FG To Spend N6bn On 13m Identity Smart Cards

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The
Federal Government, yesterday, approved N6.4 billion for the importation of 13
million smart cards for registration of Nigerians under the new identity
management system.
It
also approved N4.34 billion for the purchase of two sets of modern five-Car
Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) each with the capacity of 540 passengers and an
additional six 60-seater air-conditioned passenger coaches for intra-city rail
mass transit services.
In
addition, it has concluded arrangement to open the Kano- Lagos standard rail
line before this year’s Christmas celebration.

This
was disclosed at the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) briefing by Special
Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati. At the
briefing with him were Ministers of FCT, Health, Transport, Communications
Technology and Ministers of State for Power, Works and Foreign Affairs.

N13
billion has also been approved by President Jonathan to clear debts owed some
of Nigeria’s foreign missions, according to Minister of State for Foreign
Affairs, Mrs Viola Onwuliri.
Onwuliri
said she briefed FEC of a landmark diplomatic agreement between Venezuela and
Nigeria to allow transit and 90-day stay for holders of official and diplomatic
passports of both countries.
Source:
Leadership

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