N5b For Rehabilitation Of UN Building

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The
Federal Government yesterday approved N5.1billion for the rehabilitation and
reconstruction of sections of the United Nations building that was destroyed by
suicide bomb attacks in 2011. The
terrorist group, Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for the bombing. The
contract was awarded to Julius Berger with a 16-month period.

Minister
of Information Labaran Maku said this at the end of the weekly Federal
Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice-President Namadi Sambo.

Maku
said: “The UN building is very strategic to Nigeria, it ensures that most UN
agencies operating within the West African sub-region are located here in our
country. It has offered employment opportunities to Nigerians .
“Because
it is the headquarters here in our country, the various development
opportunities that its department offered have been highly maximised.”
He
said the intervention for the reconstruction of the UN building is part of the
present administration’s commitment to support the organisation’s operation .
“Since
the incident, most agencies under the UN were provided temporary accommodation
in different locations across the city.”
Minister
of the Federal Capital Territory Senator Bala Mohammed said the project will
create goodwill for the country.
Besides,
he said the contract is in line with the promise made by the Federal Government
to assume responsibility for the reconstruction of the building.
He
praised the various government agencies which provided temporary accommodation
for the various departments of the UN.
Source:
The Nation

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