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ANOTHER 2000 FAMILIES TO ENJOY ADEQUATE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NIGERIA

Jan
18
2022

President Buhari is passionate about providing affordable houses for Nigerians

Determined to provide adequate and affordable housing for Nigerians, the Federal Government is to provide more adequate and affordable housing for about 2000 families in the Federal Capital Territory.

The Honourable Minister of State for Works and Housing, Muazu Jaji Sambo disclosed this during his maiden inspection of the Affordable Housing and Management Development Initiative in Gwagwalada, Abuja on Monday January 17,2022.

The Minister said that it was a constitutional and fundamental requirement for government to provide decent and affordable houses for its citizens. He said: It is a fundamental priority of President Muhammadu Buharis administration to provide decent and affordable houses for the teeming masses of Nigerians especially against the backdrop of rural-urban migration.

The Minister said that Nigerias population which is about 200 million is projected to be about 400 million by 2050 and they will need affordable houses.

Continuing, he said: It may interest you to know that out of the 200 million Nigerians we have today, it is estimated that about half of that figure is living in the urban centres adding that it is the responsibility of any government most especially the President Muhammadu Buharis led administration to make sure that affordable houses are provided for them.

It is part of our mandate and that is why I am here on this inspection to see how I can assist the senior Minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola in fast tracking this laudable development, he said.

He said that his choice of visiting the project was deliberate. I chose the project deliberately as my first outing as a Minister because as it is christened, Affordable Housing Development and Management Initiative of 2000 housing units to 2000 families right here in the Federal Capital territory and if we get it right, it will be a template that will be replicated all over the county and our drive is to see how we can get it at the lowest cost possible.

Taking the Honourable Minister on tour of the project, the Head of Public Private Partnership of the Ministry, Abimbola Asein said that the Affordable Housing Development and Management Initiative was sitting on 113 hectares of land to provide affordable houses for Nigerians especially the low- and middle-income earners.

Arc. Asein said that the initiative was a public, private partnership programme to provide affordable houses for Nigerians.

She added: The first phase of the project which commenced in December 2021 is to put the infrastructure (roads and drainages in place which is about 25% completed and we hope that when the houses are provided, they will be affordable to all Nigerians.



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PERM SEC HARPS ON PUBLIC SUPPORT TO MAINTAIN FEDERAL ROADS

Jan
13
2022

The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Babangida Hussaini has called on the Nigerian public to support the Federal government to ensure all Federal roads and utilities across nation are kept in good condition.

The Permanent Secretary strongly warned member of the public to any activity that will cause damage to our roads, reminding that government will not hesitate to take full course of the law against violators.

Hussainis warning came in reaction to a portion of the road shoulders on Kano Western bypass damaged during the construction of a filling station by one Alhaji Sabiu Farinwatawhom Hussaini had given a stern warning and instructions to refix the damaged portions to standard as specified by his ministry.

The Permanent Secretary reminded the general public on the mandate of the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing in ensuring that all Federal roads across the country are maintained and kept in good condition in order to last their lifespan.

He enjoined Nigerians to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in its efforts at providing good road infrastructure across the country for the benefit of Nigerians.

This administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has committed alot of resources to fix and refix our road infrastructure, it is therefore incumbent upon us all to ensure the proper usageand maintenance for them to last Hussaini stated.

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NNPC IS NOT TAKING OVER ROAD CONSTRUCTION - FASHOLA

Dec
21
2021

Works and Housing Minister Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN has disclosed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) is not taking over the construction of roads from the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

The Minister made this disclosure during the symbolic presentation of Cheque for 21 critical roads funded by NNPC through the Tax Credit Scheme which took place at the Ministrys headquarters in Mabushi, Abuja today, Tuesday 28th December, 2021.

While shedding light on the scheme the Minister said, NNPC is not taking over roads, NNPC is not constructing roads, NNPC is just putting forward its tax liabilities to the authority who is supposed to collect, which is the Federal Inland Revenue Service, (FIRS), and they are dedicating it to build roads that have been awarded and would have been completed but for insufficient budgetary provisions.

Fashola further said, Let me make it clear that this is a tax credit intervention and essentially, the private sector company is putting forward what should have been its tax compensation for liabilities to government.

The Minister revealed that the scheme which is under the executive order 007 was inherited from the previous administration who didnt implement it. However, the Buhari administration recognized it and used it to execute the Obajana - Kabba road as a strategic partnership with the private sector. He added that it is being used to address the Apapa - Oworoshoki expressway which serves the nations largely established port.

Fashola explained that the scheme was not for one company alone as any company who is interested in it is free to apply to Federal Government.

He said the Buhari administration amended the Executive order 007 to give room for the roads to be impacted to be diverse and also allow smaller companies to come together as a group to use their tax liabilities for smaller roads that will aid their businesses.

He expressed happiness that the amendments have attracted the interest of conglomerates like Dangote group, the oil industry which is stepping in with 600 Billion Naira to address 21 roads covering over 1, 800 kilometres. He also noted that telecommunications companies have indicated their readiness to take part in it.

Speaking further on the amendment made by President Buhari, Fashola revealed that a governing process had been put in place that requires the Ministry of Works and Housing to look into certification, send them to FIRS for verification within 5 days after which NNPC is expected to pay within 30 days.

He also said that an agreement had been reached with the contractors that nobody would ask for price variations even though some of the contracts are over ten years old.

In his address, the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Muhammed Nami who thanked the federal government for the tax credit scheme said it was introduced due to the insufficiency in budgetary allocations.

He expressed optimism that it will contribute in no small measure in bridging the gap in road infrastructure.

Earlier, the General Manager International Energy Relations Mr. Garba Hadejia who represented the Group Managing Director of NNPC lamented that since most pipelines have been vandalized, the only option left for his organization has to transport its products by roads.

‘However, the bad condition of some the roads were adversely affecting the movement of petroleum products hence the decision of NNPC to support the Ministry of Works and Housing by partaking in the Cash Credit he said.

An indigenous contractor, Mr. Isioma Ezi-Ashi of Sermatech Nigeria Limited who spoke on behalf of his colleagues thanked the Federal Government for the scheme and promised that the contractors would do their best to ensure its success.

The occasion also witnessed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, among the stakeholders: The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, FIRS, NNPC and the Contractors.


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SEASON OF COMPLETION, IMPACT CONTINUES AS BUHARI COMMISSIONS KANO-MAIDUGURI ROAD, SECTION II

Dec
14
2021

· Urges ownership of roads by host communities, commuters; compliance to traffic regulations Highway Code

· Buhari doing much more for Nigerians with less resources Jigawa Governor

· Commissioning, a clear affirmation of the progressive administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in every State of the country Fashola

· Lawmakers, Traditional Ruler, residents commend FG for strides in road transport infrastructure

The investments of the Federal Government in road transport infrastructure has continued to impact positively on communities across the country as President Muhammadu Buhari onMonday commissioned the Kano-Maiduguri Road, Section II (Shuwarin-Azare) connecting Jigawa and Bauchi States.

The 142.2 kilometre dualized road brings to five the number of such roads commissioned and handed over across the country in the Season of Completion and Impact which began 18 days ago.
The other roads so far commissioned by the President within the period includetheSokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Kontagora-Makera Road, the Vandeikya- Obudu Cattle Ranch Road, the Nnewe-Oduma Road, and the Kano- Maiduguri Road Section III (Azare-Potiskum).

In his address at the event, Buhari, who was represented bythe Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, called on Nigerians, especially the communities through which the roads pass, to take ownership and protect the roads, which, according to him, have been built to the highest quality of design and workmanshipin order to enable them last their designed lifespan.

The President, who also described the commissioned roads as part of our many roads to prosperity, told Nigerians, Now that we have this new and well-built roads, we have duties to ourselves and to other road users, listing such duties to include avoiding abuse of the roads and compliance with the nations traffic laws as stipulated in the Highway Code.

According to the President, abuse of the roads could take the form of 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, which 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 President said adding, Accordingly, for the avoidance of any doubt, I wish to reiterate that the maximum driving speed on this and other Federal Highways nationwide is100 (ONE HUNDRED) KMand no more.

Paying tribute to the patriotism of the Nigerians who participated directly or indirectly in the construction of the roads, Buhari said it demonstrated the capacity of the people to build quality infrastructure that could stand the test of time adding that both those employed directly to build the roads and the scores of suppliers employed indirectly by providing the machines utilized in the construction were not only nation builders but alsothe heart of the Nigerian economy.

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, he said.

He also said the roads represented a statement of economic efficiency and ease of doing business, adding, This is because the travel time of averagely 3 hours before construction has now reduced to 1hour 45 minutes since the completion of the road. Of course, this road is part of our many roads to prosperity because a reduced journey time means reduced expense on travel, because time is money.
Noting the reintroduction of such road furniture as lane markings and Route Assurance signs on the new roads as symbolizing change, Buhari declared, 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, adding that another element of change was the travel experience on a new and well-built road from the old and previously unmotorable road.

In his own remarks, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, said the Season of Completion and Impact which had seen the Commissioning and Handover of roads across the country in the last 18 days was a clear affirmation of the presence of the progressive administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in every State of the country.

Fashola, who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Babangida Hussaini, saidthe road projects already handed over and many that would soon be commissioned in various parts of the country represented major investment in road Transport infrastructure, which, according to him, is a commitment of the Buhari administration as a driver for economic growth and prosperity.

