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4 December, 2018

Nigerians Will Remain Grateful To The Fallen Heroes - Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN has Stated that Nigerians will remain ever grateful by remembering the supreme sacrifice paid by our brothers and sister who laid down their lives for the service of our father’s land, Nigeria.

Fashola made the statement, on Monday, in his Mabushi office when he received in audience the National Planning Committee of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC) 2019 who decorated him and also commended him for his immense contributions during the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration.

While been decorated alongside the Minister of State 1 for Power, Works and Housing, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri, Fashola noted that the seeming peace which is being enjoyed in Nigeria is as a result of commitment and sacrifices of our fallen heroes who fought gallantly and fearlessly to defend the integrity of our father land. He however commended the Nigeria Armed Forces for being combatant ready and for exhibiting professionalism at all times.

The Minister maintained that the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration is an important event which should be made more elaborate by calling on all well-meaning Nigerians, friends and well-wishers to contribute generously to an endowment fund that will cater for the families who lost their beloved ones. He also suggested for an improved production and redesigning of the Emblem so as to be more appealing to the eyes while the basics and the fundamental messages remains.

Earlier , Major Issa Abdulhamid who represented the Chairman , National Planning Committee of the 2019 Armed Forces  Remembrance Day Celebration, Major General Edward Chijioke Obi, disclosed that the reason of their visit was to identify with the Ministers in order to raise funds for the families of our fallen heroes and by so doing alleviate their plight and predicaments.
Major Abdulhamid also thanked the Ministers for attending to members of his committee in spite of their busy schedules.

