FG Reaffirms Commitment to Completing Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
.... As works on the 127 kilometre road progresses appreciably
The ongoing rehabilitation, reconstruction and expansion of Lagos -Ibadan dual carriage way has reached an appreciable level of completion and the Federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to completing it on schedule.
This was disclosed by Engr. Funsho Adebiyi, the Director Highways Construction and Rehabilitation of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing during the on-going visit to the project site over the weekend to assess the progress of work done.
On the quality of work on the project, the Director said, "We are satisfied with the quality of work going on and we are working to increase the pace of the work. You can see that work is going on simultaneously on all sections of the dual carriage 127 km Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. "
Adebiyi explained that the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is one of the busiest roads in Nigeria and pointed out that it is a trunk A road located in the South-West region of Nigeria.
Adebiyi further explained that because of the strategic importance of the road which connects the Northern, Southern and Eastern parts of Nigeria, the Federal government would do all that is necessary to see that the project is completed on time.
"The project is a strategic infrastructure development of Mr. President in bridging the Infrastructure gap of the nation and this demonstrated that the present administration is poised to developing our highways," he said.
Speaking on the traffic gridlock that occurred in the early hours of Saturday, the Director explained that it was caused by break down of vehicle and not by the ongoing construction work.
He therefore appealed to drivers to be patient and to ensure that their vehicles are in good condition before they make use of the road.
On the level of work done so far, the Director of Highways South-West, Engr. Kuti Adedamola said: "We have made a lot of progress. You can see that works on the two sections are going on simultaneously, 35km of the 47km of Section l has been covered giving us about 49.6 percent completion level, while 55.39 kilometers of the 84km of Section II has been covered as well giving us about 56.8 percent completion level."
On the quality of work, Engr. Kuti said, “I am impressed with the level of work going on. You can see progress made when compared to the last time we visited. Work has been progressed in the two sections of the expressway. "
He further explained that Federal Government was committed to deliver the project on time for the benefit of road users.
Speaking on the scope of work, Ogun State Federal Controller of Works, Engr. Umar Bakare stated that the scope involved rehabilitation and widening of the existing expressway, drainage works and provision of expansion joints, hand rails on bridges.
He added that the scope will cover repairs of existing bridges and construction of new ones as well as building of toll plaza and installation of street lights.
Fashola Didn’t Speak At Any Event in Wuse 2
* Minister’s Media Office urges public to be wary of the antics of impostors
The Media Office of the Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN has dismissed as pure fabrication, a poorly written Press Release by one Ichie Daniel Ezeobi which he claimed to be a report from an event that took place in Wuse 2, Abuja.
Ezeobi who falsely claimed to be a media consultant to the “Federal Ministry of Works” had stated in the Press Release, circulated through the social media, that Mr. Fashola SAN spoke at a “public hearing lecture” in Wuse 2, Abuja where he allegedly cautioned a Senator and some Representatives from Anambra State for “taking credit for Federal Government sponsored projects/programs” to advance their political aspirations.
In a Press Release signed by the Special Adviser, Communications to the Hon. Minister, Mr. Hakeem Bello, the Media Office explained that the Minister spoke at no such event in Wuse 2 and the Ministry of Works and Housing organized no such strange event called a *“public hearing lecture’’.*
It also noted that the Ministry has no Media Consultant called Ichie Daniel Ezeobi and implored members of the public and the Press – Print, Electronic and Digital - to be wary of the antics of impostors like Daniel Ezeobi.
Special Adviser, Communications
To the Hon. Minister
12th January, 2021
Roads: Our Intervention in Tertiary Institutions, Renews Students Class Attendance Enthusiasm - Fashola
Works and Housing Minister, His Excellency, Babatunde Raji Fashola , SAN has said that the road intervention programme of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in tertiary institutions nationwide has boosted Students class attendance enthusiasm
Fashola said, “Currently, there are 43 number road interventions within tertiary Institutions across Nigeria, and the Students are expressing renewed enthusiasm with regards to attending classes, because some defective roads, have been restored to good condition"
The Minister, represented by the Ag, FCT Federal Controller of Works, Engr Usman Yakubu spoke at the formal commissioning/hand over of 1.92km internal road rehabilitated by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in the Nigerian Law School, Bwari, FCT, Abuja.
