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March 26, 2020

FG Committed To Development Of Education Through Provision Of Quality Infrastructure – Fashola

The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN Tuesday reaffirmed the commitment of the Federal Government to the development of education in the country through the provision of quality infrastructure, saying it remains a vital means to impact quality in that sector.

Fashola, who spoke while handing over two kilometres rehabilitated internal roads and a paved parking lot to the Kaduna Polytechnics, said the Buhari administration also chose to invest in infrastructure renewal in the education sector in order  to improve the learning environment in the tertiary institutions pointing out that the various feedbacks from the students of those institutions testify to the positive impact on the sector.

The 2.0 kilometre road project includes: Hamman Tukur Avenue, Yusuf Aboki Avenue, Abdullahi Crescent, Aminu Aliyu Close, Salisu Iliyasu Close, Yusuf Hassan roads and a roundabout  linking them.

The minister, who was represented by the Federal Controller of Works Kaduna State, Engr. Finbarr James declared, “It is un-debatable that the quality of education will be impacted by the quality of infrastructure and the learning environment and those who doubt it should simply listen to some of the feedbacks from students in the schools where this type of intervention has taken place.”

Fashola noted with delight that the gap of Nigeria’s infrastructure needs was steadily being bridged by a gradual process of repair, renewal and construction on major highways and it has reached schools. He  added that aside the impact in schools the project also generated employment for people thereby contributing to the job creation initiatives of the Federal Government.

Urging the academic community to take ownership of the infrastructure and ensure that they are carefully utilized in order to last their lifespan, Fashola promised that Federal Government would continue to intervene in education, explaining that the intervention by Federal Government would improve the ambience and environment of Federal Tertiary Institutions to enhance academic activities.

The Rector of Kaduna Polytechnics, Professor Idris Bugaje, expressed gratitude to the Federal Government and the Minister of Works and Housing for the intervention recalling that he met all the infrastructure in dilapidated state when he came to the institution. He added that with this intervention the institution had been able to repair most of the roads in the main campus and a few ones outside.

He told the audience at the brief ceremony, “When I came here in October 2017 the Kaduna Polytechnics was in very bad shape. The roads, the buildings, all the infrastructure had  dilapidated.

We have also been able to do the pavement of the campus parking lot et cetera.”

“So we are most grateful to the Minister of Works and Housing”, he said, appealing to the minister  that because the Polytechnics operates multi-campuses, the Federal Government should also intervene in the other campuses of the institution across Kaduna State.

In her remarks, the Kaduna Polytechnics Director of Works, Engr. Umm Kulthoom Aminu, also expressed gratitude to the Federal Government and the Minister of Works and Housing for including the Polytechnic in the on-going interventions pointing out that no regime in the country had ever dreamed of carrying out such intervention in the institution prior to the present one by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration

In an interview with newsmen, the director declared, “We are grateful to the Federal Government and the Minister. No other regime except this one has ever thought or looked at the tertiary institutions. And as you can see yourselves, our parking space is something we will be grateful for,  it will be here after this government and after other governments.”

She, however, pleaded with the minister for more interventions saying, “The Kaduna Polytechnics is a multi-campus institution. Aside this Main Campus in Tudun Wada, we have another campus in Baranawa, we call it College for Environmental Studies. We have another one in BYPASS, we call it College of Social Sciences. We have another campus, the College of Business and Management Studies  where we have our farm, demonstration farm in a village called Nariya.

According to her the small road leading to the farm needs rehabilitation due to the insecurity in the state, particularly the incidence of kidnapping and other crimes that occur along the road. She believes an intervention on the road would facilitate the movement of students to  and from the farm for practicals under a more secured environment.

The Welfare Officer of the Polytechnics’ Students Union Government, Mr. Isa Ibrahim, in his remarks also expressed “sincere appreciation to the Federal Government for deeming it fit to choose Kaduna Polytechnics as one of the tertiary institutions to touch in the on-going interventions across institutions in Nigeria”.