Expressing immense pleasure that the Season of Completion and Impact has reached the peoples and Governments of Jigawa and Bauchi States through the Kano-Maiduguri Road Section II (Shuwarin-Azare) being commissioned by the President, the Minister described the investments asvisible and incontrovertible Assets in proof of what Nigerias resources are invested in, from a combination of our earned resources, and borrowings.

After the handing over of theSokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Kontagora-Makera Road, the Vandeikya- Obudu Cattle Ranch Road, the Nenwe-Oduma Road, and the Kano- Maiduguri Road Section III (Azare-Potiskum),I am happy to reiterate that this is the fifth of many more project Completion and Handovers our country will experience in the next few weeks and months as we enter what l call a season of completion and impact, he said.

Fashola, who said the handing over formalities that would follow the days event would be in both the Works and Housing Sectors, recalled the recent unveiling of a dedicated portal to enable Nigerians subscribe to the National Housing Programme of the Federal Government in 34 States where the first Phase are ready noting that finishing touches were being put to the handing over formalities in the beneficiary States.

The Minister expressed gratitude to all investors in the first and second SUKUK bond which funding helped in the completion of Azare Potiskum, Shuwarin Potiskum and Sokoto-Tambuwal- Kontagora Roads, adding that the SUKUK funding is currently contributing to progress of work on 44 roads across Nigeria which would also be commissioned and handed over as and when completed.

He also thankedthe Ministry of Finance, and the members of the National Assembly, especially the Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Works in the 8th and 9th Assembly as well as the Debt Management Office for their support and their role in previous SUKUKS which, according to him, have been most innovative and impactful nationwide, and for the SUKUK we are expecting.

Fashola also thanked the staff of the Ministry and contractors who, he said, have worked very hard to bring these projects to conclusion, adding, I cannot fail to acknowledge the cooperation of the host communities where these projects pass through or are hosted. I hold them out as examples of what peace can achieve, and the investments that collaboration and some sacrifice can deliver if we embrace partnership with Government.

Also commended by the Ministers were members of the Federal Executive Council in the first term and the current term without whose support during debates over the projects none of these would have been possible and the President and Vice President who preside for long hours over the Council meetings, and whose leadership is now bearing fruits and the evidence of change now manifesting with Jigawa, Bauchi, Enugu, Ebonyi, Benue, Cross Rivers, Sokoto, Kebbi and Niger, bearingwitness and with more to come.

Members of the host communities, who came in their hundreds to grace the occasion were effusive in their expressions of gratitude to the federal Government, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Works and Housing for the Dualization of the road which they said was an accident-prone passageway while it was a single lane road.

Leading the expressions of gratitude was the Governor ofJigawa State, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, who said President Buhari had done wonderfully well in all sectors adding that although the Buhari administration inherited over 300 projects where the contractors were demobilized, the administration mobilized them, adding, Today we are commissioning one of them.

With less than the money they made Buhari is doing more than they did, the Governor said, listing the impact of the Buhari administration in Jigawa State to include: several road projects, tremendous support in the agricultural sector which has increased the rice production of the state from 90, 000 tonnes in 2015 to 649, 000 metric tonnes presently.

Otherareas of impact, according to the Governor, areschool feeding programme, six hundred thousand irrigation projects, health facilities, social interventions programmes such as the N- Power which provided jobs for 11, 603 young people, conditional cash transfer, trader money and so on.

Senator Sabo Muhammed, representing Jigawa South - West District and Honourable Abdullahi Ibrahim Dutse,Member representing Dutse/Kiyawa FederalConstituency, in their goodwill remarks, expressed delight and excitement over the completion of the roads in the state and thanked the Works and Housing Minister and the President for the road projects.

The Emir of Dutse, His Royal Highness, Dr. Nuhu Sanusi, in his own remarks, said the importance of the road could not be over emphasized, as, according to him, it covers about five states, adding, Its the heart of the economic activities, our gratitude to the Federal Government is deep for making this possible.

A cross section of residents interviewed also praised President Buhari and Works and Housing Ministerfor the completion of the project. Annur Muhammad, a driver, saideight years ago, the road was a single lane before the Dualization and rehabilitation commenced, recalling that the road was prone to accidents. But since the completion of the project, accident has been reduced to the barest minimum. President Muhammadu Buhari is God sent,he said.

Bello Yau, a farmer from Shuwarin, commended the Federal Government for the completion of the road saying, We are overjoyed, happiness is an understatement,we thank the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari, for the road, while Adamu Haladu, a student from the area, said, We had some challenges because the road which was a single lane was bad but since the road has been dualized, respite has come our ways, we thank the people in government.

Also, a residentfrom Bakin Kasuwa in Hadejia Local Government who came to witness the commissioning of the road said I came here to support the commissioning event with my Public Address System, it is a good job God bless the Ministry of Works and the Contractors for the quality job.

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FG ORDERS EVACUATION OF TRUCKS, TRAILERS FROM ABUJA-KADUNA-KANO HIGHWAY

Dec
10
2021

Gives order to all trucks to leave by the end of the year

The Federal Government has constituted a Presidential Inter-Agency Committee for Evacuation of Trucks and Trailers along the Right of Way of Abuja-Kaduna-Kano highway to ease vehicular movement and reduce damage on the shoulders of the highway before the end of the year.

The Director of Highway Construction and Rehabilitation, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing who is also the Chairman of the Committee, Engr. Folorunsho Esan disclosed this during an inspection tour of the road.

Engr. Esan, said the ministry would provide a temporary park at Tafa, along Kaduna road, where the vehicles can park adding that the park would accommodate about 500 trucks when fully operationalized thereby helping to address the problems of road access and insecurity in the area.

According to him, The Committee was set up by the Minister of Works and Housing, H.E Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN with directives from Mr. President for trucks to be evacuated from the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano road so that the contractors can take full possession to enable a hitch free work on the road, he said.

He added that the purpose of the inspection was to assess areas where the trucks could be relocated to away from the Right of Way. Also, road users can have free passage without bottlenecks. So we are here to inspect facilities that are available where trucks can now be moved to, he explained.

Continuing, the Chairman said that Tafa axis of the road was more troublesome, but added that there was provision where the trucks would be moved to. One of the very pronounced bottleneck is in Tafa and fortunately enough, we have an empty land acquired by Federal Road Maintenance Agency although they have not been able to do anything on it.

But we are thinking of moving the trucks from Tafa to that plot of land after some ground improvements on the land for trailers to be able to stay without sinking, he said.

On collaboration, he said various unions like the Tanker Drivers NARTO, NURTW, and others are in support of government to move their trucks from the road anytime the trailers park is ready along that axis.

On the collaboration with other stakeholders on moving away from the road, the representative of Petroleum Tankers Association, Comrade. Abdullahi Haruna said that the tankers drivers were ready to move immediately alternative parking space was provided. We, the petrol tanker drivers are ready to work with the committee to evacuate trucks from the road, ‘he said.

Haruna said that there was the need to make the park conducive for the users through the provision of basic facilities like borehole, toilets and canteens.

He said, What we are appealing for is that the palliative or temporary work should be done well. If it is good, there would be no need of planning for a permanent park, we will use this one.

Reiterating the collaboration on moving away from the road, the District Head of Jere, Alhaji Yusuf Suleiman said that he was happy about the development and assured the committee that he would mobilize and make sure that the trucks leave the shoulders of the highway when the park is ready.

We will give the ministry and concerned stakeholders necessary support that would lead to the permanent evacuation of trucks and trailers from the road, he assured committee.

Other members of the committee include: The Federal Roads Safety Commission, the Nigerian Army among others.

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NNEWE-ODUMA-UBURU COMMUNITIES CELEBRATE AS BUHARI TAKES SEASON OF COMPLETION, IMPACT TO SOUTHEAST

Dec
06
2021

·Says road is part of manifestation of his administrations commitment to improvement in transportation, job creation, prosperity, ease of doing business

·They are visible and incontrovertible Assets in proof of what Nigerias resources are invested in, from a combination of our earned resources, and borrowings Fashola

·Governor Ugwuanyi describes completion, flag-off of road as heartwarming, urges ownership by host communities

·Residents of host communities commend FG for restored access to markets, economic benefits

It was the turn of Nenwe, Oduma and Uburu communities in Enugu and Ebonyi Statesto roll out drums of celebration as President Muhammadu Buhari officially commissioned the 40.37 kilometre Nnewe Oduma Road linking Enugu and Ebonyi States and bringing to three the number of roads commissioned across the country since the beginning of the Season of Completion and Impact barely two weeks ago.

The other two roads officially commissioned by the President include the304 kilometre Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Kontagora-Makera Road, commissioned on Thursday, November 25, 2021 and the 24 kilometre Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch Road (Phases I and II) in Benue State officially flagged of on Monday, November 29, 2021.

In his remarks before the official flag-off at the Ezinike-Oduma Village, President Buhari, who was represented at the event by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said the Nnewe-Oduma Road and others being commissioned represented the manifestation of the commitment of his administration to improving road transport infrastructure, ease of doing business and job creation as well as prosperity to lift people out of poverty.

President Buhari, who described the roads already commissioned as a critical component of our national road network, observed that one element of change in those roads was the travel experience on new and well-built roads as opposed to the not-too-distant unpleasant experiences from the old and previously unmotorable roads.

