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14 January, 2019

Mambila Power Project : The Fictional Allegations Of Leno Adesanya  Contradict Logic

The attention of the Hon. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN has been drawn to the spurious and unfounded allegations of Leno Adesanya with regards to the ongoing Mambilla Power Project.

It has therefore become necessary to debunk the lies and resist the unjustified and malicious attack on the person of the Hon. Minister, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN and save the innocent members of the public from the rather misleading and offensive publication widely circulating in various media platforms, authored and sponsored by Mr Adesanya  in order to damage good name and  reputation of the Minister to  claim   undue  credit and attract unwarranted   attention  and  sympathy.

Nothing is more further away from the truth than the claim that the loan negotiations have stalled since 2017 because of an attempt to utilize $600 Million (equivalent of N219 Billion) from the 3,050MW hydropower project for a “pet project” not hitherto considered by the Federal Executive Council.

There is currently no budgetary provision or cash provision of $600 million or the N219 Billion in any budget of the Federal Government for the Mambila Project.

Therefore you cannot attempt to divert what does not exist.

For the avoidance of doubt, the China Exim Bank disburse money to specific projects and on conclusion of negotiations, the loan will be devoted to the construction of the Mambila Power Project, which has been on the drawing board for close to 40 years before the advent of the Buhari administration which is now working assiduously to get the project off the ground.

The latest publication of fictional claims by Mr. Leno Adesanya in a national daily and the social media is the desperate attempt by him and his political sympathisers to destabilize a project that they could not bring to fruition.

The antics of Leno Adesanya and his ilk would readily explain why the project has taken so many years without lift-off.

Since Mr. Adesanya has chosen to go to court, he would be required to prove his baseless allegation in court.

The Federal Executive Council which is the highest decision making organ of the Executive Arm of Government never awarded a contract for the project to Mr Adesanya.

The allegation with regard to stalling the Mambilla project is  untrue , baseless and a figment of Adesanya's imagination .  The events and relevant facts will show that because Mr. Fashola first presented a memo on the Mambilla Power Project to the Federal Executive Council in August 2017; which was the first ever Federal Executive Council approval given to the Mambilla project in favour of a Chinese Joint venture.

The Minister has also accompanied the President twice to China on trips that had the project as one of the headline agenda.

The Hon. Minister in June 2018 attended, alongside officials of the Ministry of Finance, a meeting of the China Exim Bank to negotiate the terms of the loan for the project further.

And only this week, after the Federal Executive Council meeting, he briefed Nigerians about the approval of contracts for surveyors to demarcate the areas for the project.

These are the first contracts to start preparatory work on the project after 40 years delay.

These actions are not consistent with delay falsely being alleged against the Minister by Mr Adesanya.

Indeed, available evidence does not support the claims of Leno Adesanya and well-meaning Nigerians will be well advised to ignore him.

We hereby state, that no amount of negative effort to distract, intimidate or threaten the Hon. Minister in the performance of his duties in line with the pledge of the present Government to the Nigerian people on the provision of adequate infrastructure in all relevant sectors of the economy will succeed.