“We Commit To Do More And To Make Your Lives Better”, Fashola Assures Nigerians * Says Administration is gaining momentum and results of Government policies, programmes and action are beginning to manifest * Dedicates ‘Minister of the Year Award’ to President, Vice President, FEC, National Assembly, Judiciary, FMPWH Staff Even as the nation begins to experience a gradual turnaround in its economic fortunes, Minister of Power Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, has assured Nigerians of yet greater things to come saying the Federal Government was committed to making their lives better. Fashola, who was represented in Lagos on Sunday at the 20th City People Awards for Excellence by his Special Adviser on Housing, Mr Abiodun Oki, said although the Government was gaining momentum as the results of its policies, programmes and actions were beginning to manifest, the All Progressive Congress, the architects of Change, knew that the work was not yet done but just beginning adding that even those working in the government also knew that it could be a lot better. The Minister, who was presented the ‘Minister of the Year Award’ at the occasion, dedicated the Award to the entire Government body whom he likened to a football team saying just like in a football march, there would be no good striker, midfielder and defender in a team that did not do well. Dedicating the Award, first to the President Muhammadu Buhari for “picking a team of Ministers whose commitment to change is unquestionable” and the Vice President for demonstrating “his ability to complement this vision of change and his dedication to help midwife it”, Fashola noted that “it is the team and the work they do together that allows any striker, midfielder or defender to thrive”. The Minister declared, “Therefore collective success must be, and is indeed, more important than individual recognition”, adding, “A Government is no different from a football club, to the extent that they comprise individuals of different talents, passions and experiences who must work together to deliver service to the public”. “A successful team is led by a Great and resourceful manager, who often has a dependable assistant. In our Government team, President Muhammadu Buhari has discharged that role effectively by picking a team of Ministers whose commitment to change is unquestionable and the Vice President has demonstrated his ability to complement this vision of change and his dedication to help midwife it. On their behalf I accept this Award”, he said. Acknowledging that every goal scored by a striker was the result of co-ordinated team play, and interchange of passes, Fashola also dedicated the Award to the Federal Executive Council, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Cabinet Office and the Office of the Chief of Staff, saying his Ministry had benefitted from “a well-planned Budget, well-timed cash backing, very massive support and contributions to our Council Memoranda”. And because of their support and cooperation in financing the various projects of his Ministry, Fashola also dedicated the Award “to those who exercise the power of appropriation in the National Assembly” the Senators, House of Representatives members and all their Committee Chairmen, members and staff, adding that they were the real owners of the Award. Others on behalf of whom he accepted the Award, according to the Minister, were the Judiciary “as members of the team of change” without whose prompt and efficient determination of some court cases the progress so far achieved would have been hindered. “No team is complete without the army of backroom staff who we never get to see, but who help the players enormously. The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is blessed with an army of hardworking civil servants, led by two Permanent Secretaries, Directors, the Heads of our parastatals, Deputy Directors, Controllers and other staff who have signed up for change and are daily working towards it. I accept this Award on their behalf”, he said. Reiterating that no individual recognition was worthy of note if the team was not delivering results, Fashola declared, “My Brother, the Hon. Minister of State in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Baba Shehuri and I accept this Award on behalf of Government as proof that our team is gaining momentum, and the results of Government policies, programmes and action are beginning to manifest”. Thanking City People and its management for inspiring the administration to pursue change, the Minister also acknowledged the All Progressive Congress, whom he described as “the architects of Change”, saying that although some significant progress has been made, the Party knew that the work was just beginning. “We the team members also know this. We know that it can be a lot better, we commit to do more and to make your lives better”, he said.
4 April, 2017
Investors In Omotosho Power Plant Commend FG’s Efforts To Solve Gas, Liquidity Issues In Power Sector * As Omotosho Community braces up for supply from Power Plant after years of black out * Managing Director NDPHC assures that the community would be connected before end of April * Fashola seeks factual reporting of Power Sector developments, commends confidence of Nigerian investors in their economy The Managing Director of Omotosho Power Company, Engr. Samuel Itsekiri has commended the Federal Government for the steps being taken address the Gas and liquidity challenges as well as resolving the community issues affecting the performance of the Power Plant. Giving a background of the Omotosho Power Plant after conducting the Hon. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN round during his tour of Projects in the South West zone, the Managing Director said the Power Plant located at the Omotosho Forest Reserve in Okitipupa LGA, was commissioned on April 17, 2007, privatized on November 1, 2013 to Pacific Energy Company Limited, and is “an open cycle gas-turban power plant with a capacity of 335MW”. But, according to him, under local conditions, the capacity is 304MWs, adding with eight turbines at takeover, the availability was very poor. “We had just three units available at that time running at minimal load. But as at today due to the efforts of the Pacific Group, who sourced for funds and the amount of money spent, we are happy to announce to you that the plant records (80) per cent availability”, he said. He told the Minister, “We have all our units running and it might interest you to know that in December 2015 when we had enough gas we generated 307MWs, 2MWs above installed capacity. All the plants are still very healthy. This feat has been possible because of our technical experts”. On some of the constraints the company has, the Managing Director who listed gas as the major one, however, thanked the Minister for the efforts he is making to address it adding that about three months back the company barely ran 1,2 or 3 units at reduced load. “But as at today, because of the efforts you are making and that of the Government, we have six units running at full load and the other two are still available. The gas supply has been improving gradually; so as soon as the gas improves further we will add the other two”, he assured. He commended the Minister for the efforts he is also making to make funds available for Generation Companies like Omotosho disclosing that he just returned from Abuja where he had gone for a meeting and learnt of the efforts the Minister has made to improve their fund supply. On stability, which he also named as another major challenges, the Managing Director expressed delight that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) was now working on it because, according to him, the Minister has given them a marching order to look at it. He added, however, “But that area has not been totally solved because we are still having some few tripping. Last week we still recorded some and this week I heard we’ve recorded one”, expressing joy that the level of tripping was reducing as work goes on. “We believe that in a short time from now that issue will also be resolved”, he said. He thanked the Minister for his intervention on the community issue adding, “The power supply to the host community is an issue that has been there for a long time. But happily about a month ago we drew the attention of the Hon. Minister to it and he has taken it up.  