Just a week to its valedictory session which is supposed to come up on May 20, the Federal Executive council is still awarding contracts
At its weekly meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the council on Wednesday, committed the incoming administration to spending N31.045bn on projects that are expected to be completed in the next 18 to 24 months
The Council also approved the provisional license for establishment of the Mairtime University, Okerenkoko Delta state
Perhaps what would have impacted most positively on the ordinary Nigerian was the approval of the report of the Ministerial Implementation Committee on Harmonisation of Taxes and Levies Across the Federation as it is supposed to tackle the menace of multiple taxation by various tiers of government. But also that would be left for the incoming administration to implement
The new administration is inheriting two road projects in Bayelsa state the Zarama/Okodia/Biseni road project estimated to cost N5.923bn and the Amasoma Igbedi road still in Bayelsa state valued at N2.767bn
The other two projects are the Agadagba Akotogbo Iyasa Ovia river road in Ondo state which will be completed at the cost of N15.68bn and the Afape/Ovia ideze Uzoro road with a spur from Urie Ada road in Delta state valued at N6.675bn
But with all these new additions, there are questions on what has happened to the East West Road which despite being the flagship project of the Ministry of the Niger Delta.
Meanwhile the Ministry of the Interior got in on the approvals as its memo for renewal of the contract for the production of 10 million Nigerian international e-passports over the next 4 years was given the nod by the cabinet
Also on Wednesday, the Council of Ministers approved the revised National Policy on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, with a view to boosting employment creation and poverty alleviation.
Of course what cannot be disputed that that the final stamp of authenticity for all approvals this Wednesday resides with the incoming administration barely 2 weeks away.