Also describing the roads as part of our many roads to prosperity, the President noted that reduced journey times as a result of the improvement in the road network, meant reduced expense on travel, pointing out reduction in travel expense also meant more money in the pockets of travellers.

According to the President, the roads being commissioned also represent a statement of economic efficiency and ease of doing business. He explained that a situation where the previously travel time on a road, which averaged one hour 30 minutes before construction, was reduced to 30 minutes after the completion of the road, both money and time had been saved.

Other elements of change in the roads being turned out by the administration, Buhari said, included the restoration of theroad furniture, such as the lane markings and Route Assurance signs, which he observed, had all but disappeared on our highways, adding, 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.

Urging commuters not to abuse the road and obey traffic rules and regulations, Buhari, who reiterated that the roads have been built to the highest quality of design and workmanship, added that if they are well used and not abused, they should last for the designed service life pointing out that there are many forms in which commuters abuse the roads.

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, the President said, adding, We must all do our best to avoid these practices, report them when they occur and act in a lawful manner to stop them.

He commended Nigerians who have contributed and are still contributing, in one form or the other, to the construction of the roads saying the roads also represent a story of the capacity of patriotic Nigerians who were employed directly to build the road and 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, he said.

In his own remarks, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, expressed joy that the Season of Completion and Impact, which began from the North West barely a fortnight ago, has revealed the Buhari administrations investment commitments in road transportation and the impact on the citizenry adding that it has also brought to the fore the administrations commitment to infrastructure as a driver for economic growth and prosperity.

According to Fashola, who was represented by the Director Highways, South East Zone, Engr. Bola Aganaba,These projects represent major investment in road Transport infrastructure, which is a commitment of the Buhari administration as a driver for economic growth and prosperity. They are visible and incontrovertible Assets in proof of what Nigerias resources are invested in, from a combination of our earned resources, and borrowings.

Reiterating that the commissioning and handing over of Nnewe-Oduma Road was the third in the series of handovers in the Season of Completion and Impact, the Minister, who noted that it represented another example of what the country would experience in more days and weeks to come, listed the handovers that will follow to include the 142.2x2 (Dual) kilometres between Shuwarin and Azare connecting Jigawa and Bauchi States and Section IIIof the 106.3x2 kilometres between Azare and Potiskum connecting Bauchi and Yobe States.

Paying glowing tribute to investors in the first and second SUKUK, the Minister, who noted that the Fund has contributed immensely to the completion of many roads and currently contributing to progress of work on 44 roads across Nigeria, said the impact had seen to the funding to completion, major road projects such as the Azare Potiskum, Shuwarin Potiskum and Sokoto-Tambuwal- Kontagora Roads, among others.

He thankedthe Ministry of Finance, and the members of the National Assembly, especially the Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Works in the 8th and 9th Assembly for their support as well as the Debt Management Office for their role in previous SUKUKs which, according to him, have been most innovative and impactful nationwide, and for the SUKUK still being expected.

Fashola also thanked the Ministrys staff and contractors who, he acknowledged, have worked very hard to bring these projects to conclusion as well as the host communities for their cooperation without which progress would have been impossible. I hold them out as examples of what peace can achieve, and the investments that collaboration and some sacrifice can deliver if we embrace partnership with Government, he said.

The Ministers gratitude also went to the Federal Executive Council, which included all Ministers in the first term and the current term, for their support, the President and Vice President who presided for long hours over the Council meetings and the Governors of Bauchi, Jigawa, Benue, Cross Rivers, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Enugu and Ebonyi, who, according to him bear witness to fruits and the evidence of change by the Buhari administration, adding, Andthere is more to come.

In his remarks, the Enugu State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who was reporesented by the Commissioner for Works in the State, Engr. Greg Nnaji expressed appreciation to both the Federal Government, Prersident Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Works and Housing for the synegy which saw to thw completion of the project, which according to him began in 2013.

Describing road construction as the cradle of civilization, Ugwuanyi, who expressed joy at witnessing the handover of the road, recalled the harrowing experience on that commuters went through before the Buhari administration took the road to completion stage adding that with the completion, the people of Enugu and Ebonyi, who he said are farmers, would easily bring their farm produce to the various markets with ease.

He, however, urged the people to take ownership of the road adding that the protection of the road against abuse and other forms of abuse would ensure its long and full life span and would continue to provide forthe communities the ease of doing business as well as boosting their economy.

Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers and members of the beneficiary communities, the Chairman of Oduma Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Daniel Njoku, Diji 1 of Ezinesi Oduma, also poured encomiums on President Buhari, the Minister of Works and Housing for seeing to the completion of the road which, according to him, was but abandoned until the coming of the present administration.

Every Oduma indigene will recall that in the past we travelled by Okada to Nnewe with spare clothing as a result of the bad road, he said, adding that the people also found it difficult to transport their agricultural produce to neighbouring markets, a situation which, according to him, had since changed with the completion of the road.

A bread maker, who plies the road constantly on business, Mr. Mkwachukwu Chinweba, commended the Federal Government, President Buhari and the Minister of Works and Housing for their consistency and commitment which saw to the completion of the work explaining that as a result of the condition of the road he relocated to Onitsha where he was doing his bread business but returned in 2016 when the road was rehabilitated by the present administration.

Explaining that the land of Oduma is called Alanni meaning land of food, Chinweba said the people, who, according to him, were farmers, suffered over the years as a result of lack of access to markets to sell their farm produce adding that with the road now completed, the people could now access the markets while people from other lands also come to Oduma to buy food leading to economic benefits for the farmers.

For Princess Adaeze Oje, a housewife, farmer and also native of Oduma, the completion of Nnewe-Oduma Road has brought economic development to the town and its people with prices of farm produce now competitive and the people of Oduma who had been forced to stay in other towns to do their businesses now coming home to carry on such businesses and bringing development to the town.

Rev. Father Titus Udeh, Parish Priest of Saint Nicholas Parish Oduma, in an interview, recalled the hardship encountered by the people of Oduma before the completion of the road, thanking God that he has used the present administration with President Buhari at the head and Fashola as the executor to build the Nnewe-Oduma Road, which according to him has enhanced the socio-economic affairs of the community.

Also thanking God for giving the community a gift in the person of Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Father Udeh said the road has greatly changed the outlook of the community pointing out that the completion of the road has drawn many sons and daughters of the community, who he noted comprise of rich business people, back home leading to the erection of many beautiful houses.

Earlier in his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr. Babangida Hussaini, who was represented bythe Federal Controller of Works in Enugu State, Engr. Olufemi Oyekanmi, gave a brief introduction of the project saying the 40.27 kilometre road constructed by Messrs Reynolds Construction Company, was done in two sections with Section One starting from Nnewe Junction and terminating at Oduma Junction with Spur to Uburu Road and Section II starting from Umagu Village in Ishiagu and terminates at Mile 2 Roundabout in Ebonyi State.

The colourful event was marked with many traditional dances with several groups displaying before the very obviously jubilant members of the communities and visitors including top officials of the Construction Company. The different groups that made appearance included the Eribi Ogene Group, the Ogene Youngsters and the Omaba Masquerade, among others.

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SEASON OF COMPLETION, IMPACTCONTINUES AS BUHARI COMMISSIONS VANDEIKYA-OBUDU CATTLE RANCH ROAD

Nov
30
2021

· The road is a story of the capacity of patriotic Nigerians. They are not only nation builders but also the heart of our economy, President says

· Stresses the need for safety, compliance to traffic regulations on the part of commuters to reduce hazards as more of the nations roads are being made motorable

· We want you alive to witness and be part of the prosperity and promise of Nigeria, the President tells Nigerians

· These projects represent major investment in road Transport infrastructure, a commitment of the Buhari administration as a driver for economic growth and prosperity - Fashola

Barely a week after commissioning the 304 kilometre Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Kontagora-Makera Road, President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday continued the season of completion and impact with the official flag-off of the Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch Road (Phases I and II) in Benue State.

President Buhari, who was represented at the occasion by the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, said the roads being turned out by his administration represented the story of the capacity of Nigerians, employed both directly and indirectly, as not only nation builders but also the heart of the economy, as represented by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, which he described as drivers of our economy, who were responsible for the supply of the various materials and equipment for the construction of the roads.

Also describing the roads as a statement of economic efficiency and ease of doing business, Buhari explained that by substantially reducing the travel times of commuters on the completed ones the roads also form part of the prosperity being created for the country by his administration adding, because reduced journey times means reduced expense on travel, because time is money.

The President pointed out that Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch Road, like all other roads being built by his administration, also symbolized change as it included such road furniture as the lane markings and Route Assurance signs which, he observed, had all but disappeared on our highways, adding that his administrations commitment to change has restored them.

Explaining that the lane markings would help 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, the President declared, For your safety and that of other road users, I implore you not to exceed100 KM.We want you alive to witness and be part of the prosperity and promise of Nigeria. I wish you safe and happy motoring.

He also stressed the need for safety and compliance to traffic regulations as more of the nations roads were being made motorable and travel experiences more pleasurable, adding that safety consciousness on the part of motorists would reduce hazards on the roads to the barest minimum.

The President, who also called for strict compliance to the nations Highway Code in order for the road and others being built across the country to attain their design life, said the better travel experience being enjoyed by commuters on the current new and well-built roads, as against the old and previously unmotorable roads, represented one of the critical elements of change promised Nigerians by the present administration.

