The Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of N718.6 million for the supply of one mobile security scanner at the Lagos Port Complex.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, briefed State House correspondents on behalf of the Minister of Transportation after FEC meeting on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The FEC meeting was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Mohammed said that the scanner would boost security at the port as well as attract more revenue.
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“The Ministry of Transportation presented a memo for approval for the award of contract for the supply of one mobile security scanner at the Lagos Port Complex.
“The contract is worth N718.6 million; the purpose of this memo is to supply this scanner which will enhance security at the Lagos Port Complex.
“Hitherto, many vessels have refused to berth at the Lagos Port because they have not been too satisfied with the level of security.
“With this installation of this scanner, it going to enhance security at the airport; and will enhance revenue because more ships will now be willing to come to berth at the Apapa complex.’’
Mohammed also fielded questions on the Federal Government’s move to check fake news and hate speech.
He said that fake news and hate speech presented clear and imminent danger to the unity of Nigeria especially given the multi-value, multi-religious and multi-ethnic nature of Nigeria.
According to him, the campaign which has the support of many traditional media organisations has succeeded largely in bringing to the front burner of national discourse, the issue of fake news and hate speech.
He said however that rather than abate, the cancer of fake news had been growing worse by the day as it got to a climax just before and during the last general elections.