Ibrahim, who is in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Technology, said, “This is my five years here as far as this Polytechnics is concerned and nothing of this nature had happened. We thank the Federal Government for seeing the need to touch these roads and since the interventions, movement has been made a lot easier for pedestrians and vehicle owners within  the school campus including the lecturers and the students.”

In an interview with journalists the Controller of Works Kadun State, Engr.Finbarr James reiterated that the need for the interventions in the nation’s tertiary institutions by the Federal Government was a response to create a conducive learning environment and impact on the quality of education in the institutions. He added  that prior to the intervention in Kaduna Polytechnics the roads were in “a sorry state” with the walkways impassable in some areas.

“Those who drove at nights within the campus often got accidents, students got accidents at nights while going to classes, vehicles were having accidents. There is a roundabout there where there was not traffic lights, people drove any how even with the bad state of the place. It was and obvious problem and when we saw all these things we had to write to include this institution as one of those to benefit from the interventions.”

Fashola Delivers 3 Internal Rehabilitated Roads Of 1.80km To University Of Ibadan The Honourable Minster of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN has delivered  three internal rehabilitated roads of 1.80 kilometers by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing  to the management of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. The 1.80KM roads which were rehabilitated have asphalt overlay, construction of culvert and line drains within the tertiary institution.The roads include: Gongola 230 meters, Sokoto Crescent 560 meters and Amina Way 1,010 meters respectively. It could be recalled that the Federal Government under the 2017 and 2018 appropriation, procured 43 contracts respectively for the rehabilitation of internal roads in Federal Tertiary Institutions in the Six Geo-Political Zones nationwide and University of Ibadan is one of the beneficiaries in the first phase of the intervention. According to the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN who was represented by the Federal Controller of Works, Oyo State, Engineer Oladimeji Awopetu, during the official handing over ceremony, 18 out of the 43 internal roads project had been completed and were being handing over across the nation. The Minister added that the intervention was to bridge the gap of the schools infrastructure needs in learning, adding that students were expressing renewed enthusiasm with regard to attending classes, because some defective roads had been restored to motorability. “To date, 18 out of the 43 interventions have been completed and today we hand over this one in the University of Ibadan, Oyo State as a critical contribution to support education,”Fashola said. Earlier in his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka appreciated President Mohammadu Buhari and the Minister of Works & Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola,SAN for selecting the institution as part of the beneficiaries amongst many tertiary institutions in Nigeria. “For us to have been part of this intervention, we are very grateful, although, we have been doing some palliative repairs in the past but this time around, the Federal Government had surprised us by coming in a big way to fix these roads,”Prof. Olayinka said. The VC revealed that more internal roads of the institution were still yarning for urgent attention. He pleaded with the Federal Government to intervene in those roads as soon as the resources were available. The Director of Works, University of Ibadan, Engr. Adetolu Olufemi said the roads had been a major challenge before the rehabilitation. He thanked the Honourable Minister for the project most especially at this critical period where government resources were dwindling. Also, a student from the Department of European Studies, Adeyemi Ayomikun said that the intervention was a great relief, adding that there was reduced stress  for students moving from the hostels  to lecture rooms. Among the dignitaries present at the handing over ceremony were the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Prof. Kayode Olabode Adebowale, DVC Academics, Prof. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola, DVC Research Innovation & Strategies Partnership, Prof Olayinka Adeyemo, the University Bursar, Dr. Michael Akinade Alatise, Directorate of Public Communications, Mr. Olatunji Oladejo amongst others.  
March 25, 2020