Fashola Eulogizes Colleague For Outstanding Performance The Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, on behalf of the management and staff of the ministry has congratulated the newly appointed Minister of Environment, Surv. Suleiman Hassan Zarma, mnis, who until his appointment by Mr President, was the Minister of State II for Power, Works and Housing. Fashola eulogized the outgoing Minister of State II for his outstanding performance and display of discretion at which he carried out tasks and assignments within the shortest period he served in the Ministry. In his farewell statement, Fashola said ‘you have done very well here and we wish you very well for what you are going to do in the Ministry of Environment, we will miss you dearly, even though you are leaving us in the ministry, we will not leave you alone.’’ He added that the Minister will still be relevant to the Ministry because in building roads, power and housing projects; it will require environmental impact assessment studies, survey planning and social settlements plans. The Minister stated this at the valedictory session held in honour of Surv. Suleiman Hassan Zarma, who is now a substantive Minister to the Ministry of Environment following his pronouncement and appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari. Fashola noted Mr President’s commitment to the cleaning up of the oil spillage in Ogoni Land for the benefit of the people in that region and the country at large and therefore solicited the cooperation of the Ministry of Environment and the newly appointed Minister to achieve this huge project. Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Works and Housing sector, Mohammed Bukar and his counterpart in the Power Sector, Engr. Louis Edozien noted that Surv. Zarma was an embodiment of managerial competence, hardwork and a model to be emulated, adding that his adaptation to work since assumption of duty is amazing and marked with outstanding achievements. There were good will messages from Directors and Top Management team, attesting and eulogizing the former Minister of State II for his brilliant contributions to the ministry and the nation at large. In his response, Zarma appreciated the Honorable Minister, Permanent Secretaries, Directors of the Ministry and other Top Management for their kind words. According to him, ‘’I have benefited so much from the wealth of experience from Mr Fashola throughout my stay at the ministry,’’ adding that the knowledge and experienced gained in the ministry will certainly assist him in his new assignment to bring about the desired impact. He also thanked the Permanent Secretaries and Directors of the ministry for their loyalty and unwavering support shown to him and prayed for God’s guidance in the discharge of duties in everyone’s various fields of endeavor. The Minister is expected to resume work at the Ministry of Environment with immediate effect.
21 December, 2018
Fashola Reiterates FG’s Commitment To Infrastructural Development The Honorable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN has reiterated the commitment of President Mohammadu Buhari’s Administration to providing basic infrastructure needed for the overall development of the entire nation. Fashola disclosed this Yesterday in his Mabushi Office when he received in audience the Executive Governor of Osun State, His Excellency, Adegboyega Oyetola who paid him a courtesy call. He described Adeboyega Oyetola as a brother and friend whom he shared common ideas with, adding that they never knew that divine providence would have them in exalted positions as Governor and minister respectively While congratulating him for his emergence as the Governor of Osun State, he wished him the very best in Office as Adegboyega enunciates his various programmes to develop Osun State. He also assured him of his readiness to assist the Governor when called upon. Earlier, the Governor disclosed that the purpose of his visit was to plead for the refund on the Federal roads his state has rehabilitated on behalf of the Federal Government. He specifically solicited for the speedy completion of the Iwo –Oshogbo road, the Oshogbo-Ilogbo-Ogbomosho road and the Oshogbo-Ilesha road which are under construction but becoming impassable, stressing that the present condition of the roads has paralysed the economic activities in the state. He further requested for the rehabilitation and upgrading of Dams in the state in order to generate power. He called for the Ministry’s support in Rural Electrification and completion of the construction of Primary Health Centres within the State. The programme was attended by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Works and Housing Sector),Mohammed Bukar and his counterpart in Power and Housing Sector Engr. Louis Edozie, Directors of the Ministry and it’s Agencies.
18 December, 2018
Infrastructure: Buhari Creating Wealth, Securing The Future, Building Foundation For Employment, Prosperity – Fashola * As Minister inspects the Loko  Oweto Bridge, connecting Road amidst praises from beneficiary communities * Says project is uniting people, Loko-Oweto  farming communities, Traditional Rulers, the country * Describes Infrastructure as most dependable fortress against tomorrows bad weather The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, has described infrastructure as the foundation for national prosperity and unity saying it is the most dependable fortress against tomorrow’s bad weather, bringing people together and laying the foundation for job creation, economic growth and agricultural development among others. Fashola, who spoke at the Loko-Oweto Bridge and road project site while on the inspection of the project, said by investing in infrastructure renewal, President Buhari was creating wealth and