Amidst extension of ASUU strike, Buhari approves N2bn to purchase vehicles

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved over N2 billion for the procurement of operational vehicles by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after at the weekly virtual FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Aregbesola, the vehicles to be procured include 27 Buffalo double cabin vans, 15 Toyota Hilux vans and 10 ambulance busses.

The development is coming days after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has roll over its site that started on February 14, 2022 by three months after the federal government had failed to accede to the union demands.

Highlight of the union demands include improvement of welfare for its members, revitalisation of public universities and academic autonomy among others.

The statement partly reads: “The Federal Executive Council today approved for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), 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.”

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