The Federal Executive Council has approved over N2billion for the procurement of operational vehicles to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the disclosure to journalists after the virtual FEC meeting, held on Wednesday, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Aregbesola, who briefed reporters alongside his colleagues, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; and the Minister of State for Power, Jeddy Agba; said that the vehicles to be procured included 27 Buffalo double cabin vans, 15 Toyota Hilux vans and 10 ambulance buses.
He stressed that “The Federal Executive Council today (Wednesday) approved for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, also known as Civil Defence, the sum of N2,024,935,000 only for the purchase of 52 operational vehicles broken down in this order: 27 Buffalo double cabin MT 2021 model, 15 Toyota Hilux 4 wheel drive, premium package 2020 model and 10 Toyota Hiace ambulance buses with full option, totalling 52 vehicles in all.”
According to him, the vehicles would be bought to enhance the capacity of the NSCDC to combat crimes as well as the protection of lives and property across Nigeria.
On the openness of the contract bids to local contractors, he said, “It was an open bidding and I think I saw some of our local manufacturers bid. They bid and the best and most responsive bids won the contract.”