Presently the Niger Delta Power Holding Company is on it. A team visited me about a week ago to assess what is to be done and is being done”. He commended the Minister’s commitment to the “onerous task of providing light for all Nigerians”. After years of blackout in spite of playing host to two power stations (335 Megawatts Omotosho Phase I Power Plant now owned by Pacific Energy Limited and 500MW Megawatts Omotosho Phase II Power Plant developed by Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited), the Omotosho Community will soon be beneficiaries of electricity supply from the Power Plants. Earlier, while speaking with the staff of the company and members of the Omotosho Community at the premises of the company, Fashola disclosed that the Managing Director of Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited, Mr Chiedu Ugbo has assured that the community would be hooked onto the power before the end of April. Fashola, who noted that issue of the local community supply was an inherited problem, explained further that it took some time to solve because government felt that the larger national interest of protecting the power plant transmission substation, commissioned in 2007, was very important just like the need to supply light to the community. The Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited had constructed a 33kV distribution line from the power plant substation to the Omotosho Community. However, it could not be connected because of concerns that distribution faults arising from the line as a consequence of abnormal load connections could damage the Power Transformer in the Power plant substation, which will adversely affect the power plant itself. Assuring the community that the issue was already being addressed, the Minister, said the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) had come to assess the situation and were doing what was necessary. He thanked the Omotosho Community for waiting and for forbearing, adding, “But help and solution is on the way”. Fashola, who described the decision by Pacific Energy Company Limited to invest in the Omotosho Phase 1 Plant as “a big statement of confidence by Nigerians in their economy”, expressed delight that the reality would provide a basis for true and factual reporting for the media. He said the facts as witnessed during the tour proved wrong the tendency of some sections of the media whom he said sometimes indulge in over-generalization that the companies that bought the nation’s power assets were not investing. The Minister declared, “I am happy that some of you the press men are here; because I hope that this will begin to provide the factual basis for your reporting; Because there has been too much generalization of what is happening and what is not happening and it is not helping the public to know the truth and facts from opinions”. “This was an asset when they bought it, as you have seen, some of the turbines were not operational. Today all the turbines are now operational and it means they did something. So it is not correct, as some of you are reporting, that they have not invested any money. So, I think you need to correct that based on your experience”, he said. He, however, explained that while the turbines have been fully repaired they, like the generators, needed fuel which, in this case, is gas adding, “The more gas we get, the more power we will get”. Fashola commended the President, the Vice President, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, the Managing Director NNPC and all of those who are involved in producing and supplying gas and all the private investors “for the work, the commitment that we have seen, the Legislators, the Senators, Members of the House of Representatives and all in the family”. “It is a family event not just our Ministry. Everybody is doing something and we want everybody to do more”, the Minister said adding that in order to achieve  success it was important that those who indulge in breaking the gas pipelines  desist from the act. He declared, “But we must also appeal to our brothers who are breaking the pipelines; because it is important for all of us to understand that we can fix this problem some of which we have seen and which we have solved. There will be no life without problems. Our responsibility is to confront them, engage them and find solutions to them”. Thanking the staff of the company, especially the Nigerian workers, whom he described as “the solution to our problem”, Fashola, who praised them for the work they are doing in the place, declared, “And on behalf of Mr. President I thank you. He continues to tell me to thank all of those who are helping to build Nigeria by working hard; he continues to tell me, ‘everywhere you go, thank them for me’ and I know you are qualified for that thanks from the President”.
31 March, 2017
Fashola Commissions 100 Housing Units, Commends Federal Controllers As Worthy Ambassadors The Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, has commissioned 100 Housing units in Ogbomoso, Oyo State. The Ministerial Housing Scheme was financed by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) in collaboration with Viva International Limited. The Housing Estate is equipped with 50, 000 litres of water supply and reservoirs,  2 nos 500 KVA transformers, lush green recreational areas, fully asphalted road network with street light, walkways and drainages is expected to accommodate about 100 families. The Minister acknowledged that, ‘’though construction of the housing estate started during the tenure of the last administration, but President Buhari has proven that change does not have to be dysfunctional as a result of ideological and political differences by completing this laudable housing project’’. Fashola said that a lot of skill acquisition training programme for artisans are currently on-going in the country which in effect provides about 1,000 job opportunities to artisans who were employed during the construction of this housing project. He added that this present administration will continue to pursue infrastructural development as a way out of the nation’s economic woes. The Minister applauded the present management and the leadership of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) for returning the bank to profitability and disclosed that the mortgage institution returned a surplus of 2.7 billion for the first time in 20 years in 2016. Earlier in his speech, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajumobi represented by the Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Isaac Omodewu commended the efforts of the Federal Government through FMBN in bridging the housing deficit gap in the country. Sen. Ajumobi stated that because housing plays a major role in human development and other sectors of the economy, his government took the initiatives of providing housing loan to Civil Servants in the state and also operates land discount policy to encourage private developers to build in order to add to the housing stock in Oyo State. In his address, the Acting Managing Director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Richard Esin, stated that this estate and other housing estates across the country are financed from the resources of the National Housing Fund (NHF) Scheme. He informed NHF contributors that the Minister has graciously approved that NHF loans of N5 million and below will now attract 100 per cent funding for the purposes of affordability. The Minister also paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajumobi were he briefed the governor on the federal government intervention on housing and road projects in the state. He commended the Federal Controllers of Works and Housing, adding that they are good ambassadors and representatives of the Federal Government who should be accorded necessary support to promote socio-economy development.
28 March, 2017
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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
5 October, 2018

