FG approves N26.7bn for ICT, water, digital switch-over projects

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved contracts worth over N26.7 billion for projects of the ministries of Information and Culture; Communications and Digital Economy, and Water Resources.

The approval was given at the FEC meeting yesterday, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Council Chamber of Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, told journalists after the meeting that N8.4 billion was approved for his ministry for the implementation of Damaturu water supply scheme.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, said the Council approved about N8.9 billion for a new National ICT Park in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to coordinate public and private ICT hubs in the country.

Pantami said the government would soon release the timeline for the harmonisation of the Bank Verification Numbers, (BVN), with the National Identity Number, (NIN), in bank accounts.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, also said the FEC gave approval for the sum of about N9.43 billion to complete the digital switch-over, which had previously missed the deadline set for implementation.

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