securing the future of Nigeria as well as building a solid foundation for employment and for prosperity. The Minister, who had earlier inspected projects in Anambra and Benue States,  told the large and excited gathering of the Loko and Oweto Communities, including Traditional Rulers, who gathered at the project site as early as 8.00 a.m. to receive him, “President Buhari has demonstrated commitment to infrastructure renewal, building roads and bridges like the Loko-Oweto Bridge, the Loko – Oweto Road, the Enugu-Otukpo Road, the Township Road in Otukpo, the Second Niger Bridge, the Federal Secretariat in Awka. That is the foundation for prosperity”. “Infrastructure built the American Nation out of the Great Depression and Recession; whether it is the Second World War or Marshal Plan in Europe; whether it is the ascent of the Chinese Empire today, the backbone is infrastructure-Road and Rail and Airports. It was after that they could host the Beijing Olympics to show off what they had built”, the Minister said. Reiterating that infrastructure is the foundation of unity, Fashola declared, “It is an unfailing foundation. It is the most dependable fortress against tomorrow’s bad weather, tomorrow’s oil prices going back and forth. Once you invest in what President Buhari is doing, that is what creates wealth, that is what secures the future; that is the foundation for wealth, for employment, for prosperity”. The Minister thanked the contractors, Messrs Reynolds Construction Company (RCC), and Federal Controllers of Works for Benue, Engr.  Celestine Shausu and Nasarawa State, Engr. Wasiu Adetayo Taiwo  as well as the Director North Central, Engr. Dayyabu Mamman for their untiring work in helping to rebuild the country adding, “Work continues here. If you hear those (politically opposed) people tell you that the country is divided tell them they divided it. If they had built this road, there would have been unity”. “This road unites two traditional rulers-the Ada Agatu (of the Agatu Community of Oweto in Benue State)  and the Mai Loko (of the Loko Community in Nasarawa State) . It is uniting farmers; so infrastructure is the basis for national unity. It brings people together, it brings prosperity, it is the foundation for jobs, it is the foundation for Agriculture, it is the foundation for industry and this is what President Buhari is committed to. Very soon and very soon this road and this bridge will connect and unite Nigerians forever irrevocably”, he said. Earlier, while welcoming the Minister to the site, the Federal Controller of Works, Nasarawa State, Engr.  Wasiu Adetayo Taiwo explained that the Loko-Oweto Bridge connects Nasarawa State at Loko with Benue State at Oweto adding that the Bridge has reached 91 per cent completion; the main bridge is 1.835 kilometre length while the smaller bridge is 220 metres bringing the total length to 2.055 km. He said the contractor has been doing a good job on the project pointing out that the Loko bound (Eastern) portion of the bridge had been completed including the parapet walls and the walkways and other accessories while the Oweto (Western) portion has just about three pier axis to be connected to round off work on it. According to him, the two smaller bridges had been completed structurally leaving only the connecting roads from Oweto and to link it to the Loko Road coming from the other side. He said the road, when completed, would reduce travel time to the South Eastern part of the country by not less than two hours adding that it would be the best road linking the South Eastern borders with people of the Northern Central and the entire Northern zone. “It will also increase agricultural produce and, as you know, the people of this area are agrarian. So it is going to be a very big achievement for the Federal Government and the Loko and Oweto people”, the Controller said adding that trade would be enhanced especially in agricultural produce as traders across the country would have reduced travel time and better travel experience connecting the communities to purchase the commodities. Other community leaders who spoke at the brief but impressive briefing of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing and his Agriculture and Rural Development counterpart, Chief Audu Ogbe, were the Traditional Ruler of Loko, Mai Loko Abubakar Ahmed Sabo, the Chairman of Oweto Community, Mrs. Achoda Comfort  Alhassan and the President, Oweto Farmers, Ada Agatu Chief Godwin Onah all of whom testified that the project has impacted positively on the two communities and commended the Buhari administration’s resolve to complete the Bridge. The contract for the construction of Loko-Oweto Bridge was awarded to R.C.C. Nigeria Limited on November 2, 2011 with an initial completion period of 48 months but take off was delayed by issues bordering on change of project alignment which affected the original design. The change in alignment/design was aimed at relocating the bridge closer to Loko-Oweto communities with the attendant economic benefits, reduce length of approach roads from 22.4 kilometres to about 6 km and its diversion from swampy terrain, reduce proximity to Guto-Bagana Bridge and increase the original bridge height necessitated by the impact of the 2012 nationwide severe flooding during the rainy season of that year which presented a new High Water Level. Aside the bridge construction, the works also include the construction of 3,850 metre-long approach road at Loko end, 3,090 metre-long approach road at Oweto end, and 550 metre-long road linking the two bridges at the Island separating the Southern and Northern bridges. The overall progress is 91per cent.
17 December, 2018
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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
23 October, 2017

