Abba Kyari : Tribute To A Single-Minded Patriot
As the inks flow in tributes to Abba Kyari by those who loved and despised him, let us not forget that Abba was much misunderstood and often maligned.
Wherever you stood then and stand now, let us not forget that Abba was a patriot .
He executed President Buhari’s vision with his own single mindedness. One of his favourite quotes was credited to Jeff Immelt to the effect that “The job looks easy when you are not the one doing it.” He seemed to take a lot of comfort from these words when his actions were misunderstood.
I bear testimony to his dedicated execution of the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund Initiative (PIDF) which guaranteed funding to cash strapped projects like the Second Niger Bridge, the Abuja-Kano Highway, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Mambilla Hydro Project and the East –West Road at monthly meetings we held to review progress with Contractors.
Like all of us, Abba was flawed but he was not conceited. He was driven by conviction and never shied from an intellectual argument because his intellect was vast.
We disagreed but I never found Abba disagreeable.
Now that he has paid the supreme price in the service of the fatherland one good way we can honour Abba’s service and memory is to continue where he stopped.
Our most compelling assignment is to make the defeat of Covid-19 an urgent National Assignment to be completed in shortest possible time.
I think Abba would love that very much.
We must now undertake this assignment with a single mindedness similar to Abba’s execution of his own assignment.
This requires all of us , high and low , to observe existing guidelines like hand washing, sanitizing , wearing of face mask, social distancing and staying at home, in order to stop the community spread of the virus.
We must remember that the virus , on its own can only travel about 6 (six) feet and no more.
If it travels beyond that to our villages, cities, towns, wards, local governments and our homes, we carried it and enabled it to do so by heedlessly transporting it.
My deepest condolences go to Abba’s wife, children and family who gave us their Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle and Son , and to Mr President and all his immediate Staff and colleagues in the Villa .
Rest in Peace Chief, you served well.
Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Honourable Minister of Works and Housing
7TH_TOP MANAGEMENT RETREAT
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
INSPECTION TOUR OF LOKO OWETO BRIDGE IN NASARAWA
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
FASHOLA INSPECTS RECONSTRUCTION OF ENUGU PORT HARCOURT EXPRESSWAY SECTION IV ABA PORT HARCOURT IN RIVERS AND ABIA STATES
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