Environmental And Other Factors Affecting Work On  Port Harcourt-Enugu,  Aba -Port Harcourt  Road- Fashola The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing,  Babatunde Raji Fashola,  SAN said what was delaying the completion of the Port Harcourt- Enugu, Aba-Port Harcourt highway were  environmental and other factors. Fashola stated this in Port Harcourt Rivers State  during an  inspection of the Port Harcourt - Enugu section of the highway. He said: "We must first remember that if you do not have water,  you cannot be a Port City. Essentially,  we are building on water. It is a very challenging environment for infrastructure, " he explained. He appealed to the host communities to be patient with  the Federal Government and show cooperation as Government was committed to providing bigger,  better,  wider and safer road for them. "As you can see, our plan is to deliver eight lanes from what was four lanes since we intend  to make our experience better this rainy season than last year." He added that though the work would  not finish this year,Government intended  to finish the four lanes,  divide the four lanes into two;  an incoming and out ward bound traffic that would facilitate free flow of traffic. According to the minister,  that would serve as a form of relief to commuters and other road users  as nine Kilometres of the road from  Eleme junction is in between Port Harcourt urban and metropolitan.  "It is another challenge as it is  already  a built up area, " he said. Speaking on why the road  construction was delayed,  Fashola stated, " A lot of sand filling is going on here,  the road is dug well over two metres and we have to remove the bad soil and replace it with good soil and this accounts for a lot of dredging work going on here." He also explained that part of the road was passing through already built area,  some buildings had to go as well as relocation of power lines.  "These are the challenges and the reasons this road is taking time to be built." Fashola further said that our experience this year would be better than last year. But he quickly called for the cooperation of commuters, communities, Local and State Governments to fast track  the construction of the road. "We expect people to cooperate with us.We expect  people not to park vehicles  on the construction sections because you obstruct traffic. Our highways are not parking lots" He directed  that any vehicle parked on any part of the construction sections of the highway should be  impounded.
March 23, 2020
Construction Of Port Harcourt– Enugu Express Highway Is On Course-Fashola The Honourable of Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, said the on-going expansion and upgrading work on the Port Harcourt– Enugu and the Aba – Port Harcourt Expressway  was  on course. He added that the nine kilometers from Eleme junction to the Imo River and four kilometers of the road to the railway crossing in Aba towards Port Harcourt were sections of the road  being expanded and upgraded from the 4 (four) existing lanes to 8 (eight) lanes so as to accommodate current and future traffic volumes and ease some level of intolerable discomfort especially during the rainy season. Fashola disclosed this during an inspection tour of the highway project in Port- Harcourt,  the Rivers State capital. According to the minister, the road would link the five States in the South -East Geopolitical Zone of the country. The highway has a total length of 41.4km starting from Aba Rail Crossing Bridge within Aba township in Abia state and will finally terminate at Eleme junction Flyover in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Fashola applauded the initiative of the construction company, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Nigeria Limited as it planned  to focus on the first 4 (four) lanes, finish that and put them in to use before reconstruction of the other 4 (four) lanes to reduce the long time spent in traffic by commuters and the community. “If people have two uninterrupted lanes, traffic may be slow but it will move, and therefore we can concentrate on finishing the remaining lanes. When we finish both, then we can have the full compliment of the 8 lane highway.” he said. Fashola said, “Our plan is to make this year better than last year and ultimately by next year, there will be no rainy season challenges because, we should have come out fully from this,”he added. The minister also disclosed that similar construction work had commenced at the Enugu and Okigwe axis of the highway project by different contractors to provide seamless traveling experience. Fashola directed that all vehicles parked at construction sites of highway projects should be impounded, adding that Federal government roads were not for parking lot. “Our highways are not parking lots, people who want to do business must create their own parking lots as well.’’ He urged local and state governments to mobilize their people to be alive to their civic responsibilities and cooperation, pointing out that community and personal hygiene were crucial  in this crisis of Coronavirus (Covid 19). "We must not waste the crisis that Covid-19 represents. It is an opportunity to improve on personal and community hygiene and sanitation such as putting an end to open urination and defecation,” Fashola advised. The Federal Controller of Works Rivers State, Engr. Johnson Fadire who conducted the minister, his team and journalists round the on-going  road construction project said the minister’s inspection was timely and that the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing would do the needful to make sure the road was completed and delivered at the right time. Engr. Fadire also commended the traditional rulers who prevailed on their subjects whose properties were demolished for the construction of the highway for agreeing to accept an initial payment of fifty percent for compensation on their demolished properties. Speaking earlier, the project manager of CCECC Nigeria Limited, Mr. Zou Xiaomei one of the contractors handling section IV of the project in Rivers State said although there were initial challenges on the project but with the support of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing most of the challenges were sorted out.
March 21, 2020
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February 19, 2020


