FEC approves N2.4 bn for UNIMAID fence

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved N2.4 billion for the construction of a perimeter fence around the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting on Wednesday that the ministry presented another memo to FEC on the procurement of textbooks for the early childhood education level.

Maiduguri, the Borno State capital where UNIMAID is located has been an epicentre of the decade old conflict with terrorist group, Boko Haram. The school itself has been attacked by the insurgents half a dozen times in the past through blindspots.

The minister recalled that funds for the construction of the fence was earlier approved in 2019.

It covers a 23.7km perimeter around the University of Maiduguri.

“If you could recall, it was first approved around in 2019.

“But for reasons of some delay the work is going to commence only now; the project sum is N1. 4 billion with a completion period of 24 weeks.

“The second one is connected to the first because it is for the procurement and installation of security equipment around the fence.

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“The sum of the contract is N1.088 billion and the completion period is 24 weeks,’’ he said.

On the procurement of textbooks for early childhood care and development, the minister noted that the project also covers primary schools class one, two and three throughout the country.

“15 contractors won the contracts for N6.45 billion with a completion period of six weeks.’’

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