APC CONVENTION SATURDAY, 6TH OCTORBER, 2018

This is to inform FCT Residents, Visitors and Motorists that due to the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress, APC slated for Saturday, 6th October 2018 at the Eagle Square, Abuja, an unusual influx of human and vehicular traffic will be experienced within the city with the attendant traffic congestion in and around the venue of the convention.

To this effect all vehicular movement through Shehu Shagari Way from the early hours of Saturday, 6th October, 2018 to Sunday, 7th October  will be diverted at Ralph Sodeinde Street by Bullet Building to link Central Business District. Motorists will also be diverted at Kur Mohammed Street and Constitution Avenue at Bayelsa House to Central Business District.

Traffic on Ahmadu Bello Way will equally be diverted at Ralph Sodeinde Street by Finance Junction to Central Business District. Motorists will also be diverted at Kur Mohammed Street or Constitution Avenue by Benue Building to link Central Business District.

The Federal Capital Territory Administration have mobilized Officers of the Police, FRSC, FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Service and other relevant Traffic Enforcement Agencies to various flash points to ensure seamless traffic flow.

Parking has been made available at the National Stadium for ALL Delegates coming from outside Abuja from where they will be conveyed to the venue by dedicated Buses.

In the same vein, ALL Delegates from within the FCT should converge at the Old Parade Ground  from where they will be conveyed to the venue.

Please note that parking around the Eagle Square and its environs will not be tolerated as offending vehicles will be removed.

The understanding of the public is hereby solicited

Secretary, Transportation Secretariat
Federal Capital Territory

OTHER NEWS
11 December, 2018

FG Commends Contractors On Quality Of Roads; Advocates For Alternative Funding Sources

The Federal Government has commended contractors handling various road and housing projects in the South South region for doing a good and quality job.

2.      The Honourable Minister of State I for Power, Works and Housing, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri expressed satisfaction on the quality of road   rehabilitation and construction, as well as the construction of mass houses under the present administration,  since its inception three years ago. He added that contractors are now fully back to sites with attendant effects on rejuvenating the economy and enhancing human capital development.

3.      Shehuri noted that in tackling infrastructural deficits across the country, there is a dire need for alternative and innovative sources of funding beside the usual annual budgetary allocations, adding that government is presently using the SUKUK (bond) funding option and Public - Private - Partnerships (PPP) to bridge infrastructural gaps in the country.

4.      The Minister stated this in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State during a working tour to the South South geopolitical zone to inspect ongoing projects being embarked upon by the Ministry.

5.      Earlier in his tour, the Minister inspected the Dualisation of Lokoja – Benin road, Section II: Okene – Auchi, Section III: Auchi – Ehor, as well as Section IV: Ehor – Benin City.

6.     He also visited the ongoing Dualisation of  Sapele - Ewu road, sections I and II, Sapele - Agbor and Agbor - Ewu, respectively.

7.      The Honourable Minister expressed satisfaction in the level and quality of work being carried out, especially in Bayelsa state inspite of the difficult terrain. He said this while inspecting ongoing construction works on Yenegwe – Okaki – Kolo road and the Dualisation of Yenegwe Road Junction – Kolo – Otuoke – Bayelsa Palm road.

8.      While in Rivers State, the Federal Controller of Works, Engr. J. O. Fadire briefed the Minister on the progress of work on the Rehabilitation of Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway, Section IV, Aba - Port Harcourt, as well as the 39 - kilometre Bodo – Bonny road with bridges across Afa, Opobo and Nanabie Creeks, the only one to link the Ogoni people with Bonny Island.

9.     Engr. Fadire stated that though there are challenges affecting the pace of work such as  the environment, compensation and youth restiveness,  he, however, commended the contractor, Messrs Julius Berger (Nig.) Ltd. for the progress made within a short period of time. He further assured the Minister that the project will be delivered as scheduled because funding is not an issue as the major financiers, Messrs NLNG Ltd. is committed.

