President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Friday, preside over a ‘special’ Federal Executive Council meeting to deliberate solely on the 2019 draft budget proposal.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, Femi Adesina, made the announcement on Wednesday while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Council’s meeting.
Adesina stated that Friday’s Special FEC meeting would approve the 2019 draft budget for onward submission to the National Assembly for vetting and approval.
Also speaking at the briefing, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed that the council approved N551.810 million for the award of the national freight office contract in Jibia, Katsina State.
He explained that national freight office is always located at the border post, adding that the contract will be executed within 36 weeks.
According to him, “We awarded the national freight office in Jibia for the sum of N551,810,060 million and the contract is to last to 36 weeks.
You know that the national freight office is usually located at border post. So, the border post between Katsina and Niger Republic. That is where it is located.”
He said that by next year the federal government would encourage those who transport by trucks between Lagos and Ibadan to use the rail.
We believe that before the end of June, we will start running from January but, we may not be able to carry enough cargo, we will be able to do that by June/July. At that point, most of the trucks carrying cargo going to Ibadan must be on the rail so, that we can save the Lagos/Ibadan road.”