Fashola explained that the road intervention program initiated by his Ministry was an investment in education aimed at improving infrastructures in the education sector
"It is undebatable that quality of education w 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 had taken place " he said
"A gradual process of repairs, renewal and reconstruction in major Highways had reached the schools" he said.
Similarly, the Minister stated that eighty-five (85) people were employed during the construction of the internal road in the Bwari Law School, thereby contributing to the job creation initiatives of the government, and enjoined the school to ensure that the asset is properly used and maintained.
Explaining further, the Minister said that, twenty-nine (29) road interventions projects had been completed, seventeen (17) of them already handed over in 2020 and now additional twelve (12) are ready as critical intervention to support education, which the one at the Bwari Law School was among.
In his remarks, the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Bwari, Professor Isa Hayatu Chiroma, represented by the Secretary to the Council, Mrs. Elizabeth Max-Uba, expressed profound appreciation and gratitude to the Federal Government for the intervention.
He commended the Federal Government and the Contractor for the quality of work done and the good supervision by the engineers in the Ministry of Works to deliver the road of high standard.
Professor Isa also appealed to the government for more of such interventions in other campuses of the law school in Kano, Yola, Enugu and Yenagoa.
Giving details about the scope of work, the Director of works in the school, Engr Sunday Bala explained that, the 1.92 kilometers road covered roads 3 and 11, the school ring road hostel A and B and the school recreational center.
He explained that culverts and drainages were also constructed in the rehabilitation work.
In their remarks, some members of the School community; Bello Babatunde, Chinedu Ukekwe and Mrs Stella Nosike, respectively, commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Works and Housing, H.E. Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN for the intervention, saying that, the reconstructed road had facilitated easy access to the various parts and buildings in the school, which according to them enhanced the working atmosphere in the school community for both the students and staff
Keynote Address Of The Hon. Minister of Works And Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, San, At The 26th Meeting Of The National Council On Works With The Theme, “Road Infrastructure Development, Job Creation And National Economic Growth”
On behalf of the Federal Government, I convey the appreciation of the Ministry of Works and Housing to the Government of Rivers State and Governor Nyesom Wike, for Hosting this 2020 edition of National Council on Works.
The commitment to host this was made last year when the Cross River State hosted the 2019 edition and when nobody foresaw the outbreak of a devastating viral pandemic called COVID-19.
The impact of the disease on livelihoods and the global economy has led countries across the world into different stages of negative economic growth and recession.
The need to address the economic challenges has prompted countries and Governments to design and implement various measures and policies to keep their economies going and to reflate them.
The Muhammadu Buhari Administration developed and has started implementing an Economic Sustainability Plan, that incorporates and challenges Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ramp up activities, inspite of COVID-19; in order to provide work, increase opportunities and sustain productivity.
The Ministry of Works and Housing, as a critical infrastructure provider of the Federal Government, is one of the focal MDAs assigned with responsibilities for sustaining and expanding the economy during and beyond the COVID period.
This in part explains the theme of this year’s Council which is, “Road Infrastructure Development, Job Creation and National Economic Growth”.
While the public looks forward mainly to the quality of the Highway pavement, the Government sees a larger economic impact of infrastructure and the way it helps to legitimately distribute wealth to the people at the bottom of the pyramid.
Road construction employs a large number of the urban poor, skilled and unskilled labour and vendors who depend on daily or weekly wages.
The lockdown period was a difficult period for them and it was not surprising that as soon as lockdown eased, the Agriculture Sector and Road Construction were the first to resume work.
Eleven (11) of the biggest contractors of the Federal Government were allowed to return to work in May 2020 in 26 states.
This was closely followed by the resumption of maintenance works in 92 different locations across 24 states by FERMA.