Still emphasizing his concern for the safety of commuters on the roads, Buhari declared, Now that we have these new and well-built roads, 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, adding that the maximum driving speed on this and other Federal Highways nationwide is100 (hundred) KMand no more.

He also cautioned against abuse of the roads saying as the Federal Government committed to delivering on its promise to give Nigerians good and quality road network, it was incumbent on the people not to abuse the roads in order to enable them service the nation through their design life.

Such abuses, the President said, includeoverloading of vehicles and trucks which, according to him, accelerates pavement damage, spilling of petroleum products which dissolves the road components and allows water to penetrate and converting the road shoulders to permanent parking places, which 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 President said adding that the commissioned road, which links Benue and Cross River State, has been built to the highest quality of design and workmanship and if well used and not abused, should last for the designed service life.

In his remarks earlier, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, while commending all those who contributed to the realization of the Season of Completion and Impact, especially the investors in the first and second SUKUK and other agencies of government, added thatthe Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch Road represented the second of many more project Completion and Handovers Nigerians would experience in the next few weeks and months.

Fashola, who was represented by theDirector Highways, North Central Zone, Engr. Rugba Emenoge,listed other such roads to include the 142.2 x 2 (dual) Kilometre Kano- Maiduguri Road (Section II) between Shuwarin and Azare, connecting Jigawa and Bauchi States, the 106.3 x 2 Kilometre Kano-Maiduguri Road (Section III)between Azare and Potiskum, connecting Bauchi and Yobe States and Nnewe- Uduma- Uburu Road covering 26.27 Kilometers with 14 Kilometers spur to Ishiagu connecting Enugu and Ebonyi States, in Ebonyi State.

Expressing delight at the commissioning of the Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch Road, the Minister declared,These projects represent major investment in road Transport infrastructure, which is a commitment of the Buhari administration as a driver for economic growth and prosperity. They are visible and incontrovertible Assets in proof of what Nigerias resources are invested in, from a combination of our earned resources, and borrowings.

The Minister, who noted that the SUKUK was currently contributing to progress of work on 44 roads across Nigeria, aside the impact of the funding in the completion of major road projects such as the Azare Potiskum, Shuwarin Potiskum and Sokoto-Tambuwal- Kontagora Roads, also thankedthe Ministry of Finance, and the members of the National Assembly, especially the Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Works in the 8th and 9th Assembly for their support as well as the Debt Management Office for their role in previous SUKUKs which, according to him, have been most innovative and impactful nationwide, and for the SUKUK still being expected.

Fashola also thanked the Ministrys staff and contractors who, he acknowledged, have worked very hard to bring these projects to conclusion as well as the host communities for their cooperation without which progress would have been impossible. I hold them out as examples of what peace can achieve, and the investments that collaboration and some sacrifice can deliver if we embrace partnership with Government, he said.

The Ministers gratitude also went to the Federal Executive Council, which included all Ministers in the first term and the current term, for their support, the President and Vice President who presided for long hours over the Council meetings and the Governors of Bauchi, Jigawa, Benue, Cross Rivers, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Enugu and Ebonyi, who, according to him bear witness to fruits and the evidence of change by the Buhari administration. Andthere is more to come, he said.

Members of the Vandeikya community, including traditional rulers, who turned out in large numbers, expressed their gratitude to the Federal Government, President Buhari and the Minister of Works and Housing for starting the project and seeing it to completion.

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REMARKS BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF WORKS AND HOUSING, MR BABATUNDE FASHOLA, SAN, AT THE PROJECT C ...

Nov
25
2021

On behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari, I bring good tidings to the peoples and Governments of Sokoto, Kebbi and Niger States, who will be impacted by the Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Kontagora-Makera Road that our President will hand over today.

My principal message to you all is that this is the first of many more project Completion and Handovers our country will experience in the next few weeks and months as we enter what l call a season of completion and impact.

In this phase of completion Mr. President has approved that Ministers from the various States where projects have been completed should represent him to perform the handover formalities.

The other handing over formalities that will follow these formalities which we flag off today in Kebbi will be in:

a) Jigawa for Section II covering 142.2 x 2 (dual) Kilometers between Shuwarin and Azare, connecting Jigawa and Bauchi States.

b) Bauchi for Section III covering 106.3 x 2 Kilometers between Azare and Potiskum , connecting Bauchi and Yobe States.

c) Benue for Vandeikya-Obudu Cattleranch Road covering 24 Kilometers connecting Benue and Cross River States.

d) Ebonyi for Nnewe- Uduma- Uburu Road covering 26.27 Kilometers with 14 Kilometers spur to Ishiagu connecting Enugu and Ebonyi States.

These projects represent major investment in road Transport infrastructure, which is a commitment of the Buhari administration as a driver for economic growth and prosperity.

They are visible and incontrovertible Assets in proof of what Nigerias resources are invested in, from a combination of our earned resources, and borrowings.

This occasion affords another opportunity to acknowledge the impact of the Sukuk funding in the completion of Azare Potiskum, Shuwarin Potiskum and Sokoto-Tambuwal- Kontagora Roads.

The Sukuk is currently contributing to progress of work on 44 roads across Nigeria and as we complete them, events like this will hold.

I want to express gratitude of our Government to the investors in the Sukuk and thank the Ministry of Finance, and the members of the National Assembly, especially the Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Works in the 8th and 9th Assembly for their support.

Our gratitude to the Debt Management Office is deep and continuing for their role in previous SUKUKS which have been most innovative and impactful nationwide, and for the Sukuk we are expecting.

To our staff and contractors who have worked very hard to bring these projects to conclusion I also say thank you, as I cannot fail to acknowledge the cooperation of the host communities where these projects pass through or are hosted.

I hold them out as examples of what peace can achieve, and the investments that collaboration and some sacrifice can deliver if we embrace partnership with Government.

Ladies and Gentlemen, none of these would have been possible without the support of Ministers in the Federal Executive Council during debates over the projects.

To all Ministers in the first term and this current term, I express gratitude on behalf of the Ministry of Works and Housing for your support.

To the President and Vice President who preside for long hours over the Council meetings, your leadership is now bearing fruits and the evidence of change is now manifesting.

Bauchi, Jigawa, Benue, Cross Rivers, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Enugu and Ebonyi bear witness and there is more to come.

Thank You.

BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA, SAN
MINISTER OF WORKS AND HOUSING



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SENATE COMMITTEE EXPRESSES SATISFACTION AS NHP PORTAL RECEIVES 7,315 APPLICATIONS IN SEVEN DAYS

Nov
21
2021

·Minister assures that there will be continuous review and updating of the process in order to maintain transparency, quality control

·We are also impressed that the data you gave to us showed that youve launched out.Youve hit the ground running, says Committee Chairman.

As Nigerians respond positively to the Ministry of Works and Housing portal opened last Tuesday for a chance to subscribe to the over 5,000 houses under the Federal Governments National Housing Programme, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has announced that a total of 7,315 applications for allocation have already been received by the Ministry.

Fashola, who appeared before the Senate Committee on Lands, Housing and Urban Development in continuation of the defense of the 2022 Budget of his Ministry, also submitted to the Committee the documents showing the number of applications submitted and those completed and undergoing processing as well as a breakdown of the number according to States.

And at the end of the defense, which took the form of a robust interaction, the Committee expressed satisfaction at the development in the Housing Sector with many, including the Chairman, Senator Sam Egwu, noting with delight that with the portal now opened, the Ministry has really launched out.

Explaining the criteria for pricing of the different categories of houses, the Minister, who said the prices ranged from N7.2 million, representing the lowest and N16.5 million representing the highest price, pointed out that one of the factors that made the difference in price between the Programmes houses and those being built by private developers was size.

He told members of the Committee that the categories of the houses under the programme included 1, 2, 3 bed rooms semi- detached bungalows and condominium, (blocks of flats), adding that there are also price differentials among the categories of houses based also on the size and space with all the bungalows, for example, having adjoining land thereby making it more expensive than the flats.

Fashola explained on the prices placed on the categories of houses further, When compared with what isobtainable in the Private Sector in terms of size, the one bedroom with 77sqm of living space,two bedroom with 90sqm, and the three bedroom with 137sqms, are by far larger than houses built by private developers and justifies the prices placed on them.

The Minister, who also noted that one bedroom flat in condominium, is 60sqms, two bedroom flats, 76sqms while the 3 bedroom flat is 110sqms, all of which, pointed out that they are more spacious than what is available in the conventional market, adding, You cannot get them at such price in the market.

Urging the lawmakers and other interested Nigerians to engage with the portal for answers to all the relevant questions, including quality, size and appearance of the house in any location across the country, the Minister declared, Our thinking is informed by what we have experienced in parts of our lives and what we think is best practice. We think this is the digital age and we should begin to do things that are consistent with the age, not printing and selling forms.

In response to a question on possible manipulation of the system, he explained, We should not be creating unnecessary bureaucracies that will bring about unnecessary human interactions and possibly some of the manipulations you refer to, adding, that does not mean that any system cannot be manipulated but we think that this is consistent with the objective of government.

