Approval Of Rail Line Project - PMB Scores Another Milestone In Infrastructure Development
The Honourable Minister of State for Works and Housing, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo has commended the President and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the approval of the construction of a narrow-gauge rail track from Minna to Baro with an extension to the Baro River Port in Niger State, which he described as a major milestone in infrastructure development.
He noted that the approval which is an attestation to President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to infrastructure development would boost trading, mining and agro allied activities in and around the state and improve the efficiency of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
Mu'azu stated this when he played host to the management team of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), led by its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Chief George Moghalu who paid a courtesy visit to the Honourable Minister.
Sambo also said he was sure of increased success in Federal Ministry of Works and Housing with the pedigree of the Honourable Minister, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN who he referred to as his brother. “I am proud of my senior Minister, brother, Babatunde Fashola SAN. He is committed, hardworking and passionate about his job and together we shall succeed,” he said.
Mu'azu told the NIWA team that his appointment as Minister was designed by God, and actualized by President Muhammadu Buhari, his role model since 1975, adding that he never knew he would find himself in the position and advised all to put in their best in every endeavour and strive to impact people along their way.
Mu’azu thanked the NIWA team for the courtesy visit and their best wishes for him while pledging to continue the bond of relationship with NIWA his former office which he described as a family relationship and also promised to give them support where necessary.
“Public office is a trust, advising that persons in authority should do the right things at all times,” he said.
Earlier, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer National Inland Waterways Authority, Chief George Moghalu told the Minister that they were in his office to congratulate him on his appointment as the Minister of State for Works and Housing and wish him well.
"We are proud of your appointment. We are here to congratulate you and pray God to help you discharge your duties successfully” he said.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Mu'azu Jaji Sambo as Minister of State for Works and Housing, adding that it was a right choice, having been privileged to witness his dedication and efficiency while at NIWA.
10TH MEETING OF NATIONAL COUNCIL ON LANDS, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
THEME: "HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AS A CATALYST FOR JOB CREATION, SOCIAL INCLUSION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT"
Director Engineering, Olurinola Bows Out Of Service In Style
.... He is a Seasoned Engr - Perm Sec
Engineer Julius Sunday Olurinola, Director Engineering Services in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 meritoriously completed the mandatory 35 years in the Nigeria civil service and bowed out graciously. He joined the civil service as a Pupil Engineer in the Federal Ministry of Works in 1987.
Babangida Hussaini, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry described him as a seasoned engineer whom he has worked with for a period of about six years. Hussaini spoke during the send-forth reception organized for the retiring Director by the staff of the Department of Engineering Services of the ministry.
The Permanent Secretary said “I have worked with him and I must say I enjoyed his professionalism and timeliness in the manner he addressed some engineering issues in the Ministry.”
Hussaini commended Olurinola for his contribution to the Renewable Energy (on –grid) in the Ministry saying, “With this achievement and many others, you are leaving the service with your integrity and respect intact.” he said.
As an Engineer in the employ of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Engineer Julius served as Director and Head of Department Engineering Services and Director (Electrical) in the same Engineering Services Department.
He held these positions all in the then Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
Engineer Olurinola, as Director Engineering Services was responsible among others for; overseeing design, specification of standards, preparation of contract document for all engineering projects in building services and engineering infrastructure for roads, electricity and water in public buildings and housing estates.
Goodwill messages and encomium were poured on him by Staff of the Ministry both serving and retired all pointing to his kindness, professionalism, commitment and versatile knowledge in the Built industry, roads and housing.
A former Retired Director of Engineering Services of the Ministry, Engr Sunday Umanah described Engineer Julius as a versatile engineer and a great achiever.
According to him, as a versatile engineer he represented the Ministry in several engineering for a creditably.
“He has at a point, represented the Ministry in the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Nigeria Energy Support Programme on Renewable Energy (on –grid), Energy Efficiency,” he said.
Engineer Olurinola was also involved in many adhoc assignments in the Ministry's projects namely: the Kuje prototype housing estate; 6 No. New Federal Secretariat Buildings in each of the geopolitical zones of the country; Prototype housing estate in Suleja, Niger State; Prototype housing estate, Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos State and in the provision of Solar lighting system in slum upgrade project in Rivers and Kano States and many more.
In his response, Engineer Olurinola attributed his success to the support of the Honourable Minister, the Honourable Minister of State and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry. He said: “Their leadership, mentorship and guidance was the major boost that kept me on. I am very privileged to have served under their able leadership.”