10.     The Minister visited the  construction sites of houses under the National Housing Programme (NHP), the second of its kind in the history of the nation since the President Shagari Low Cost Housing of the early 1980s, in Benin City, Edo State, Asaba, Delta State, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and Calabar, Cross Rivers State. He also inspected the ongoing construction of the Federal Secretariat in Yenegoa, Bayelsa, where the Federal Controller of Housing in the State assured the Minister that the project will be completed by February, next year.

11.    Hon. Shehuri noted that with the construction of these affordable Mass Housing Estates across the country, the present government is delivering on its campaign promise of bridging the housing deficit in the country, creating jobs and  generating wealth.

12.    The Phase I of the NHP projects, according to the Minister, have reached advance stages of completion and will be due for commissioning in the first quarter of next year, stressing that the houses are for all interested illegible Nigerians.

13.     The Minister further disclosed that the procurement processes for the second phase of the Programme will soon be concluded and contracts awarded for its commencement in all the states that have provided the Ministry with land.

14.     During the course of the Tour of Duty, the Honourable Minister also visited the 132 KVA Transmission Substations at Uyo and Calabar in Akwa Ibom and Cross River States, respectively, where the present Government installed and commissioned an additional 1 * 60 MVA Transformer each, in April.

15. While conducting the Minister round the Uyo Facility, the General Manager, Port Harcourt Region of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Engr. Solomon Uyouko lamented that out of the 144 megawatts capacity of the transmission infrastructure, the DisCo utilise a meagre 2% daily, leaving most of the generated and transmitted power idle.

16. The story is almost similar at the 132 KVA Transmission Substation in  Calabar, where the Acting Assistant General Manager, Engr. Nasiru Bello stated that out of the 192 megawatts  transmitted daily, the DisCo evacuates between 20 - 30%.

17.      Commenting on the unfortunate state of power distribution infrastructure in the country, Hon. Shehuri said the present scenario is unacceptable, while admonishing the DisCos to up their game or pave way for those with requisite capacities. He further urged Nigerians to start blaming the DisCos for lack of electricity, not the Federal Government.

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SPEECHES
16 November, 2018

Third Year Progress Report As Delivered By H.E Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN At The Conference Room Of The Ministry Of Power,Works And Housing

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, Saturday the 10th day of November 2018 was the 3rd anniversary of the day when President Buhari inaugurated the current Federal Executive Council and announced the merger of the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing into one new ministry, on the 11th November, 2018.

Shortly after the inauguration and specifically on the 8th day of December 2015, I addressed members of the public in a statement titled “Setting the Agenda for Delivering Change” in which I set out what we inherited, what we plan to do, and what members of the public should expect from us.

For the sake of consistency, let me refresh your memories by repeating some of what I said about each sector, as a benchmark for assessing our progress in the report which I will present shortly.

With regard to our mandate on power supply, I promised that we will improve on the gas supply, increase the transmission capacity, pay MDA debts and generally improve your experience with power supply, first by getting incremental power, then proceed to stable power and hopefully reach uninterrupted power.

With regard to works, I said:

“As at May 2015, many contractors have stopped work because of payment and many fathers and wives employed by them have been laid off as a result. The possibility to return those who have just lost their jobs back to work is the kind of change that we expect to see…”

And with regard to Housing, I said:

“The Housing Sector presents an enormous opportunity for positively impacting the economy to promote not only growth but inclusion.”

I also said that:

“Government will lead the aggressive intervention to increase supply” starting with a pilot.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of my colleagues, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri and Surveyor Suleiman Hassan Zarma, the Honourable Ministers of State who manage this ministry with me, the Permanent Secretaries; Mohammed Bukar for Works and Housing; Louis Edozien, for Power, the Directors and all the staff of the ministry, the heads of our various parastatals and their staff, I am proud and happy to report that we have walked our talk, and we have delivered visible results and recorded qualitative progress.

With regard to power, we have improved on what we met, by increasing generation from 4000 MW to 7000 MW, transmission from 5000 MW to 7000 MW and distribution from 2690 MW to 5,222 MW.