We are now in a country where we now buy air tickets with our handheld devices. We book hotels with our handheld devices. I dont see why we cant buy and sell houses with our handheld devices and I have done it as Governor in Lagos and I thought we should try it at the national level, the Minister said noting that the Federal Government itself has said that everybody should subscribe to various identification means like BVN and so on. We think that that is where we should be going, he said.

Noting that the portal was launched barely a week ago, Fashola again urged, Let us give it time to evolve and I think that 7,315 applications from Nigerians within this time is a very enthusiastic response, adding that all those who had applied had paid N10,000 online to the Remita platform.

So contrary to the assumptions that because conditions are difficult, that form that you would have sold in printed form is being sold digitally and government is collecting the money for administrative purposes, the Minister said adding that although it is open to all Nigerians, some of the conditions that address facelessness include having a passport photograph and a tax clearance certificate and other means of identification like national ID, drivers license or International passport.

Responding to concerns raised about affordability of the houses, Affordability is not just a function of the cost but also the mode of payment, adding that in order to take care of that aspect, the Ministry created the mortgage and Rent-to-Own options so that the payment could be spread over time.

On whether the Ministry was not duplicating the works of its agencies, the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Fashola, who noted that the Ministry as head and supervisor of the agencies, was only carrying out a pilot project from which the agencies would continue to roll out in the future.

In his closing remarks, the Chairman of the Committee, and former Governor of Ebonyi State, Senator Sam Egwu, noted that the Minister had done justice to all the questions and thanked him for his diligence and commitment to housing delivery.

You will agree with me that the Minister has done justice to the questions we have asked him. We are also impressed that the data you gave to us showed that youve launched out. Youve hit the ground running. So, well continue to interact with you Like I said, we are happy and my members are happy, that is why the Chairman House Committee is here too, the Chairman of the Committee said.

Also present at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Babangida Hussaini and Directors in the Housing Sector of the Ministry, Special Advisers and other relevant Ministry officials.

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DAMAGES ON FEDERAL ROADS NOW TO BE PROSECUTED BY ATTORNEYS-GENERAL OF HOST STATES

Nov
16
2021

In a bid to stem the tide of wilful damage to Federal Roads and other infrastructure across the country as it strives to renew the nations infrastructure, the Federal Government has directed State Attorneys-General to henceforth prosecute all such cases and ensure that offenders face legal sanctions.

The directive, which emanated from the Office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, specifically directed the Attorneys-General of the 36 States of the Federal to immediately takeover both pending and new cases of damages to Federal roads, bridges and other public utilities within their jurisdictions.

On the strength of this directive, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has written to the Attorney-General of Ogun State requesting him to take over a criminal case of damage to three flyover bridges along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway against one Folarin Temitope.

According to the letter dated October 14, 2021, the fact of the case,RE-CHARGE NO: MIS/221/2021: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE VS FOLAREIN TIMITOPE ‘M 30 YEARS,is that on March 12, 2021, one Folarin Temitope, while driving a low-bed Renault trailer with registration number MUS 758 XU, conveying an excavator, damaged three flyover bridges at Ogunmakin, Isara and Sapade respectively along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Investigations later by the Ogunmakin Unit of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) revealed that the excavator inflicted the damage on the bridges because its height was above the clearance level allowed by the bridges and this led to the booking of the driver for road obstruction and dangerous driving while the Isara Police Division impounded the vehicle and charged the driver to the Isara Magistrate Court in Ogun State.

Noting that the Court ordered the release of the vehicle owners when the case came up for hearing at the Court on August 3, 2021, Fashola requested the Ogun State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to take over the prosecution of the suit saying the seriousness of the case required that the Commissioner for Justice should exercise his constitutional power to take over the suit as directed by the Federal Government.

Requesting the Commissioner to liaise with the FRSC and the Police Prosecutor for further information about the case, the Minister declared, having regard to the seriousness of the offense and the implication of the damage occasioned by the negligence of the driver on the affected bridges, the Federal Government is interested in ensuring that the matter is prosecuted diligently and professionally by the Ministry of Justice with Counsel in the Ministry of Works and Housing holding watching brief.

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APPROVAL OF RAIL LINE PROJECT - PMB SCORES ANOTHER MILESTONE IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

Jan
21
2022

The Honourable Minister of State for Works and Housing, Muazu 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 Buharis 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).

Muazu 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.

Muazu 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.

Muazu 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 whichhe 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 Muazu 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.

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DIRECTOR ENGINEERING, OLURINOLA BOWS OUT OF SERVICE IN STYLE

Jan
14
2022

.... 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.

Aformer 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 Ministrys 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.

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INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT: KEY TO SOCIO - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Dec
29
2021

The newly appointed Minister of State for Works and Housing,Mr. Muazu Jaji Sambo has reiterated the fact that infrastructure development is germane to the socio- economic development of any nation, adding that Nigeria is not an exception.

Sambo made the reaffirmation today Wednesday December 29, 2021 while addressing management and staff of the Ministry led by the Permanent Secretary, Babangida Hussaini who received him on assumption of office.

Sambo said, Mr. President is ablessing to this country. I keep saying that the skeptics will not realize this until His Excellency is gone; but some of us who know that socio-economic development is tied to massive infrastructure development know that President Muhammadu Buhari has chosen the right course.

The Minister cited China and Dubai in the United Arab Emirate as examples of nations that have developed rapidly due to their Infrastructural development. I will be fulfilled if within thetime I am going to be here I am able to help Mr. President leave some legacies behind in infrastructure development across the country.

The Minister expressedappreciation for the warm reception accorded him by the management and staff of the Ministry.

He expressed his readiness to work assiduously and harmoniously with the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing ,Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN who he described as a man of high intellect, competence and passion for development.

He said, I assure you that I am a team player. I will work and cooperate as much as possible with Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN whom I have known from Lagos as a man of high intellect, competence, a man with a passion for development. I am ready to support him in achieving the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Earlier the Permanent Secretary Federal Minsitry of Works and Housing,Babangida Hussaini in his welcome address congratulated the Minister of State on his appointment and pledged the unalloyed support and cooperation of the management and staff of the Ministry in the discharge of his responsibilities.

The Permanent Secretary informed the Minster of State that alot had been achieved in terms of Infrastructural development by this administration as a result of the strategic plans mapped out by the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN.

Hussaini assured the newMinster that he would not find it difficult to work with others in the Ministry as everyone is in high spirit to work relentlessly to achieve the mandate set by Mr. President for the Ministry.

Muazu Jaji Sambo who was appointed Minister of State for Works and Housing on Friday, December 24, 2021 was born in Jalingo,Taraba State on the 7th of September, 1959.

He attended Muhammed Nya Primary School from 1967 to 1973. He proceeded to Federal Government College Maiduguri between 1973 and 1978 where he obtained his WASC with grade one - distinction.

He further attended the School of Basic StudiesAhmadu Bello UniversityZaria, Kaduna State from 1978 to 1979 before proceeding to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Building with Second Class Upper from the same institution between 1979 and 1982.

He has a wealth of experience as he had worked in various capacities with several organisations both in the public and private sectors such as theNational Inland Waterways Authority,Nigerian Ports Authority,Nicon Insurance Corporation,Allied Bank of Nigeria and Savannah Bank of NigeriaPlc.

He bagged many awards when he served with the National Inland Waterways. These include theMeritorious Service Award on Retirement in 2019, Best Area Office Award from 2017 - 2019, Special commendation for initiating and construction of new Area Office, Lagos in 2014 and Best Area Manager for Revenue Generation, Collection- Port Harcourt in 2010 and Special commendation on successful completion of the construction of NiconInsurance Corporation Headquarters in Abuja to mention but a few.

He belongs to the following professional organisations: Nigerian Institute of Building, Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria, (MCRBN) and the Nigerian Institute of Management.

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BOOST FOR NATIONS ROAD TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AS NNPC PRESENTS N621.24 BILLION SYMBOLIC CHEQUE FOR ...

Dec
22
2021

· Fashola explains that Executive Order 007 signed by the President in 2019 is to stimulate private sector participation in the road sector

·NNPC is not taking over, but funding the 21 roads to enhance timely completion, says Minister

·Calls on Nigerians, other road users, to maintain 100-kilometre speed limit as the nations road network gets better

·NNPC pledges to ensure completion of road projects before the end of the Buhari Administration

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Tuesday handed over a symbolic cheque of N621.24 Billion for the rehabilitation of 21 critical roads across the country through the Tax Credit Scheme under the Executive Order 7 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

In his remarks before the brief presentation ceremony at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Works and House Headquarters, Mabushi, the Minister, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, explained that the Tax Credit Scheme, which, according to him, was inherited from the previous administration, was meant as a strategic partnership with the Private Sector.

The Minister, who said the present administration was currently using it for the construction and rehabilitation of Kabba-Obajana Road in Kogi State and the Apapa-Oworonsoki Road in Lagos, pointed out that contrary to the belief in some quarters that the Scheme was meant for only big companies like the Dangote Group, the scheme was open to all the members of the Private Sector.

Giving the presentation of the cheque as sign of the participation of the NNPC in the Scheme, Fashola pointed out that in order to ensure the inclusion of all segments of the Sector; the Federal Government has further opened a window of participation for smaller companies by asking them to form conglomerates to enable them mobilize enough funding capacity.

