Buhari’s Commitment to Infrastructure is Monumental, Unprecedented – Fashola
The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN has described the commitment of the Buhari led Administration to Infrastructure development as monumental and unprecedented. The Minister made this description while responding to questions on Radio Nigeria phone-in programme “Have your say” this morning.
Fashola hinged his commendation on the Infrastructural transformation work being implemented in the various sectors of the economy such as works and Housing, Transportation, Digital communication and economy, adding that if
these were done in the past, the situation of the economy of the country would not have been as bad as it is now.
While responding to the question on why many Federal roads were still in bad condition and why it was taking time to be completed, Fashola attributed it to procurement process, limited resources and the process of road construction.
Citing an example of the Abuja - Lokoja road, he said the road which is about 300kilometre long was being expanded from 2 lanes to 4 lanes, which means that the entire work on that road is about 1200 kilometres.
He added that a section of the road had been completed remaining only the section from Kotonkarfe to Lokoja, “some section have been completed, what is remaining is from Koton Karfe to Lokoja, which we are trying to finish”, he said.
Fashola mentioned Lagos -Ibadan, Enugu –Port Harcout, Kano –Maiduguri, Ekpoma –lokoja roads among those that have been partially completed. The Minister said most of the roads were being reconstructed as some of them
were impassable before now, citing Benin- Ore - Shagamu, Enugu –Port Harcourt roads. He urged Nigerians to be patient with the government considering the fact that these bad roads which were left undone by the previous administration when oil was selling at $140 per barrel are now being reconstructed and rehabilitated by the Buhari Administration at a time that oil price per barrel is less than 50 dollars.
The Minister who disclosed the plan to finish 22 roads between 2020 and 2022 explained that the Federal Government was currently concentrating on Federal roads which are interconnecting states. “Our roads are those that connect state
to state. We are focusing on them, it is when we have done these key roads that we will concentrate on others”, he said.
On the housing sector, The Minister who was asked why some houses that had been completed by the Federal Government were yet to be allocated, said, “Some of the houses have been completed but there is still a lot to be done. In
some cases we have not finished electrical connection to public power, we have not finished internal road work, there have been cases of theft and pilfering and we are doing replacement”.
Fashola revealed that a digital framework was been worked out to ensure that application is done online to avoid undue influence from anyone. He also said that Federal Government was considering giving some allocations to State
Governments for onward allocation to their indigenes since the States donated the land.
He called on State Government and the Private sector to complement the effort of the Federal Government in the provision of houses to the people in overcoming the housing deficit.
Isang Iwara Bows Out Of Service
The Director of Human Resources Management, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mrs. Isang Iwara on Friday 29th May, 2020 bowed out of service in grand style after a meritorious service to her father land.
Friday marked thirty-four years and six months she joined the service. She will be sixty years on Saturday hence her retirement yesterday.
Mrs.Isang Iwara born on the 30th of May, 1960, joined Cross River Civil Service in November, 1985. She transferred her service to the Federal Civil Service as Assistant Director, Administration in 2004 and was promoted to the position of Deputy Director Administration in 2010. In 2014 she became a full fledged Director. She was posted to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in 2018 as Director, Human Resources Management from where she retired.
Speaking at the event the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Housing, Mohammed Burka represented by the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Dr. Famous Eseduwo congratulated her, saying that it was not easy coming out of the service unscratched because the service is most of the times turbulent.
Bukar urged the retired Director to sustain her positive contributions to the service in nation building.
He commended her for her expertise in the discharge of her duties while in service,adding that she was a person that was able to bring result with little resources.
The Permanent Secretary charged members of staff to imbibe Mrs.Isang Iwara's attribute of prudence as things are not what they used to be especially during this Covid-19 era.
Giving a goodwill message, the Deputy Director (Staff Welfare and Training, Housing) Mrs. Cecilia
Akuns described Mrs.Isang as an embodiment of a seasoned technocrat that Civil Servants must emulate. That though she has retired, she should make herself available any time she is called to serve in higher capacity.
In her vote of thanks, the retiring Director of Human Resources Management, Mrs. Isang Iwara thanked the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, the Honourable Minister of State for Works and Housing, Engr.Abubakar Aliyu,FNSE, Mohammed Bukar,the Permanent Secretary , director colleagues and other members of staff for affording her the opportunity to serve Nigeria in various capacities in the Civil Service.
Mrs. Iwara also thanked members of her staff and said that the successes she recorded were due to the crop of hard working and dedicated staff of the Ministry and the support she enjoyed from the management.
The retiring Director enjoined staffers of the ministry to extend their support and cooperation to her successor to serve the ministry and the nation better in service delivery.
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.
Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Honourable Minister of Works and Housing
FASHOLA ALIYU AT THE PRESS BRIEFING ON THE PARTIAL CLOSURE FOR REPAIRS AND RESTORATION OF THE THIRD MAINLAND BRIDGE IN LAGOS
Hon Minister of Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN making a point during a Press Briefing on the Partial Closure for Repairs and Restoration of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos at the Ministry of Works and Housing Headquarters Mabushi Abuja on Tuesday 21st July 2020
FASHOLA INSPECTS ONGOING REPAIRS AND RESTORATION WORKS ON THE THIRD MAINLAND BRIDGE IN LAGOS
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN (left), the Director Highways, Bridges and Designs, Engr. Emmanuel Adeoye (right) and others during the inspection visit of the Hon. Minister to the partially closed Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State currently undergoing Repairs and Restoration works on Tuesday 27th July 2020