Shehuri Solicits Support From Development Partners

The Minister of State  for Power, Works and Housing, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri has solicited for more support from Development Partners in the areas of technical and financial assistance to help his Ministry fully implement the Power Sector Recovery Plan (PSRP) initiatives.

Shehuri stated this at a meeting between Officials of the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), in his office.

The Minister disclosed that the crux of the meeting was to appraise progress made on the implementation of the Power Sector Recovery Plan (PSRP) embarked upon by the Ministry as an integral part of the Nigeria Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (NERG).

Shehuri lamented the challenge being faced by the sector as that of strengthening the Distribution Infrastructure within the electricity value-chain in order to make it perform optimally.

The Minister revealed that with the support of the Development Partners especially, the African Development Bank (AfDB), generation and transmission capacities in the country has increased to an all-time high of 7,001MW and 6, 800MW respectively. He added that the only area that needs more attention from the Development Partners is that of expansion of distribution network.

The Minister commended the African Development Bank (AfDB), while assuring them of Federal Government’s co-operation on the full implementation of the Power Sector Recovery Plan (PSRP).

Earlier on, the Leader  of the delegation from  the AfDB and Chief Evaluation Officer, Penelope Jackson, said the objectives  of the meeting with the Ministry is to assess the level of achievement so far recorded in the implementation of the Power Sector Recovery Plan (PSRP), which the Bank supports.

In attendance at the Meeting were the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector) Lious Edozien, Directors of the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector),Leader of the Implementation Team of the PSRP and representatives of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and Rural Electrification Agency (REA), among others.

 

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Speeches
13 March, 2018

Remarks By H.E, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN At The 25th Monthly Power Sector Operators Meeting Held In Uyo

I welcome you all once again to our monthly meeting, and I thank our hosts Ibom Power and the Government and people of Akwa Ibom.

I am happy to again chair this month’s meeting because our Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP), the set of policies, actions and programmes meant to solve the Power Sector problems, continues to make progress and deliver results.

Over the last one month since our last meeting, I am pleased to report the following progress.

A) Financial: We have secured the World Bank approval for $486 Million TCN transmission expansion funding, while progress is being made with the same bank for the Rural Electrification and Distribution Expansion Funding.

B) Operational: TCN has completed the following sub-station transmission expansion to improve their capacity to supply power to the DisCos : Uyo, Calabar, Keffi, Karu, Abeokuta, Nasarawa to mention a few.

C) Distribution: While it is no longer news that we have reached a 7,000 MW Generation Capacity and have a 5,000 MW Distribution Capacity, what is newsworthy is that in the last month, we have met with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), DisCos, and GenCos on how to implement the Eligible Customer Policy and increase connectivity to the 2,000 MW that is available.

The meeting was productive and we are seeing positive responses. Reports reaching me indicate that what is outstanding is an agreement on the tariffs that will be paid by the eligible customer.

In many parts of the country connected to the grid, citizen feedback is positive, even though all the problems are not solved. Citizens acknowledge more power in dry weather, reduced hours of running their generators and reduction in fuel (diesel and petrol) purchase to power generators.

D) Off-Grid Power: In terms of off-grid supply, I am happy to report that citizens are already embracing the mini-grid policy and regulations to provide power for different uses.
    i) In Ogun State, a renewable energy project was completed and commissioned last month.
    ii) In Kano State, I commissioned a 73KW Solar Hybrid System developed by Rumbu Industries to support its mat production in a factory that employs 1,400 people.
    iii) Within the same period in Kano, I inspected the Solar system being deployed in Sabon Gari Market, that has 12,000 shops.  About 3,000 shops have registered, and 486 shops have been connected to cheaper and more efficient solar power. More shops are being wired by 120 technicians employed by the project.
    iv) In Abia State, work has commenced to connect and meter 31,000 shop owners in Ariaria Market to cleaner and more efficient power.
    v) We are moving away from theorizing about power to actual provision of efficient power to support trade and business, especially small and medium enterprises, who are the drivers of our economy.

E) Meter Asset Provider: On the meter supply side, I am happy to announce that NERC has concluded the Regulations that will provide the framework to license a new class of meter asset providers to complement the efforts of DisCos to supply meters to citizens.