The Tax Credit Scheme is a policy that we inherited from the previous administration. It was there but it was never used, Fashola said adding that it was in the life of the present administration that the scheme was given life and because it had an expiration date the Executive Order 7 had to be put in place to enable government use it to address the Kabba-Obajana, and the difficult Apapa-Oworonsoki Roads which is serving the Apapa Port.

The Minister explained further, Of course, the Tax Credit Scheme that we inherited had an expiry date and when we started using it, it was being said that it was made for one company alone. So we had to come out to explain that it was meant for all the companies that have tax credit.

And when it expired, we looked at some of the limitations of the scheme and we made some recommendations to the President, the Minister said adding that one of the recommendations was that, perhaps, the roads should be made more diverse and to be spread out to include all the six geopolitical zones.

According to him, another recommendation was that other companies that have smaller turnover could come together to form conglomerates. He added, All of these were then factored into the recommendations that were passed to the President which was signed as the Executive Order 7.

Describing the signing of the cheque as a big show of confidence by the NNPC, Fashola expressed delight that contrary to the earlier impression created in some quarters, the scheme was now attracting other sectors of the economy including the manufacturing and telecommunications firms.

The Minister, who said some of the roads had subsisting contracts that were over ten years old, pointed out that the NNPC was not taking over but funding the roads to ensure completion, adding, One of the things we have done is to ask the contractors that they should not ask for the review of the contracts throughout the duration of the projects.

So we are putting in a governance process and that governance process requires us to do certification of their certificates promptly within five days, the Minister said adding that as soon as the certificates were certified they would be escalated to the NNPC which would be required to pay within 30 days. Also, he said, the staff of the Ministry has certain number of days within which to act to certify the certificates.

The Minister gave assurance that all the unpaid certificates that were in existence before the scheme was approved and all the certificates that budget provisions were inadequate to pay, would be paid as from signing of the contract with the NNPC adding that what it meant was that there would be money to pay the contractors who would in turn pay their suppliers of construction materials in the chain of distribution of wealth across the divide.

He explained that some of the roads like Apapa-Oworonasoki and Obajana-Kabba had no previous contracts in which case those on tax credit scheme were allowed to choose their own contractors while the Ministry still acts as supervisors adding that the difference between them was that the 21 roads which affect the NNPC distribution operations were already under contract.

So NNPC is not taking over our roads, NNPC is not constructing roads, NNPC is only putting forwards its tax liabilities to fund the roads, Fashola said reiterating that the roads would have been completed some years back but for insufficiency of funds.

Urging the contractors to go out there and do the best they could to meet the expectations of Nigerians, the Minister said even as the construction companies were shutting down as a result of the yuletide season, the contractors were expected to do more work now when the weather was good for construction.

The Minister called on Nigerians to maintain the speed limit of 100 kilometres as specified by the nations traffic laws noting that the season of celebrations would involve a lot of movement of goods and persons across the country.

He added, As the number of roads we complete are increasing, we are also seeing increasing accidents and the accidents break our hearts. So, I am going to appeal to the Media who are here to please help us to carry this message through this Yuletide season that the maximum speed on our highways is 100kilometres, not more.

According to him, What it does, if you maintain that speed, is that if there is trouble you will be better able to avoid it.

Earlier in his remarks before the presentation the representative of the Group Managing Director of the NNPC and Chief Finance Officer of the organization, Mr. Umar Ajiya, said the Corporation was motivated by the challenged condition of some of the nations roads most of which were the arteries of the companys operations adding that with the vandalization of the distribution pipelines the company had been forced to use the roads as its channel of distribution of petroleum products nationwide.

Thanking the Minister of Works and Housing and other relevant agencies of government, the NNPC Chief Finance Officer said the symbolic presentation of the N621 billion was a way of contributing to the Federal Government efforts to give Nigerians befitting road network adding that it was an investment that was being done in compliance to the Executive Order 7 to use the companys tax credit.

TheExecutive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Muhammad Nami, in his remarks, saidtheinvestment in roads was as a result of Executive Order 007, 2019 meant to encourage taxpayers to use company income tax payable by them to fix the nations critical infrastructure in exchange for tax credit.

Explaining the process involved in the scheme, the Executive Chairman said the scheme was meant also to support the fact that there is a social contract between the taxpayers and the government adding, What government is using the Executive Order 007 to do is to give value to taxpayers money.

This is unprecedented and very necessary for us to fix the roads in Nigeria, he said adding that it has become expedient because the annual budgetary allocation for the roads were not only minimal but absolutely insufficient. He said it was most importantly meant to bridge the critical infrastructure gap that the country faces.

The critical roads, which are major routes for the distribution of petroleum products across the country by the NNPC include,the roads in the North Central totaling791kilometres which are thedualization of Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa/Bokani Junction Road Section I: Ilorin-Jebba in Kwara State, dualization of Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa/Bokani Junction Road Section II: Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani Junction in Kwara/Niger States and dualization of Suleja-Minna Road in Niger State.

Also in the zone are the dualization of Suleja-Minna Road in Niger State Phase II, Reconstruction of Bida-Lambata Road in Niger State, Agaie - Katcha - Baro Road, Emergency Repairs of failed section of Mokwa - Makera - Tegina - Kaduna State Border in Niger State, Minna - Zungeru - Tegina road and Bida - Minna Road.

In the South-South,three roads totaling81.90 kilometres which are under the scheme includerehabilitation of Odukpani-Itu-Ikot Ekpene Road in Cross River State Section I: Odukpani-Itu Bridge Head in Cross River/Akwa Ibom States,dualization of outstanding portion of Odukpani-ltu-lkot Ekpene, and dualization of Oku-Iboku Power Plant Section of the Odukpani-Itu-Ikot-Ekpene Road in Cross River/Akwa Ibom States.

The roads chosen in theSouth East, aggregating to122 kilometres,includerehabilitation of Umuahia (Ikwuano)-Ikot Ekpene Road: Umuahia-Umudike in Abia State and the dualization of Aba-Ikot Ekpene Road in Abia/Akwa Ibom States.

In the North East,roads involved total 117 kilometres. They includerehabilitation of Cham-Numan Section of Gombe-Yola Road in Adamawa State, construction of Bali - Serti Road in Taraba State and rehabilitation of Gombe - Biu Road in Gombe/Borno Statewhile in the North West theroads chosen, which aggregate to 283.5kilometres, includeRehabilitation of Outstanding Sections of Gada - Zaima - Zuru - Gamji Road Phase II in Kebbi State and Rehabilitation of Zaria-Funtua-Gusau-Sokoto-Birnin Kebbi.

In theSouth West, roads chosen are rehabilitation and expansion of Lagos-Badagry Expressway (Agbara Junction-Nigeria/Benin Border) in Lagos State and the dualization of Ibadan - Ilorin Road (Route A2) Section IIin Oyo State (Oyo - Ogbomosho) which aggregate to114.00 kilometres.

The symbolic cheque presentation ceremony was followed by a signing of Funding Intervention Agreement by the NNPC, FIRS, the Ministry of Works and Housing and the Contractors.

Also present at the ceremony were the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Babangida Hussaini, Directors and Special Advisers as well as top officials of the NNPC and the Federal Inland Revenue Service and contractors handling the aforementioned roads.

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EXPECT COMPLETION, DELIVERY OF MORE ROADS- BUHARI

Dec
10
2021

As the progressive train of the season of completion and impact arrived in the North East on Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerians to expect more completion and delivery of road projects across the nation.

The President spoke in Azare, Bauchi State during the commissioning and handing over of the 106.341 Kilometers Kano -Maiduguri Road, Section III (Azare-Potiskum) in Bauchi and Yobe States.

The President was represented at the commissioning ceremony by the Honourable Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Maryam Katagum.

President Buhari reiterated the commitment of his administration to Infrastructural development and gave the assurance that Nigerians would be witnessing more completion and delivery of projects.

The President who emphasized his administrations commitment to economic growth through infrastructural development, appealed to road users to desist from acts that could damage the road.

According to him, activities such as overloading of vehicles and trucks, spilling of petroleum products on the roads and conversion of road shoulders to permanent parking places damages the road and reduces its life span.

We must all do our best to avoid these practices, report them when they occur and act in a lawful manner to stop them, he said.

The Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Muhammed commended President Muhammad Buhari for approving the dualization and extension of two major highways that connectthe states metropolis.

The highways are the dualization and extension of Kano Road, from Giwa Academy, Abubakar Tafawa University Main Campus, Nigerian Air Force Base- Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport with a distance of 17.7kms and the expansion of Maiduguri-Awala- Bauchi State University.

The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela, noted that the roads were near completion and expressed optimism that the state government would be reimbursed by the Federal Government as soon as the state of the economy improves in the country.

He further applauded the collaborative effort between the Federal and Bauchi State government to restore the Bauchi-Ningi Road and Bogoro- Bauchi -Dawaki Road damaged by flood during the last rainy season.

He also expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and Works and Housing Minister, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN for bringing the project to conclusion.

In his address, the Minister of Works and Housing, represented by the Director, North East, Engr. Celestine Shausu, stated thatthe SUKUK funding option which the Federal Government adopted is currently aiding the progress of work on 44 roads across the nation.

The SUKUK is currently contributing toprogress of work on 44 roads across Nigeria and as we complete them, events like this will hold, he said

Fashola commended all the stakeholders both in private and public institutions who have contributed to the actualization of the project.