To his colleagues and other staff of the Ministry, he said they were very supportive. “God has made them a special set of people for the support they have given me all through as a Director and Head of the Department.
SPEECH DELIVERED BY ABUBAKAR MALAMI, SAN AT THE COMPLETION AND HANDOVER OF REHABILITATION OF SOKOTO – TAMBUWAL-JEGA-KONTAGORA-MAKERA ROAD, PHASE I & II SOKOTO AND KEBBI STATES, CONTRACT NO. 6161 ON THURSDAY, 25TH NOVEMBER, 2021
On behalf of the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari, I bring best wishes to the Government and people of Sokoto/Kebbi States.
Our commitment to improve road transport infrastructure, our determination to improve the ease of doing business, create jobs and prosperity to lift people out of poverty brings us here today because the results of our investment are manifesting.
I can confidently say that as we enter the final lap of the tenure of the Buhari administration we are also entering a season of completion and delivery of projects.
As you can all see, we are handing over today the 155 Kilometres Road, which is Phases I&II (Sokoto-Tambuwal - Jega) of the Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Kontagora – Makera Road.
This road links Sokoto and Kebbi State together, and it is a critical component of our national road network.
This road has been built to the highest quality of design and workmanship and if is well used and not abused, it should last for the designed service life.
Road abuse takes many forms such as overloading of vehicles and trucks which accelerates pavement damage, spilling of petroleum products, which dissolves all the components and allows water to penetrate, and converting the road shoulders to permanent parking places, that brings the onset of road failure from the shoulder.
We must all do our best to avoid these practices, report them when they occur and act in a lawful manner to stop them.
The road is also a story of the capacity of our people. The patriotic Nigerians who were employed directly to build this road, the scores of suppliers employed indirectly who are responsible for providing the machines utilized in the construction.
These are not only nation builders to whom we offer our salutations, they are the heart of the Nigerian economy, the micro, small and medium enterprises that drive our economic growth.
This road is also a statement of economic efficiency and ease of doing business.
This is because the travel time of averagely 4 hours before construction has now reduced to 2 hours since the completion of the road.
Of course, this road is part of our many roads to prosperity because reduced journey times means reduced expense on travel, because time is money.
This road symbolizes change as you will observe in the road furniture, such as the lane markings and Route Assurance signs.
These components had all but disappeared on our highways but our commitment to change has restored them, with the markings helping drivers to achieve better lane management and control of their vehicles; while the Route Assurance signs provide information about how much further or longer, the drivers and commuters have to travel and the distance to the next village, town or state.
Of course, another element of change is the travel experience on a new and well-built road from the old and previously unmotorable road.
Now that we have this new and well-built road, we have duties to ourselves and to other road users.
One of those duties is to ensure that we drive in accordance with the law as stipulated in the Highway Code.
Accordingly, for the avoidance of any doubt, I wish to reiterate that the maximum driving speed on this and other Federal Highways nationwide is 100 (ONE HUNDRED) KM and no more.
On behalf of the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari, I formally declare this Sokoto-Tambuwal - Jega Phases I & II of the Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Kontagora – Makera Road completed and open for public use.
For your safety and that of other road users, I implore you not to exceed 100 KM.
We want you alive to witness and be part of the prosperity and promise of Nigeria.
I wish you safe and happy motoring.
Abubakar Malami, SAN
Honourable Minister of Justice and attorney-General of the Federation
HON. MINISTER OF STATE FOR INDUSTRY, TRADE AND INVESTMENT, AMB. MARYAM KATAGUM , DEPUTY GOV, BAUCHI STATE, BABA TELA , COMMISSIONER FOR WORKS, ABDULKADIRI IBRAHIM AND OTHERS AT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S COMMISSIONING AND HANDOVER OF KANO - MAIDUGURI ROAD, SECTION III (AZARE - POTISKUM) IN BAUCHI AND YOBE STATES
Representative of President Muhammadu Buhari and Hon. Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Maryam Katagum (2nd left), Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Baba Tela (2nd right), Emir of Katagum, Dr. Umar Faruq Umar (left), Commissioner for Works, Bauchi State, Abdulkadir Ibrahim (right) and others during the Federal Government's commissioning and Handover of Kano - Maiduguri Road, Section III (Azare - Potiskum) in Bauchi and Yobe States at Azare on Thursday, 8th December 2021
MINISTER OF STATE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING RECEPTION
Right, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr. Babangida Hussaini receiving the new Minister of State for Works & Housing, Mr. Mu'azu Jaji Sambo on assumption of duty on the 29th of December, 2021