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The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has approved the total sum of ₦24 billion for the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) for the execution of a smart modular irrigation project.
The Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, Professor Mohammed Sani Haruna made this disclosure on Friday after a private meeting with the President at the State House in Abuja.
The NASENI boss told State House correspondents that he was in the Villa to brief the President on the activities of the agency as well as present the agency’s financial report as requested by Buhari.
He revealed that the agency has begun the manufacturing of made-in-Nigeria helicopters and experts have been trained for mass production of the helicopters.
President Buhari had in 2021 approved that one percent of the federation allocation be allocated to NASENI to fund the agency’s activities and engineering innovations.
In a related development, in an apparent response to the challenging security situation in the President Buhari led-Federal Government of Nigeria has promised to include the security of schools in the 2023 budget.
While making comments at the safe-school summit organised by the Emergency Coordination Center in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said, ‘In 2023 budget, we will make sure we make specific budget to support financing of safety of our schools.’
She pointed out that the Federal Government would also be doing its best to encourage states to make specific commitments to the safety of schools.
She noted that consultation were underway with states, local governments and critical stakeholders to identify the most transparent, effective and accountable ways of mobilising and deploying resources.