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FEC approves N1.3b contracts to reposition NAN, NTA, FRCN

Alh. Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture

The Federal Government on
Wednesday approved N1.3 billion contracts to strengthen and reposition its
media outfits for effective information dissemination.

The media organisations to
benefit from the projects include the News Agency of Nigeria, Nigeria
Television Authority and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.
The Minister of Information
and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this when he briefed State House
Correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council,
presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The minister announced the
approval of the contracts for the procurement of cameras, television packs and
other broadcast equipment at a cost of N283.8 million for the Nigeria
Television Authority.
He also announced sum of
N148.7 million for the procurement of 15 Peugeot vehicles for the News Agency
of Nigeria.
Mohammed added that N873.5
million was approved for the procurement of 12 10kw FM transmitters and three
Outside Broadcast Vans for the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.
He went further to give the
breakdown of the FRCN contracts as N561 million for the 12 10kw transmitters
and N311 million for the three Outside Broadcast Vans.
The minister also explained
that the upgrade of equipment at the NTA took place more than a decade ago.
Mohammed said: “I also
presented three memos today on behalf of three parastatals in my ministry, the
NTA, the News Agency of Nigeria and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.
“The memo by the NTA was
for an approval for the award of contract for the procurement of cameras,
microphones and television pack for a total sum of N283,813,990.75.
“It is significant to note
that in the last 20 years, only twice that attempts have been made to upgrade
the equipment of the NTA.
“The first attempt was in
1999 during the FIFA Under-20 World Cup and the last was in 2009 when Nigeria
hosted the FIFA Under-17 World Cup
So also the News Agency of
Nigeria also presented their memo.
“But here largely they
wanted vehicles to them move to gather and disseminate news.
“So, the contract for the
procurement of 15 vehicles from Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited was awarded
to them for N148,740,900.”

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