Government decision to pursue an out-of-court settlement on a meter contract awarded since 2003, which was held up in Court until 2017, has made available about N39 Billion to kick off this process.

I am aware that Yola DisCo is already positioning to take up 400,000 meters once the contract and process formalities are concluded. I am told that Abuja, Ibadan, Kano, Ikeja and Benin DisCos are also embracing the initiative, which has reserved a 30% local content for the meters to be supplied under the Regulations.

Ladies and Gentlemen, our incremental power initiative is well underway. Some results are manifesting, and the promise of steady power is real. If we persevere, I am certain that we will witness uninterrupted power, which is the final destination of our journey.

But (and this is a big BUT), our journey will not be without difficulties, and some of them are self-made.

Lately, I have read reports that some Generation Companies (GenCos) (not Ibom Power) have gone to court, filing claims against the Government. That is their right and their prerogative. It is better than self-help, and it is consistent with the rule of law, which underpins our democracy.

While they seek refuge in a court of law, they must be ready to face scrutiny in the court of public opinion.

The court of public opinion is a court of conscience and morality. In the court of public opinion, they must be ready to tell the citizens how they felt when other groups went to court to stop the implementation of Tariffs approved by NERC in 2016.

They must explain to this public court whether they went to court before government approved a N701 Billion payment Assurance Guarantee to pay their monthly power bills.

They must disclose to this court that they owed debts, from the pre-Buhari era, because their income had reduced to less than 50%.

They must disclose to this court that they now receive about 80% income, and that this Government is now paying them revenues collected from international customers from the Republics Benin, Niger and Togo, in Dollars, as against the Naira payment they used to receive.

In both courts, they must disclose how they felt when some DisCos went to court to stop the enforcement of Provision of Promissory Notes, which was a condition that denied them access to the CBN NEMSF low interest loans.

They must tell the court of public opinion that the reason for going to court is because Government is making 100% payment to a new GenCo who has a different contract with a Partial Risk Guarantee, which they do not have.

They must also disclose to both courts that they held a meeting with Government and tabled their demands, which Government promised to look into one week before they went to court.

They must, in good conscience, tell the two courts whether one week was enough time, to go to court and whether this action at the time when the sector is making progress does not suggest an intention to blackmail Government and hold the citizens hostage.

Let me say very clearly to all operators that I get reports of many of the clandestine meetings that some of them are holding with a view to disrupt supply for political capital.

I will close by imploring those that are truly ready to run the business they have acquired voluntarily to continue to do so with the assurance of Government support and partnership.

As for those who entered the business without understanding it, please brace up for hard work and help us rebuild this country.

Those who choose to hide temporarily in the courts of law can do so, but the court of public opinion will scrutinize you and its verdict may be very scathing, unkind, and enduring.

I say this because you may not have noticed that Nigerians are increasingly taking their destiny in their hands.

This is the essence of privatization. If you bother to look up and around you, you will see solar panels on rooftops. The mini grid regulations allow them to procure 1MW without license. This is bigger than what many traditional generators supply. There is no law that compels them to take public power.

I am not afraid of the law courts, and will meet you there to vigorously defend our position.

Thank you for listening.

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

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Photo News
30 December, 2018

FASHOLA DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE ETOMI LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2018

Hon Minister of Power Works Housing and Keynote Speaker Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN right Principal Partner GEPLAW Mr George Etomi midle shortly after the Etomi Leadership Conference 2018 with the theme If Not Us Who If Not Now When at the Grand Junction Room Landmark Towers Water Corporation Rd Victoria Island Lagos on Friday 28th December 2018

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18 December, 2018

FASHOLA RECEIVES GOVERNOR STATE OF OSUN MR ISIAKA GBOYEGA OYETOLA ON COURTESY VISIT IN ABUJA

Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN right Permanent Secretary Power Engr Louis Edozien left and Governor State of Osun Mr Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola middle in a group photograph shortly after a meeting on State of Osun s infrastructural development at the Ministry of Power Works and Housing Headquarters Mabushi Abuja on Monday 17th December 2018

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