The Government then decided to increase the scope for local content, labour and materials by:
a) Advocating for the increased use of cement, stone and concrete which are all locally available
b) Advocating for the local production of Bitumen since we have large deposits of the raw material.
I am delighted to inform you that many of these policies are at different stages of implementation with consequences on the economy.
With safety guidelines for Social Distancing, face mask and sanitation issued to construction companies, construction work has resumed almost full time across the country even though the virus is still with us.
Although the Third Quarter GDP result is still negative at -3.62%, it shows growth in the following sectors:
a) Quarrying and other minerals production 41.81%
b) Cement manufacturing 11.96%
c) Construction 2.64%
With the sustenance of construction activities, a strong contribution will be seen on the road to economic recovery.
Regarding the need to use more cement, more stone and concrete, the Ministry had to produce a design manual for Rigid Pavement in consultation with all the stakeholders in the industry.
I am happy to Report that the Sub-Committee led by the Honourable Minister of State, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, and the Director of Bridges and Design, Engr. Emmanuel Adeoye, have produced the first Rigid Pavement Manual for Nigerian Roads.
There could be no better place to unveil it than at the National Council for Works, where all State Governments and other stakeholders are present.
This should also form the basis for implementing the Government policy for more labour-intensive Road Construction to stimulate employment drive, and more use of locally available materials of stone, cement and concrete for improved economic productivity.
It is impossible to discuss roads and economic development without discussing:
a) capital appreciation of 30-40% that infrastructure provision adds to the value of land;
b) the supply chain of food, lubricants, construction materials like laterite, cement, Reinforcement (steel), Water, Energy (Diesel) that is positively affected by infrastructure;
c) the sub-specialities of subcontractors such as Lane Marking, Highway Signage and Electrical fittings,
all of which benefit from the Construction of a Road.
I am aware that all the States are executing one infrastructure project or the other and this is how it must be. I was in Rivers State recently to commission a Bridge project undertaken by the State Government.
Our collective National Spending on infrastructure will contribute in no small way to our recovery from recession, but also propel inclusive and beneficial growth.
Examples abound of the positive impact of the investment in infrastructure through a value chain of inclusive wealth distribution that is immediately activated when one of our construction sites utilises 5,000 trucks of laterites at N30,000 per truck.
Such a value chain would include the owner of the quarries, the operators in the quarries, the truck owners and truck drivers, among several others.
When one of our contractors also recently paid N500 million to his diesel suppliers, another inclusive wealth distribution value chain got activated or sustained.
In closing this speech permit me to highlight the challenges we still encounter in some states and communities with respect to claims for compensation, which hinder our contractors’ ability to work.
Challenges in the area of compensation require further collaboration and for States to play a lead role.
The need for an interactive forum between State Commissioners and Federal Ministry of Works, which will occur more frequently than the annual Council, as recently suggested by the Honourable Commissioner for Works from Kwara State will also hopefully be considered at this Meeting.
I thank you all for your attention.
FASHOLA INSPECTS THE DAMAGED PIER OF THE AIRPORT LINK BRIDGE AT TOYOTA BUS STOP ALONG APAPA - OSHODI - OWORONSHOKI EXPRESSWAY IN LAGOS STATE
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (right) interacting with traders on the need to vacate the Right of Way of the service lane slated for reconstruction during the inspection of the damaged pier of the Airport Link Bridge at Toyota Bus Stop along the Apapa - Oshodi - Oworonshoki Expressway in Lagos State on Thursday, 14th January 2021
FASHOLA INSPECTS COMPLETED EMERGENCY REPAIRS ON OBALENDE BRIDGE IN LAGOS STATE
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (middle),the Director Highways, Bridges and Design, Engr. Emmanuel Adeoye (right),Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Engr. Olukayode Popoola (2nd right) and others during the inspection of the recently completed Emergency Repairs of the damage caused on May 1, 2020 by the explosion from a Petrol-laden truck to the Obalende Bridge in Lagos State on Thursday, 14th January 2021