About N495m has been approved by the Federal Executive Council for the procurement and installation of luggage scanners at railway stations located in Abuja, Kaduna and Kano states.
Ademola Adegoroye, the Minister of State for Transportation, who made the declaration on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council meeting, explained that it was meant to enhance security of lives and property at the railway facilities.
According to him, “The devices to be deployed at railway stations in Idu, Rigassa, Kubwa, Jere, Kano and Kaduna include eight colour imaging x-rays, eight body scanners walk through metal detectors and 50 handheld scanners for an effective security network.”
He said that in view of the process of security of lives and property, such equipment has to be installed at the railway stations, saying that since they are starting the railway revolution, they are trying to put in place a lot of things.
He added that the federal government does not want people to come and damage all that the government has been trying to put in place in that sector.
The Minister said that a 10-year concession to Messrs Arcuff to carry out two-way services at Lekki Deep Seaport and Dangote Jetty for optimal performance has been approved by the Federal Executive Council.
Adegoroye assured that the company would carry out towing services so that ship berthing and discharge of goods would be easier in the two ports.