

Minister of Information Labaran Maku disclosed this after the Council meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House.

The Information Minister also announced the endorsement by Council of a National Policy on climate Change boasting that the gas flaring under the present administration was at its lowest at 8 percent

The States to benefit from the NDDC projects are, Cross River, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Imo, Abia Ondo State.

Mr Maku did not give the contract sum of the projects, said they would be funded exclusively from the funds that accrue to the region through NDDC.

He said the approval would enable the Commission to expedite actions in the implementation of the projects at the exit of rainy season.

Environment Minister Hadiza Mailafia explained that government was ready to enforce the National Policy on climate Change through its agencies especially the National Environmental Standards Regulatory and Enforcement Agency NESREA which would be strengthened to do its job through appropriate legislation.

She however admitted that the elimination of gas flaring in the country was a problem that was still being tackled

Similarly, FEC approved N13.3 billion contract for the provision of second phase of primary engineering infrastructure to Mbora district in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Minister of State for FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, said the contracts involved provision of arterial and collector roads, telecommunications, power supply, drainage works, and others.

She said the project to be funded from the statutory budget of the FCT would enable plot owners to start development in earnest.

Meanwhile the Federal Executive Council has finally agreed to the inclusion of retired members of the Armed Forces in the National Health Insurance scheme

Minister of Defence Olushola Obada explained that he Primary consideration for this was that ex servicemen still remained on the reserve list after disengagement from service and their being treated right would motivate even serving Officers and men to put in their best in defending the country

The scheme scattered over three years would cost government an average of annually while about 7500 pensioners would benefit from the first phase

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