March 4, 2020

FG’S Interventions In Tertiary Institutions Critical contribution To Education Sector – Fashola

* It was an excellent job done by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Says VC
* It is a welcome development that the roads are now motorable and enhancing easy movement of both staff and students-Lecturer
* Omah Mbah, Sociology Student, says, The roads are beautiful, motorable and neat. My friends and I have been taking pictures on the new road
* As Minister receives award for rehabilitation, reconstruction of 4 internal roads in BUK

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, Tuesday in Kano handed over four rehabilitated/reconstructed internal roads in Bayero University Kano to the authorities of the institution describing Federal Government’s interventions as critical contributions to support Education in the country.

Fashola, who was represented at the event by the Federal Controller of Works Kano State, Engr. Idi Saje said, “The gap of our infrastructure needs is steadily being bridged by a gradual process of repairs, renewal and construction on major highways and it has reached the schools.”

The Minister, who was later given an Award by the University Community for the intervention, declared “To date , 18 (Eighteen ) out of the 43 ( Forty three) interventions have been completed and today we hand over this one in Bayero University Kano, Kano State as a critical contribution to support education.”

While presenting the Award to the Minister on behalf of the University Community,  the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello, expressed their joy, saying that the road intervention would make their lives around the school bearable, resulting in spending less on transportation, reduction in airborne diseases and stress of moving around. He added that it would also enhance regular attendance of classes, less discomfort on the roads while fatalities would be reduced completely.

The Vice Chancellor, who said it was a great pleasure to receive the roads on behalf of the University, added that the roads were properly constructed with drainages. He declared, “It was an excellent job done by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and we assure the Honourable Minister that the roads will be well used and maintained”.

Speaking earlier, the Director Physical Planning Unit of Bayero University Kano, Q.S Muhammad Gazzali, who represented the institution in supervising the project attested to the high quality of the roads, adding that they would stand the test of time.

The representative of the contractors that handled the projects, a staff of Views Tours Nigeria Ltd, Engr. Abideen Abdulazeez thanked the Honourable Minister for adequate funding of the project.

A Professor of Pharmacy in Bayero University Kano, Prof. Chedi Bashir, described the intervention as “a welcome development that the roads are now motorable and enhancing easy movement of both staff and students”.

A Sociology student from the Social Science Faculty of Bayero University, Omah Mbah expressed her joy over the rehabilitated roads. She said the roads are beautiful, motorable and neat. She added, “ My friends and I have been taking pictures on the new roads." She commended the Minister and the Federal Government for the wonderful road projects.

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February 19, 2020

Text Delivered By H.E, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN At The Commissioning Of Woodhill Estate Under Akacare Cooperatives, And Flag-Off Of Cooperative Housing Development, Kuje, FCT, Abuja

Welcome one and all to the commissioning of Woodhill Estate of AKACARE Cooperative Housing Scheme and the flag-off of our cooperative housing initiative, one of the series that will happen in each of the six (6) geo-political zones of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory.

One of the NEXT LEVEL commitments of the Federal Government of Nigeria as declared by President Buhari at the ministerial retreat held in September 2019, is to deepen access of Nigerians to affordable housing and consumer credit.

This is a mandate item of the housing sector of the Ministry of Works and Housing; as the policymaking arm of government, and we have assigned the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) a parastatal of the Ministry of Works and Housing, the implementation responsibility for executing our policy of PARTNERSHIPS with cooperatives.