In his welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr Babangida Hussaini who was represented by the Federal Controller of Works, Engr. Salihu Ahmed said that the Kano-Maiduguri Section III (Azare -Potiskum) connects four Local Government Areas in Bauchi (Azare and Dambam) and Yobe (Nangere and Potiskum) States respectively.

His Royal Highness, the Emir of Katagum, Alhaji Dr Umar Farouq II, commended the Federal Government for completing the road which was abandoned for more than 20 years by previous administrations.

He said that the road was important to the socio-economic development of the benefiting communities.

He applauded the administration of President Muhammad Buhari, for completing the projects he met on ground when he came on board, adding that governance should be a continuous process.

Various members of the community and road users on theproject spoken to expressed appreciation and gratitude to PresidentMuhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN, for ensuring the completion of the road, stating that the work has brought a lot of relief to them and improved their socio-economic activities in many ways.

While delivering the vote of thanks, General Manager, Messrs Mothercat, Engr. Raffi Kevorkianthanked the Federal Government for finding the company worthy of carrying out the construction work and also appreciated the community for their cooperation during the construction work.

He pledged the companys cooperation with the Federal Government of Nigeria in the delivering of quality and durable roads for her citizens.

The commissioning and hand over of Azare- Potiskum Section III (Azare Potiskum) is the fourth in the seriesafter the Sokoto - Tambuwal -Jega -Kontagora - Makera Road in Sokoto and Kebbi states, Vandeikya -Obudu Cattle Ranch Road in Benue and Cross River states, and Nnewe-Oduma Road Section in Enugu and Ebonyi States.

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OVER 10, 000 APPLICANTS SUBSCRIBE TO FGS NATIONAL HOUSING PROGRAMME

Dec
02
2021

* As Ministry advices against use of invalid documents

As Nigerians continue to respond with enthusiasm to the Ministry of Works and Housings portal recently opened for an opportunity to subscribe to the Federal Governments National Housing Programme, over 10,000 applications have been received through the portal.

However, following dedicated attention to the processing of the applications by the Web Management Team, the Ministry has advised applicants to ensure strict compliance to the requirements by uploading complete and only valid documents on the portal.

Responding to complaints by subscribers having difficulty in applying, the Ministry has re-emphasised the requirements for the online registration for the prospective applicants to be valid and successful as; passport photograph, current certified Tax Clearance/Payment Slip and means of Identification such as current National I.D, Drivers licences, International passport and Voter Card as well as letter of first appointment and Gazette of confirmation of appointment (for Public Servants).

The Ministry explained the reasons why some applications are not successful to include; not having current Tax Clearance Certificate, evidence of Tax Clearance, no Pay Slip, non-submission of Memorandum of Acceptance (MOA), incomplete or inconsistent documents and not having valid means of Identification or submission of expired one.

The Ministry assured that all prospective applicants who complied with all the registration requirements will have a hitch free subscription and successful applicants for the homes will be notified via the e-mail addresses they supplied. Alternatively, applicants can log in to their profile to check the status of their application.

The Ministry had recently launched an online Web-Portal: https://nhp.worksandhousing,gov.ng for the sales of the completed houses across some states of the federation and the online sales is on-going.

The National Housing Programme (NHP) is a Federal Government of Nigerias development agenda for addressing Housing needs.

The programme commenced in the year 2016 in 34 States and the FCT.

Following an approval by the Federal Executive Council, the completed housing units all over the country are to be sold to low and medium income groups through mortgage and Rent-to-Own subscription windows

With the unveiling of the portal, Nigerians can now apply for the houses in the 34 states and FCT of the country by paying a Non-Refundable application fee of N10, 000.00 (Ten Thousand Naira) only through Remita. Thereafter, a pin would be generated for the applicant access to the portal to complete the application process.

The breakdown of the status update as recorded on they web-portal platforms as at Thursday, shows that, out of the total number of 10,543 applicants, 10,206 applications are pending, 238 applications have been successfully submitted and 115 applications were approved.

The Ministry hereby appeal for strict compliance with the stipulated requirements for easy processing and approval of applications.

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JUBILATION, COMMENDATIONS AS PRESIDENT BUHARI COMMISSIONS NNEWE - ODUMA ROAD

Dec
02
2021

Jubilation, commendations and gratitude rent the air as President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the Nnewe - Oduma - Uburu road covering 26.27 kilometres with 14 kilometres spur to Ishiagu connecting Enugu and Ebonyi states, today 2nd December, 2021.

The President who was represented by the Minister of Science, Innovation and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu made a passionate appeal to road users to desist from acts such as overloading of vehicles and trucks, spilling of petroleum products on the roads and conversion of road shoulders to Permanent parking places which could damage the road.

We must all do our best to avoid these practices, report them when they occur and act in a lawful manner to stop them, he said.

Buhari who again emphasized his administrations commitment to Infrastructural development gave the assurance that Nigerians will be witnessing more completion and delivery of projects.

The Enugu state Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who was represented by the States Commissioner for Works and infrastructure, Sir Greg Nnagi described road contruction as the cradle of civilisation. He noted that the underlying benefits of road construction is that it opens up the door of economic advantage and boost the economy of the people.

The Governor expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and Works and Housing Minister, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN for bringing the project to conclusion.

He said, This road will take its pride of place as one of the most critical infrastructure implemented by the Federal Government.

Fashola, inan address read on his behalf by the Director Highways, SouthZone, Engr. Bola Aganaba, noted that the road being handed over was a continuation of the good tidings being delivered across the country. I am happy to reiterate that this is the third of many more project Completion and Handovers our country will experience in the next few weeks and months as we enter what l call a season of completion and impact, he said.

expressed appreciation for the SUKUK funding which is currently aiding the progress of work on 44 roads across the nation.

Fashola said, The SUKUK is currently contributing toProgress of work on 44 roads across Nigeria and as we complete them, events like this will hold.

He commended all the stakeholders both in the private and public sectors who contributed to the actualization of the project.

His Royal Highness Igwe Patrick Oshiekwe the Ohazulume I of Ukete - Oduma, Aninri LocalGovernment Area of Enugu State, expressed happiness and commended the President for the project.

Road users in the area who were obviously filled with joy expressed their gratitude to Mr President .

Mr. Patrick Ekwe said, The project is helping us very well. It was very hard for us to travel to anywhere but today it is very easy, if you want to go to Lagos from here, you will leave today and come back tomorrow. Before it took us a whole day to go to Enugu but now you can go and come back within 2 hours.

Kingsley Nicholas said, God will continue to bless President Muhammadu Buhari, the God that put the project into his mind and for his willingness to help the people of Oduma, may the good God continue to bless him.

For Princess Nkem Ngirimthe project will help the people to take their goods to the market and boost their economy. She said, We thank our able PresidentMuhammadu Buhari for remembering us, giving us access road to other places.

She added thata journey that used to take them about 5 hours can now be covered within 30 minutes.

It could be recalled that the 304 kilometre Sokoto - Tambuwal -Jega -Kontagora - Makera road in Sokoto and Kebbi States and the Vandeikya -Obudu Cattle Ranch road in Benue and Cross River states were recently commissioned on November 25th and 29th 2021 respectively.

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HOST COMMUNITIES COMMEND FG AS BUHARI COMMISSIONS SOKOTO-TAMBUWAL-KONTAGORA-MAKERA ROAD·

Nov
27
2021

This is the first of many more project Completion and Handovers our country will experience in this season of completion and impact, says Fashola·

Political leaders, Traditional Rulers, Commuters praise FG, Fashola for commitment to infrastructure development, testify to ease of doing business·

We are overwhelmed that despite numerous challenges, this administration has delivered on most of its mandates, Emir of Yauri.

Host communities along the Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Kontagora-Makera Road corridor, Thursday, hailed the Federal Government as President Muhammadu Buhari formally commissioned and opened the road for use calling on commuters to always comply with the nations Highway Code in order for the road and others being built across the country to attain their design life.

And the Minister of Works and Housing, while corroborating the Presidents call,the 304 kilometre road represented the first of many more project Completion and Handovers Nigerians would experience in the next few weeks and months as the nation enters what he described as a season of completion and impact.

The President, who was represented by the Attorney- General and Minister of Justice of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, said as the Federal Government commit to delivering on its promise to give Nigerians good and quality road network, it was incumbent on the people not to abuse the roads in order to enable them service the nation through their design life.

The President, who listed such abuses to includeoverloading of vehicles and trucks, spilling of petroleum products and converting the road shoulders to permanent parking places, explained that while overloading accelerates pavement damage, spilling of petroleum products dissolves the road components and allows water to penetrate. Converting the road shoulders to permanent parking places, he said, 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 President said adding that the commissioned road, which links Sokoto and Kebbi State, has been built to the highest quality of design and workmanship and if well used and not abused, should last for the designed service life.

Saluting all Nigerians who contributed in the construction of the road, President Buhari declared, This road is 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 describing them as 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 four hours before construction has now reduced to two hours since the completion of the road, he said noting that the road also forms part of the many roads to prosperity being constructed across the country because reduced journey times means reduced expense on travel, because time is money.

According to the President, the road also symbolizes change as it includes such road furniture as the lane markings and Route Assurance signs which, he observed, had all but disappeared on our highways, adding his administrations 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.

Citing travel experience on new and well-built roads as another element of change from the old and previously unmotorable roads, Buhari declared, 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, adding that the maximum driving speed on this and other Federal Highways nationwide is100 (ONE HUNDRED) KMand no more.

