The Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday approved a N665.2 million variation for contracts to boost poultry farming in Borno, Plateau, Yobe and Zamfara states.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Farouk disclosed this to State House correspondents at the weekly FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
She said the poultry programme was in support of victims affected by conflicts in 2019 in the four states .
She said the variation was meant to address current changes in prices of poultry equipment, since the scheme was approved two years ago.
“Today, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development presented a memo to the council on behalf of the National Emergency Management Agency, seeking approval for the revised estimated cost for contracts for the procurement of poultry equipment for Borno, Plateau, Yobe and Zamfara States.
“This memo was earlier approved at FEC meeting of Wednesday 20th March 2019. That contract was awarded then but due to COVID-19 and the rise in prices, the contract was not executed because the contractors said they could not do so because of the increase in prices so we had to go back to the Bureau for Public Procurement BPP for variation; which we got and now we have come to Council and graciously, we got its approval.
“The variation approved is in the sum of N324, 716, 836 and N340, 525, 086, totalling N665, 241, 922, representing a 4.87% increase on the original contract sum,” she said.