FG Begins Immediate Repairs On Sections Affected By Flooding In Five States
* Others to receive attention soon.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN Tuesday directed the immediate Emergency Repairs on Sections where failure had occurred due to flooding caused by heavy rainfall in five states across the country.
Fashola who gave the directive at a briefing meeting in Abuja named the roads for immediate intervention to include Ibadan – Ife Road, Gombe – Bauchi Road, Gombe – Darazo; Bauchi – Ningi, Bida – Lambata, and Tsamiya bridge in Jigawa State, also assured of continuous attention to other roads with similar problems.
The Minister said that the Federal government is committed to infrastructure development and will respond promptly to complaints from citizens.
He however, appealed to commuters to be patient with the government as the excessive rains being witnessed has negative effect on road construction and rehabilitation.
He expressed his Ministry’s commitment to do all within its means to ease the hardship of commuters.
The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing welcomes you to the 27th Meeting of the National Council on Works. Theme : Infrastructure Delivery, The Maintenance Economy and National Prosperity
FG Assures Motorists Of Commitment To Road Infrastructure
The Federal Government has assured the Public of its commitment to infrastructure development in the country, adding that all roads affected by flash floods are noted and are receiving required attention.
Speaking in the Ministry after receiving an interim report of on- the -spot assessment of the Abuja -Lokoja flash flood and the bridge in Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State, The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing Babangida Hussaini, stated that the Ministry was looking into all the issues of flooding on the nation’s roads
On the Abuja -Lokoja road , he said the flash flood at the weekend was caused by excessive rain and that as soon as the rain subsided , the flood receded, and the road has been opened to traffic since Saturday.
On the bridge in Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State the Permanent Secretary noted the prompt response of Jigawa State by diverting traffic to an alternative route and commenced repair works on the bridge immediately, he therefore commended the state governments and the stakeholders for their efforts in supporting Mr. President’s commitment to road and infrastructure development.
He assured the Jigawa State Government of the Ministry’s technical support as at when needed. He said the professionals in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing are always available to provide technical support to states in all the roads and bridges construction activities.
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 ONGOING RECONSTRUCTION, REHABILITATION AND EXPANSION OF THE LAGOS -IBADAN EXPRESSWAY(SECTION II: SHAGAMU INTERCHANGE - IBADAN) AT THE FORMER TOLL GATE IBADAN
A view of the ongoing Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Expansion of the Lagos -Ibadan Expressway (Section II: Shagamu Interchange - Ibadan) from the former Toll Gate Ibadan during an inspection visit by the Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN on Wednesday, 15th September 2021.INSET: Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (right) speaking with journalists shortly after the inspection of the ongoing Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Expansion of the Lagos -Ibadan Expressway (Section II: Shagamu Interchange - Ibadan) at the former Toll Gate Ibadan on Wednesday, 15th September 2021.
FASHOLA INSPECTS THE DAMAGED FLYOVER AT OGUNMAKIN, ALAPAKO ALONG LAGOS - IBADAN EXPRESSWAY (SECTION II: SHAGAMU INTERCHANGE - IBADAN)
DAMAGED BY A RECKLESS DRIVER ... Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN stops over to inspect the Ogunmakin, Alapako Flyover damaged by the driver of a lowbed truck conveying an excavator higher than the headroom of the Bridge during an inspection of the ongoing Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Expansion of the Lagos -Ibadan Expressway (Sections I and II: Lagos - Shagamu and Shagamu Interchange - Ibadan) on Wednesday, 15th September 2021.