Our work is clearly not finished, and we are still in the process of delivering additional:

 

* Generation from Kaduna 215MW, Afam IV 240MW, Kashimbilla     40MW, Gurara 30MW, Dadinkowa 29MW, power for 9 universities, 15 markets and 2 big Hydro power plants of 700MW in Zungeru and 3,050MW in Mambilla.

* Transmission from 90 projects nationwide with Apo, Mayo Belwa, Damaturu, Maiduguri, Odogunyan and Ejigbo being recently completed ones.

* Distribution through over 100 injection sub-stations and a distribution expansion programme to be funded by the Federal Government now in an advanced state of procurement.

 

Although there are still people we have not reached, although there are still disruptions from time to time, and although there are still people who also need meters, and we are working to reach them, it is indisputable that we have delivered on incremental power.

The evidence of our progress is not only captured in the last quarter of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Report for Q2 of 2018 which shows a growth of 7.5% in the electricity sector, previous quarterly reports from 2017, have consistently recorded growth, a clear departure from 2014-2015 and proof of change.

As I promised you in my inaugural address, it will not just be electricity by numbers, it will be borne out by personal experiences.

The report of our survey and feedback mechanism confirm that many of you now have public power for longer hours compared to 2015, and you now run generators for shorter periods compared to 2015 and you now spend less money on diesel to power your generators.

As some Citizens recently reported, they no longer have to iron all their clothes one week in advance as they previously used to do, because the supply is proving reliable and predictable even if not yet fully Stable and uninterrupted.

This is progress that we must move forward by consolidating on our mandate of change. We cannot go back.

As our policies on Mini Grids, Meter Asset Provider, Eligible Customer, and liquidity sustenance and improved governance deepens, your experience with power supply can only get better.

Our progress report on public works relating to roads and bridges also confirms that we have fulfilled our promise.

We have recovered the thousands of jobs that were lost to public works.

This recovery is the result of   an expansive infrastructure spending that saw works budget grow from N18.132b in 2015 to N394b in 2018.

The outcome is that there is not one state in Nigeria today where the Federal Government is not executing at least one road project and construction workers are engaged on these sites.

Difficult or abandoned projects like the 2nd Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the Bodo-Bonny Bridge have been brought back to life.

Sections of Ilorin-Jebba, Sokoto to Jega, Sokoto-Ilela have been completed, while progress of works continues nationwide from Jada to Mayo Belwa, Enugu to Port Harcourt, Lagos to Otta, Ikorodu to Shagamu, Benin to Okene, Lokoja to Abuja, Kano to Maiduguri, Abuja – Kaduna, Kano to mention a few.

Apart from recovered construction jobs and growth in construction sector of the economy, the feedback from road users is that the journey times are reducing on the completed roads.

Only last week a commuter sent a text message to me that he travelled from Warri to Lagos in Five and Half hours.

This is what we promised in my inaugural address.

That journey used to take a whole day before President Buhari was elected and sometimes people slept on the Road. We cannot go back to that era. We are determined to move forward.

We acknowledge that the work is not finished, but as long as we remain able to finance the projects, I have no doubt that it will get better.

Our intervention on roads does not stop on interstate highways. It has also entered 14 Federal Universities where unattended internal roads are now receiving attention in:

1.   University of Nigeria, Nsukka;
2.   Federal University Oye, Ekiti,
3.   University of Benin,
4.   Federal University, Lafia
5.   Fed University, Otuoke Bayelsa
6.   Bayero University Kano
7.   Federal University of Technology Owerri  (FUTO)
8.   University of Maiduguri
9.   Federal University, Lokoja
10. Federal Polytechnic Bauchi
11. Federal University, Gashua
12. Kaduna Polytechnic
13. Federal College of Education Katsina
14. University College Ibadan

This is the First Phase under the 2017 Budget and we are preparing to do more under the 2018 Budget.

It is important to highlight this intervention and the 9 (Nine) Indepedent Power projects in Federal Universities as an investment in Education for the benefit of those who seek more funding for education.

As we build roads, we are also attending to old or damaged bridges and restoring the value of maintenance.

So, while the Loko -Oweto Bridge is nearing completion, the damaged Tatabu Bridge linking Ilorin and Jebba has been reconstructed and the Tamburawa Bridge in Kano, the Isaac Boro Bridge in Rivers, Eko Bridge in Lagos and the Old Niger Bridge that links Anambra and Delta are receiving regular maintenance attention.