For those who may wonder, why cooperatives? The answer is simple.

By definition, co-operatives are "an autonomous association of persons united VOLUNTARILY to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned enterprise.”

The key word in that definition is the "voluntary" nature of cooperatives, and this is critical in the formulation of our policy of partnerships with cooperatives as a means of overcoming the problems of "Acceptability" and affordability that stand in the way of access to housing.

This is important because our experiences, our investigations and our observations reveal starkly that there are hundreds of thousands of empty and unoccupied houses in major cities across Nigeria.

They are empty and unoccupied because they are either over-built, in being too big, or under-built in being too small and therefore not acceptable to those who need them, because in many instances no consultation took place between the builders and the consumers they built for.

This is why we are undertaking a pilot scheme based on our studies to build in 34 states who provided land, what the people we consulted said they will find acceptable.

Because of the lack of consultation and acceptability problem, the problem of affordability creeps in.

Our policy development team finds the voluntary nature of cooperatives very useful because members will be expected to design and build according to their needs and their income, as they find affordable.

Co-operatives have traditionally proved to be successful in areas like transportation, agriculture, trade and commerce, market associations and amongst large groups in the informal sector.

It is these large members of the informal sector that we seek to reach, scale up constructions of houses and the multiplier effects on the economy for cottage industries who make building materials like paint, doors, roofing materials, nails, and electrical fittings to mention a few.

The scale of construction by voluntary associations is expected to ramp up employment and income for artisans who will build houses. This will be our contribution to President Buhari’s commitment to raise a hundred million out of poverty in a decade.

As in other sectors, when cooperatives have been successful, we can point to modest successes of partnerships by FMBN with some cooperatives in the formal sector that currently has 52 housing projects under construction to deliver 4,624 units in 2020.

It is this number, that the policy we flag-off today seeks to multiply in many fold by unleashing the power of cooperatives and empower their voluntary will to act together in pursuit of the common desire to access housing and credit.

In order to be eligible, cooperatives must be registered, they must acquire their own land, get title to it, seek and obtain a building permit from the governments of the respective states where their land is located.

This last requirement is instructive because it seeks to eliminate incidents of unapproved buildings and slums which governments later seek to demolish.

All the state government agencies in charge of land have been duly briefed at the National Council launch meeting held in Abuja on November 7th 2019.

The Mandate and the role of the FMBN is to then provide construction funding to the cooperatives to build the houses, and to provide mortgage finance to the individual members to buy the house and pay back in instalments at a rate not exceeding 10% per annum.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the sum and substance of the policy and partnerships that bring us to Kuje, in the FCT today because AKACARE cooperative has embraced this NEXT LEVEL initiative to deepen access to housing and consumer credit.

It is therefore my honour and pleasure to flag off this cooperative partnership in the hope that it will quickly spread to other states in this Geo political zone.

As every cooperative chooses what it desires and can afford, the FMBN, representing the Federal Government of Nigeria will be your partner, providing financial support to enable you to act voluntarily to choose and build what you accept and your income can afford.

On behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government of Nigeria, I commission this Housing Estate and flag off this co-operative development away from poverty and towards common prosperity.

Thank You.

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Honourable Minister of Works and Housing

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March 14, 2020


The Hon Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola SAN the Hon Minister of State Engr Abubakar D Aliyu FNSE Director Highway Construction and Rehabilitation Engr Yemi Oguntominiyi Federal Controller of Works Nasarawa State staff and members of the press at the inspection tour of Loko Oweto Bridge in Nasarawa Benue State by Messrs RCC Ltd on the 13th of March 2020

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March 21, 2020


Hon Minister of Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN left and Governor of Rivers State Ezenwo Nyesom Wike right during a courtesy visit to the Government House Port Harcourt shortly after the inspection of the Reconstruction of Enugu Port Harcourt Expressway Section lV Aba Port Harcourt in Rivers and Abia States by the Hon Minister on Thursday 19th March 2020

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