Nigeria / Cameron Border Bridge Will Facilitate International Trade- Fashola
The completed border bridge at Mfum community between Nigeria and Cameroun and the Ikom bridge will facilitate international trade between the two countries when inaugurated.
The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing,Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN made the remark while inspecting the two -lane bridge over the Cross River at the Cameroun and the Nigeria new Border at Ekok /Mfum and the new Ikom Bridge in Cross River State.
“This is the A-4 Axis coming from Calabar to Maiduguri through Ogoja to Katsina-Ala. So you will expect more volume of trade. And it is no accident that Cross River State bears its name. It is actually the River that named the state. That River opens to the sea and the Gulf of Guinea. And so high impact on international trade is expected”, he said.
Fashola also said, "We have had very strong relationship with Cameroun in terms of trade and business and if you go to Aba, Enugu, Abakaliki, for example, this is the route that facilitates trade, agro produce, merchandise, manufactured goods from Aba in Abia State.''
The Minister explained that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration's strategy of planning and execution of infrastructure projects was yielding results through successful completion.
“This is a very strategic infrastructure to take Nigeria to the future for many more decades to facilitate relationship between brothers and sisters in Cameroun and Nigeria and to strengthen the bond of relationship in a joint development with the Republic of Cameroun and Nigeria.” Fashola said, adding that ‘’We are now entering the season of completion of infrastructure projects.”
The Minister while speaking with journalists after inspecting both the Nigeria /Cameron Joint Border Bridge at Mfom /Ekot and the New Ikom Bridge at Ikom in Cross River State noted that these bridges would increase the prosperity of the people, facilitate hundreds of jobs, movement of agro produce and manufactured goods, joint border patrol that would lead to security efficiency and position both nations to take the benefit of the free trade zone agreement.
Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade who was represented by the State Commissioner for Works, Engr. Dane Osimasu at the sites of the inspection said the Minister is a conceptualizer , implementor and committed to road development in the state. He assured the Honourable Minister that counterpart funding from the state would always be provided where it is necessary in infrastructure development projects.
The Director Highway Bridges and Design Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Engr. Emmanuel Adeoye said during the inspection of Ikom bridge, "The project was awarded in October 2018 and it is due to finish by 7th November, 2021."
The Director said, "The rate at which the contractor is working, by the end of October it should be finished. Right now as we speak, the job is 92% completed, with the time lapse of 68%. We are moving faster than the scheduled time, so by end of October we should be done with the bridge."
According to him "the Road Lane Marking has also been done.
The Federal Controller of Works in Cross River State, Engr. Bassey Nsentip disclosed that several road projects were progressing without hitches in the State.
The Executive Chairman of Etung Local Government Council Cross River State, Hon. Nkom Etuk praised the Ministry of Works and Housing for the remarkable job done on the bridges.
The Ajassor Community Representative, Hon. Victor Njor said the border bridge has enhanced joint border patrol linking Cameroun and Nigeria within their community and the people shall come out en mass when the bridge will be inaugurated soon.
The border bridge between Nigeria and Cameroun is funded by the African Development Bank while the Ikom bridge is through the Sukuk bond.
The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing welcome you to the 9th Meeting of the National Council on Lands, Housing and Urban Development with theme : Housing Delivery in the COVID-19 Era and Beyound: The Strategies for affordability and Accessibility.
Federal Ministry Works & Housing Sets Up Ministerial And Departmental Task Team To Enforce Covid-19 Protocols
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry Works and Housing, Babangida Hussaini has given a strong warning to those violating the Covid 19 Prevention protocols in the Ministry to desist from such or stay away from the Ministry.
The Permanent Secretary gave the warning earlier today while inaugurating a Ministerial and Departmental Task Team on Covid-19.
Mr. Babangida said that the Task Team was to ensure compliance with prescribed preventive measures and curtailing the spread of Covid-19 Virus, adding that every aspect of Covid-19 control mechanism and crowd control must be adopted and enforced.
He also urged the newly inaugurated Task Team to generate massive awareness campaign on the consequences of the breach of prescribed Covid-19 preventive Protocols and put in place adequate sanctions against violators.
The Permanent Secretary noted with concern the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the last few weeks and charged the team to save the government from unnecessary expenses associated with uncontrolled spread of the pandemic, adding that lives of Nigerians are considered very important by the government.
He ordered that henceforth, the team should monitor staff’ and visitors’ compliance to the protocols and punish offenders to deter others.
He therefore, directed that patrol along the corridor in the Ministry should be ramped up and that a reporting template should be put up as well as activating all sanitary facilities within the Ministry.