As for housing, permit me to start with public buildings like Federal Secretariats in Zamfara, Bayelsa, Nasarawa and Ekiti where public works are being undertaken, and to mention the Zik Mausoleum in Onitsha which has now been practically completed.

Let me also point out that our pilot National Housing Programme has led to a nationwide Housing Construction being undertaken in the 34 states where we have received land.

No less than 1,000 people are employed on each site apart from the staff of the successful contractors.

These sites are an  ecosystem of human enterprise, where artisans, vendors, suppliers and craftsmen converge to partake of opportunities and contribute to nation building.

These are some of the most vulnerable people for whom President Buhari has delivered.

Our parastatals like the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) and the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) are also contributing.

Policies like the reduction of equity contribution from 5% to 0% for those seeking mortgage loans of up to N5million, and reduction  from 15% to 10% for those seeking loans over N5million are helping to ease access to housing.

The ministry is also tackling the backlog of issuance of consent  and Certificates of Occupany to Federal Government land.

A total of 1,216 Application for Consent to transfer interests in Land application and 1,300 Certificates of occupancy have been approved and signed respectively as at 25th October 2018.

Some of these transactions started over a decade ago and those just getting certificates acquired their properties years back but never got title.

You will go a long way back in our history to find out when a Federal Government set out such clear objectives and is able to come back to show its progress report.

As you all know, we are now in the month of November and heading to the end of the year.

What this means is that festivity, end of year activity and consequent movement of goods and services will put pressure on our roads nationwide.

Our Ember month planning committee, working with FRSC and FERMA have been meeting to prepare themselves to make your movement during this period as conducive as the circumstances will permit.

FRSC will deploy their personnel across the major transport corridors of the country during this period of heavy movement to help manage traffic.

They have committed to setting up 9 camps and 18 help areas across the zones to provide support and help to commuters in need.

The ministry staff have identified 53 critical roads requiring intervention while construction is going on in order to move traffic and we will be working with our contractors to provide relief gangs.

We are also deploying the Zonal Directors to their zones of responsibility until this period of peak traffic subsides.

What is true of pressure on roads at the end of the year is true of pressure on the power supply with the heat and weather change that comes with end of the year.

There will be increased demand for water and cooling in dry and hot weather which translates to increased demand for electricity in our homes, offices, and other places of activity.

Our ember month team have been set up to keep the supply on and, where possible, increase it to meet demand.

We have prepared for the worst and we now hope for the best.

The success of our plans now depend on the cooperation of road users who must drive carefully and energy users who must comserve energy when not needed.

Ladies and gentlemen, we came to this job in November 2015 with a mountain to climb.

With careful thinking, planning, and a dedicated team of public officers, we have a firm foothold on our way to the top.

Our policies have shown what is possible with critical sectors recording growth.

What remains is time that it takes for the full harvest of the fruits of our policies in plenitude and prosperity of our people.

We cannot go back to the bottom of the mountain when the plateau is now within reach.

Let me conclude by wishing you all a Merry Christmas in and a prosperous 2019 in advance and assure you of our readiness to continue   to serve you.

Thank you for listening.

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing

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11 December, 2018

FASHOLA NGIGE INSPECT THE ZIK MAUSOLEUM AND CONFERENCE CENTRE BUILT IN HONOUR OF THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA LATE RT HON NNAMDI AZIKIWE IN ONITSHA ANAMBRA STATE

Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN 2nd right Hon Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige 2nd left the Federal Controller of Housing in Anambra State Mr Nwachukwu Achebe and others during the inspection of the completed Zik Mausoleum and Conference Centre built in honour of the first President of Nigeria Late Rt Hon Nnamdi Azikiwe in Onitsha Anambra State on Monday 10th December 2018

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11 December, 2018

FASHOLA INSPECTS THE ONGOING REHABILITATION OF OUTSTANDING SECTIONS OF ONITSHA ENUGU EXPRESSWAY ENUGU AMANSEA STATE BORDER IN ENUGU STATE AND UMUNYA AMAWBIA SECTION IN ANAMBRA STATE

Work in Progress Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN right speaking to media men shortly after inspecting the ongoing Rehabilitation of Outstanding Sections of Onitsha Enugu Expressway Enugu Amansea Enugu State border in Enugu State and Umunya Amawbia Section in Anambra State on Monday 10th December 2018

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