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Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the rehabilitation, repairs and construction of 14 roads in different parts of the country.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The presidential spokesman said the 14 roads would gulp N185.3bn.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, said the council approved the contract for the construction of Phase II and the completion of the Industrial Training Fund’s multi-purpose conference centre in Abuja at the cost of N6.5bn inclusive of VAT.
He said, “The importance of this is that the ITF is one of the most important agencies of government when it comes to vocational training and skills acquisition and Abuja is a very important centre of training for ITF.
“It has a training facility that can train 319 people per session. With this investment in this building, it can increase that capacity to about 1,200 per session. So it is a fairly big facility.
“Some of the areas of interest we want to increase training include the automotive skills sector, ICT, tiling, Plaster of Paris, plumbing, GSM, welding and fabrication, refrigeration and so on.
“All these strategies are attempts to implement the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and to diversify the economy in a way that we can bring more people to have the skills that are needed to go to work.”
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said the council approved the Draft Food Safety and Quality Bill as well as the Food Safety Institutional Reform working document.
He said with the approval of the two documents, the country would witness a reduction in the incidence of foodborne illnesses through the preventive controls that are already contained in the bill.
The minister said the documents would also help to support achievements of sustainable effective food trade that will boost and enhance the economy.
Part of the institutional framework in the bill, according to him, to set up Food Safety Council that will be chaired by the Vice President as well as an inter-ministerial committee that will handle food management as well as food safety in Nigeria.