The Committee which was a ten- man team was chaired by the Ministry’s Director Human Resource Management, Mr. Umar Abdullahi Utono
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER ON THE COMMISSIONING OF DESIGN AND INSTALLATION OF SOLAR PV AND MICRO-GRID POWER SYSTEM FOR FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING, MABUSHI, ABUJA, ON TUESDAY, 6TH JULY, 2021
Your Excellency Mr. President, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of my colleague, the Honourable Minister of State for Works and Housing, Engineer Abubakar D. Aliyu, the serving and previous Permanent Secretaries, serving and previous directors and members of staff of the Ministry of Works and Housing, I am delighted to welcome you to this commissioning ceremony.
This project was approved by the Federal Executive Council on the 20th March 2019 at the time when the Ministry of Power was part of Works and Housing. I express our Ministry's appreciation to members of the Federal Executive Council who voted to entrust our Ministry with this project.
What we have delivered, based on the mandate of the Federal Executive Council, is a 1.52 MegaWatts Solar System that will provide uninterrupted power supply to 5 blocks housing the Ministry of Works and Housing and Ministry of Environment and Lands.
This project employed 382 artisans and 176 skilled workers throughout its duration, in fulfilment of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of creating jobs.
It would see to the reduction of average diesel consumption from 764,248 litres per annum to 166,825 litres per annum and cost saving of NGN270,945,000 over 20 years and contribute towards the reduction of government operational expenses and reduction of recurrent expenditure.
It has led to the upgrade and retrofitting of our electrical appliances by replacing 400 old Air-conditioning units with 400 new inverter-based energy efficient Air-conditioning units and replacing 2600 old light fittings with energy efficient LED ones all of which are energy saving because they consume 40% less energy.
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Our contract engages 5 (Five) STEM candidates to work throughout the solar PV lifecycle of this project in the following roles:
a. Two (2) candidates got trained in engineering design;
b. Two (2) candidates got trained in project construction;
c. One candidate got trained in engineering project management.
With this investment we have built our own Mini-Grid, in consonance with our Administration’s policy to promote off grid option, thereby making more of the on-grid power available to ordinary Nigerians who cannot afford the cost of investing in off-grid power.
To our contractor, I express deep appreciation for the efficient execution and more importantly for the sacrifice to complete this project in spite of the wide disparity between the foreign exchange rates in 2019 when the project was awarded and now, notwithstanding high importation costs of the parts.
Permit me sir, to also acknowledge two young people who were part of this project at different stages from inception to completion.
Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi and Engr. Femi Akinyelure, whom your Excellency appointed to the Rural Electrification Agency both of whom, with their colleagues, were involved in the energy audit and design of this project.
They represent the positive impact of youth involvement in public service; and of course, I cannot forget Engr. Julius Olurinola, our Director of Engineering Services, whose role I liken to that of a midwife, supervising, monitoring and reporting the progress of this project from incubation to delivery.
All I need now say is that other government buildings can follow this path and our team will be most enthusiastic to provide the support, and share our experiences and lessons learned, working with the Ministry of Power.
Your Excellency Mr. President, I have the pleasure to now invite you sir, to perform the official commissioning of the 1.52 MegaWatts Solar Power project to provide uninterrupted power to your staff in the Ministry of Works and Housing and Environment to improve their working conditions.
Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Honourable Minister of Works and Housing
FASHOLA INSPECTS THE NEW IKOM BRIDGE IN IKOM, CROSS RIVER STATE
A view of the New Ikom Bridge built by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari during an inspection visit by the Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN on Monday 26th July 2021. On the left is the old Steel truss Bridge built 50 years ago in 1971. INSET: The Hon. Minister of Works & Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN(right) speaking with journalists shortly after the inspection of the New Ikom Bridge in Ikom, Cross River State on Monday, 26th July 2021.
BOSS MUSTAPHA, FASHOLA, ADAMU, OYEGUN, OTHERS AT THE SPECIAL BUSINESS HALLMARK TOWNHALL MEETING ON INFRASTRUCTURE IN ABUJA
Special Guest of Honour and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha (middle), Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN (left), his Water Resources counterpart, Engr. Suleiman Adamu(right), former Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Chairman of the event, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun (2nd right) and Chairman, Business Hallmark Public Policy Forum, Chief Marc Wabara(2nd left) in a group photograph shortly after the Special TownHall Meeting with the theme,'' Nigeria Infrastructure Revolution: Road to a New Future", organized by the Business Hallmark Public Policy Forum at the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Centre, Abuja on Thursday, 29th July 2021.