ENGR. CHUKWUNWIKE OGBONNA UZO (DIRECTOR HIGHWAYS, PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT)
Engr. Chukwunwike Ogbonna Uzo was born on 29th December, 1962 in Enugu. He hails from Amokwe, Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State. He attended University of Nigeria Primary School, Nsukka, St. Theresa’s College, Nsukka, where he obtained his West African School Certificate. He then attended University of Nigeria, Nsukka from 1978 to 1983 and graduated with a B. Eng. (Civil). He did his one year Mandatory Youth Service from 1983 to 1984 in Borno State.
In 1988, Engr. C. O. Uzo joined the services of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing as Senior Engineer. While scaling through the ranks of Senior Engineer (GL 10) to Assistant Chief Engineer (GL 13) between 1988 and 1996; he was involved in various engineering works. Between October 2000 and May 2005, he served as Engineer’s Representative and Federal Controller of Works in Bayelsa State and later in May 2005 he was posted to Cross River State as the Federal Controller of Works and Engineer’s Representative on other projects within the State. As Engineer’s Representative, he supervised the following projects:-
⦁ Design and Construction of Tombia Bridge across the Nun River in Bayelsa State. (this was a post tensioned box girder bridge); and
⦁ Rehabilitation of Obudu Cattle Ranch Road in Obudu, Cross River State, amongst others.
In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Director and was posted as Engineer’s Representative on the Dualisation of Abuja-Abaji Road, Section II, where he worked till September, 2011 when he was appointed Acting Director Highways South East Zone. On the 16th of November, 2012 he was posted as Director Highway South South zone and later promoted as substantive Director with effect from 1st January 2013. In August, 2016 he was posted to the Ministry’s Headquarters as Director Highways Planning and Development Department, a position he holds up to date.
Engr. Chukwunwike O. Uzo is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and registered with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and was honoured with the Ministerial award for outstanding performance in December, 1992. He attended various local and International meetings, training and courses across the world.
He is happily married and blessed with children.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF HIGHWAYS PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
The Department of Highway Planning and Development has the responsibility of planning, development and management of all existing Federal road network as well as providing capacity building for workers in the road sector. The Department also liaises with all the other Highways Departments in the Ministry.
FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT
The functions of the department are as follows:
⦁ Collation and Preparation of Capital Budget and Programmes for all Highways Departments;
⦁ Management of progress on project sites and preparing programmes for phasing out payment to Contractors/Consultants;
⦁ Management and maintenance of the Management Information Services Unit (MISU);
⦁ Managing the Weighbridge Stations along Federal Highways;
• Right-of-Way Management along Federal Highways nationwide;
• Road Asset Management (RAMS) Unit, Traffic Count.
⦁ Liaising with the Department of Finance and Accounts for reconciliation and up-dating of financial status on all Highways expenditures;
⦁ Liaising with the Department of Finance and Accounts to obtain all documentation of quarterly capital and recurrent receipts of allocations released in respect of all Highways Budgetary provisions
⦁ Preparation of draft annual report and any necessary briefs on behalf of other Highways Departments;
⦁ Preparation of progress reports at established intervals on all the activities of the Highways Departments;
⦁ Organization of Seminars and Conferences on behalf of the Highway Departments in liaison with the relevant Department;
i. Conference of Directors of Civil Engineering
ii. National Council of Works.
⦁ Managing the Highway Training Centres;
⦁ Managing the Highway Registry;
⦁ Liaises with other Departments to collate information requested by Ministries, Departments and agencies, for consideration by the Permanent Secretary;
⦁ Training and development of all Technical staff in Highway Departments in liaison with Human Resource Department;
⦁ Preparation of short, medium and long term plans for the improvement and expansion of the Federal Highway Network;
⦁ Preparation of pre-contract documents received from other Highway Departments and liaise with the Public Procurement Department on tender issues;
⦁ Preparation of Draft Council Memoranda on Highway projects to Federal Executive Council in liaison with PRS Department; and
⦁ Coordination of the activities of Weigh Bridge and Highways Inventory Unit.
ORGANOGRAM HIGHWAYS, PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
FASHOLA, PETERSIDE, YAKASAI, OTHERS AT THE NICHE'S 2022 ANNUAL LECTURE WITH THE THEME "2023 ELECTIONS AND THE FUTURE OF NIGERIA'S DEMOCRACY" IN LAGOS
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing & Guest Speaker, Mr Babatunde Fashola,SAN (right),Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai (2nd right), Jean Monnet Professor of Strategy and Development & Moderator, Prof. Anthony Kila (2nd left) and Royal Father of the Day, HRM Eze Chidume Okoro (UGOAMANO) (left) in a group photograph shortly after The Niche's Annual Lecture with the theme,
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S COMMISSIONING AND HANDOVER OF GOMBE - KALTUNGO ROAD IN GOMBE STATE
A view of Gombe - Kaltungo Road linking Kumo, Billiri and Kaltungo Communities in Gombe State after its rehabilitation by the Federal Government. INSET: Representative of President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami (3rd right), Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya (2nd right), Emir of Gombe & Chairman, Gombe State Council of Emirs & Chiefs, HRH.Dr Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III (3rd left) and representative of the Hon. Minister of Works and Housing & Director Highways, North East Zone, Engr. Celestine Shausu (right) and others during the Federal Government's Commissioning and Handover of Gombe - Kaltungo Road in Gombe State on Friday, 26th August 2022.