The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N5.567 billion for the 3rd Quarter Soil Erosion Control Accelerated Intervention in six states.
This was revealed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, when he briefed State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja after the FEC meeting.
Adesina, conducting the briefing alongside the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Audu Ogbeh; and the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, gave the names of the benefiting states as Kano, Bayelsa, Sokoto, Ondo, Osun and Enugu state.
He revealed that the Council also approved N165 million for the production of improved 30,000 tonnes of foundation seeds for maize by the Institute of Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Ogbeh disclosed that the council discussed the menace of food smuggling along unauthorised and illegal routes in the country, saying that five billion dollars was being lost to smugglers by the country, annually.
Also, Sirika told the correspondents that the Council has approved the Bilateral Air Service Agreement between Nigeria and Canada.