The federal government has approved the sum of N3.4 billion for the procurement of a surveillance aircraft for the Nigeria Customs Service.
This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, while speaking with newsmen at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said, “The Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning presented a couple of memos for which approvals were obtained.
“The first one was for the award of contract for the procurement of a Cessna Caravan aircraft by the Nigerian Customs in the sum of N3,447,442,710 inclusive of 7.5 per cent VAT with a delivery period of 12 months.”
Agba explained that the aircraft will help a lot in carrying out air surveillance as well as curb the activities of smugglers.
“This aircraft is an addition to the current fleet in the Customs Service and it is aimed towards combating smuggling activities and enhancing intelligence gathering.
“It is also to provide aerial surveillance and reconnaissance for the Customs across our borders,” he added.