Formally declaring the road open to traffic, President Buhari reiterated, For your safety and that of other road users, I implore you not to exceed100 KM.We want you alive to witness and be part of the prosperity and promise of Nigeria. I wish you safe and happy motoring.

In his remarks earlier, Fashola listed other roads that would soon be commissioned across the country to include Section II covering 142.2 x 2 (dual) Kilometers between Shuwarin and Azare, connecting Jigawa and Bauchi States, Section III covering 106.3 x 2 Kilometers between Azare and Potiskum , connecting Bauchi and Yobe States, Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch Road covering 24 Kilometres connecting Benue and Cross River States and Nnewe- Uduma- Uburu Road covering 26.27 Kilometers with 14 Kilometers spur to Ishiagu connecting Enugu and Ebonyi States.

The Minister, who said the President had approved that Ministers from the various States where projects have been completed should represent him to perform the handover formalities, added, These projects represent major investment in road Transport infrastructure, which is a commitment of the Buhari administration as a driver for economic growth and prosperity. They are visible and incontrovertible Assets in proof of what Nigerias resources are invested in, from a combination of our earned resources, and borrowings.

This occasion affords another opportunity to acknowledge the impact of the SUKUK funding in the completion of Azare Potiskum, Shuwarin Potiskum and Sokoto-Tambuwal- Kontagora Roads, the Minister said adding that the SUKUK was currently contributing to progress of work on 44 roads across Nigeria and as we complete them, events like this will hold.

He expressed gratitude to the investors in the SUKUK and thankedthe Ministry of Finance, and the members of the National Assembly, especially the Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Works in the 8th and 9th Assembly for their support as well as the Debt Management Office for their role in previous SUKUKS which, according to him, have been most innovative and impactful nationwide, and for the SUKUK still being expected.

Fashola also thanked the Ministrys staff and contractors who have worked very hard to bring these projects to conclusion as well as the host communities for their cooperation without which progress would have been impossible. I hold them out as examples of what peace can achieve, and the investments that collaboration and some sacrifice can deliver if we embrace partnership with Government, he said.

Others to whom the Minister expressed gratitude included the Federal Executive Council, which included all Ministers in the first term and the current term, for their support, the President and Vice President who preside for long hours over the Council meetings and the Governors of Bauchi, Jigawa, Benue, Cross Rivers, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Enugu and Ebonyi, who, according to him bear witness to fruits and the evidence of change by the Buhari administration. Andthere is more to come, he said.

Commending the Federal Government also, the Senator representing Kebbi Central Senator District and Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Senator Adamu Aliero said that since the construction of the road in 1973, it has not undergone any major repair to the extent that it became a death tap. Because of the very bad nature of the road then, about 40 people lost their lives on the road. But thank God that today, the story has changed completely, he said.

He hailed the Federal Government for the other projects being embarked upon in the state and implored them to maintain the projects saying, To whom much is given, much is expected and we expect the good people of Kebbi State to supportour great Party, the APC and the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and demonstrate their support in the next election.

In a similar vein, Honourable Muhammed Shehu Koko, a House of Representative member representing the area commended President Muhammadu Buhari saying that the people of Koko and the entire Kebbi State are very impressed and happy for the road project.

He said, Honourable Minister, as you are aware, Kebbi people are mainly farmers and they have started enjoying the road in moving their farm produces from their farms to the market with ease.

The Emir of Yauri, His Royal Highness, Dr. Muhammad Zayyanu Abdullahi in his own remarks said the rehabilitation of the road was very crucial to the socio-economic development of the people and the neighbouring ECOWAS States.

He acknowledged with gratitude the efforts of the present Government for initiating and completing the rehabilitation works on the road which, according to him, was constructed in the 70s and never received any major rehabilitation work until the tenure of President Buharis administration.

We are overwhelmed that despite numerous competing demands and other global challenges, this administration is able to deliver on most of its mandates and would forever be remembered for fixing our economy, the Traditional Ruler said.

Others who commended the government included the core road users such as the motorists and motorcyclists who said their businesses have been enhanced by the new road.

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SPEECH DELIVERED BY ABUBAKAR MALAMI, SAN AT THE COMPLETION AND HANDOVER OF REHABILITATION OF SOKOTO ...

Nov
25
2021

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


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LET US ALL WORK HARD FOR A PEACEFUL, SAFE NIGERIA, FASHOLA URGES NIGERIANS

Nov
23
2021

·As Minister is decorated with Emblem of the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day

·Says it is the only way to keep alive the memories of those that paid the supreme sacrifice for peace in Nigeria, globally

·Explains promotion of peace as not necessarily absence of conflict, but quick resolution of such conflicts

·Pays tribute to the fallen heroes, their widows and children who continue to serve to promote peaceful co-existence

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, Monday called on Nigerians to join hands with government to promote peace and security in the country saying that it is the only way to keep alive the memories of those compatriots who paid the supreme sacrifice to preserve the peace and unity of the country.

Fashola, who spoke at the Headquarters of the Ministry where he was decorated with the 2022-Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem, said working together for the promotion of peace and security would ensure that the sacrifices made by the fallen heroes were not in vain.

Reiterating the call for the promotion of peace and security among the people, the Minister, who, however, explained that the promotion of peace did not mean the absence of conflicts and disagreement, declared, It is the resolution of those conflicts in a manner that does not lead to conflict that is important.

As human beings with our diversity, we could have so many conflicts and disagreement, but those conflicts must not lead to violence or lead to clashes. Those conflicts must be resolved before the day is over and this is the job that is everybodys responsibility, not only those in government but to all Nigerians, he said.

Fashola pointed out that if all Nigerians choose to live together the issue of conflict resolution would be an easy task adding, And the less conflict we have, the less people who will have to lay down their lives to bring such conflicts to an end, and the less widows and widowers and orphaned children we will have; and the more that happens daily the better our country will be.

Urging all Nigerians, both at home and in the diaspora, to support the course of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, the Minister commended President Muhammadu Buhari for leading from the front at all times the cause of the upkeep of those left behind by the nations fallen heroes adding, Nothing can be too much to support the cause that keeps the veterans and their dependants going.

Welcoming the delegation of the Nigerian Legion led by its Chairman, Major General Jibril (rtd.), Fashola, acknowledged that the occasion was not just about the military but also about the affairs of both those who laid down their lives and those who bear the burden of the sacrifice of our officers and their family members, in this case, widows, who in spite of their grief, continue to support and propagate the values of service in the military.

The Minister, who described the Season of Remembrance as very important, declared, It is a very important season to remind all of us that were it not for the service of some people and their sacrifice in an ultimate way, perhaps our story would have been different. The least we can do to keep the memories of those people alive, to make sure that their sacrifices are not in vain is to continue to work hard to uphold the purpose for which they laid down their lives.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, Major General Jibril said the purpose of their visit was to solicit for assistance from well-meaning Nigerians for the countrys veterans of the various conflicts across the world and in Nigeria as well as their dependants.

Major General Jibil, who said President Buhari launched the Emblem on October 21, 2021, added that the President directed that they should go round to well-meaning Nigerians across the country to support the course by launching the Emblem.

Accompanying the Chairman of the Legion to the occasion were the General Secretary and other top members of the Legion while on the Ministrys side were the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Babangida Hussaini, Directors, Special Advisers and other top Ministry officials.

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26
2021

FASHOLA, MALAMI, ALIERO, GOVERNOR BAGUDU AND OTHERS AT THE COMMISSIONING AND HANDOVER OF SOKOTO - TAMBUWAL - JEGA - KONTAGORA - MAKERA ROAD PHASE I & II IN SOKOTO AND KEBBI STATES AT KOKO/BESSE LGA, KEBBI STATE

Representative of the President and Hon. Minister of Justice and Attorney - General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN (2nd Left), Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (left), Governor of Kebbi State, Mr. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (middle), Chairman, Senate Committee on Works and Senator representing Kebbi Central Senatorial District, Senator Adamu Aliero (right), Chairman, House Committee on Works, Hon. Abubakar Kabir Abubakar (2nd right) and others during the commissioning and Handover of Sokoto - Tambuwal -Jega - Kontagora - Makera Road Phase I & II in Sokoto and Kebbi States on Thursday, 25th November 2021 at Koko/Bese LGA, Kebbi State.

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Dec
02
2021

DR OGBONNAYA ONU, COMMISSIONER FOR WORKS, ENGR. GREG NNAJI  AND OTHERS AT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S COMMISSIONING AND HANDOVER OF NNEWE - ODUMA ROAD, SECTIONS I & II IN ENUGU AND EBONYI STATES

A view of the Nnewe - Oduma Road, Sections I & II in Enugu and Ebonyi States.INSET: Representative of President Muhammadu Buhari and Hon. Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (2nd left), representative of the Hon. Minister of Works & Housing and Director Highways, South East Zone, Engr. Bola Aganaba (left), , Commissioner for Works, Enugu State, Engr. Greg Nnaji(right), Chairman, Oduma Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Igwe Daniel Njoku (2nd right) and others during the Federal Government's commissioning and Handover of  Nnewe - Oduma Road, Sections I & II in Enugu and Ebonyi States at Km 16 Ezinato Ohafia Oduma , Enugu State on Thursday, 2nd December 2021

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