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22 May, 2018

FG Commences Rehabilitation of Ikorodu-Sagamu Road, Says It Will Boost Economy

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Monday said the rehabilitation of the Ikorodu-Sagamu Road would boost agriculture and the economy of Lagos. Fashola said the road was strategic to industrailisation and agricultural development which were the priorities of the Buhari administration. He added that the road was strategic and would promote the growth of agricultural activities, boost business for industries in the axis and create employment opportunities. He listed the Odogunyan Industrial Estate, the NNPC Mosimi Depot and other firms as some of the beneficiaries of the project.

“The present government is very strong on agric and very strong on industrialisation and, indeed, on energy,” he said. According to him, the project had a national outlook and urged politicians to shun sentiments and focus on the developmental goals when constructing projects. “President Muhammadu Buhari has said I should tell you that not only are you getting Ikorodu-Sagamu Road, work has also started on Lagos-Ota Road to Abeokuta. And work would continue on Lagos-Ibadan expressway. “And if we get approval in the 2018 budget, hopefully, we would be able to start work on the last part of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway,” he said. He said the contractors’ first priority was to stabilise the road before the rains start.

He urged residents to be patient and cooperate with the contractors as the construction was likely to cause them some inconveniences. General Manager, Arab Contractors Nigeria Limited, Mr Wael Salem said, “We would try our best to make the road motor able.” The Ayangburen of Ikorodu, the traditional ruler of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, represented by Otunba Ayodele Elesho also thanked President Buhari for making the project a reality. “I have the mandate of Kabiyesi to thank you,” he said. He assured the contractors of the cooperation of residents of the community. Sen. Gbenga Ashafa, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, President Buhari’s senior special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mr Jimmy Benson, Federal House of Representatives member representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency and others commended the Buhari administration.

They all noted that the important road had been abandoned by previous administrations and appealed to the contractors to deliver the project on schedule. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 30.1-kilometre road links the Ikorodu round about in Lagos and Sagamu in Ogun State. The project is being handled by ARAB Contractors Nigeria Limited and has a completion period of 36 months.

Source: (NAN)

FG Committed To Even National Development – Fashola The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has reiterated the commitment of the administration of President Muhammad Buhari to even national development as opposed to partisan politics and would be willing to work with all state governments irrespective of their party affiliations or ethnic divide. He made this remark when he paid courtesy calls on Governors of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi, Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Anambra State, Chief Willi Obiano, at their various Offices during his three-day working inspection tour of Federal Government projects in the South East zone of the country. Fashola commended the Governor of Ebonyi state for keying into agricultural initiative of the Federal Government while assuring him of the present administration’s readiness to link Ebonyi and Cameroon through road boarders, which would facilitate international trade for the South Eastern States. The Governor in his response thanked the Minister for his visit and pleaded with the Minister to facilitate the payment of fund owed his state, which was incurred for maintaining the Federal roads within his domain. While at the Enugu Government house, the Minister enjoined the Governor to work in mutual cooperation with Electric Distribution Company of Nigeria (DISCO) towards having regular supply of power as Federal Government has provided a window for states and corporate bodies to buy power directly. He also added that the window also provides for individual or state production of private power up to 1 megawatt without conditions attached. Similarly, in Anambra State, the Minister gave account of all the Federal Government projects he had inspected in the state, and on the indebtedness of Federal Government to the state on Road maintenance, the Minister said that what is left is appropriation from the National Assembly. He, however, warned that states must observe due process before they embark on rehabilitation of Federal roads to avoid loss of their investment. Projects inspected in the South East before rounding off his working visit included National Housing Programme in all South East states, Energising Economy Electrification of Ariaria Market in Aba., Rehabilitation of Calabar -Itu-Ikot Ekpene -Aba Road ,Section III, Enugu -Port Harcourt Dual Carriageway Section II among others. The Site of Zik’s Mausoleum and Library Complex in Awka including Second Niger Bridge in Anambra State were also inspected.  
22 May, 2018
National Housing Programme Designed to Integrate Persons Living with Disability — Minister The National Housing Programme (NHP) is also designed for the integration of persons living with disabilities through inclusive building designs with ramps for mobility and interaction, an official says. The Minister of State II for Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Suleiman Zarma, made the fact known on Tuesday during an inspection of construction at NHP site in Ado-Ekiti. Zarma in the company with some ministry officials was on an assessment tour of Federal Government roads and housing projects in the South-West Geo-Political Zone. The NHP is designed to suit different categories of people, including persons with disability, through provision of ramps to ease movement in the buildings. But in Ado-Ekiti, the structures were designed in such a way that persons living with disability are restricted to the ground floor. During the inspection, the minister said that people living with disabilities should not be restricted to the ground floor and should be allowed to interact freely. “In the world over now, people living with disabilities are integrated without being segregated. So there is no point to say that you have them only on the ground floor, that is another phase of segregation. “They should be able to go to all the floors and to all the levels of the building; they should be accommodated to carry out their activities. Zarma, a surveyor, urged officials in-charge of NHP in Ekiti, to ensure that designs suitable for persons with disability were captured very well in the next phase of NHP. “On the staircases, there will be strips or ramps that will cater for their movement. “They should not segregate the people with disabilities by restricting them to the ground floor; they should be allowed to go up and interact,’’ he noted. The NHP Team Leader in the state, Mr Segun Dossou, noted that due to an initial setback of relocation, the 70 housing units being constructed began late but was nearing completion. The architect assured the minister that the design for the second phase which would commence soon would go beyond the ground floor and extend to others to accommodate the people living with disabilities. He said all the contractors were mobilised and reported to the site except one that was handling two number blocks of three bedrooms who was yet to report for site handing over. According to him, the contractor has been served a warning letter to do so with a view to commencing the process of determining his contract. “The water infrastructure contract is already at 80 per cent completion with the drilling of four boreholes, installation of ground and overhead tanks and construction of water treatment plant. “The road infrastructure contract progress include completion of site survey, setting out of roads, cutting and bending of re-enforcement are on-going with view to commencing concrete works on the drainage. “External electrification progress includes the completion of erection of poles and construction of housing for transformer sub-stations while cable line installation is on-going. Dossou said that the project also created jobs and wealth for not only the building professionals and contractors but 1,500 skilled and unskilled artisans. The representative of the contractors, Mr Raji Kehinde, also appealed to the ministry to make funds faster to avoid delay in the completion of the project. One of the indigenes of the locality, Mr Femi Adetifa, expressed joy over the housing development in the state and called for continuity by the Federal Government. The minister also inspected the on-going construction of N3.3 billion Federal Secretariat Complex, located at New Iyin Road, Ado-Ekiti, by Messrs Deux Project Ltd. with 20 per cent of the job completed. Source: (NAN)
22 May, 2018
FG Teams Up With State Governments On Infrastructure Development Nationwide – Fashola Federal Government has no objection in States assisting to develop the road infrastructure located within their domains provided the terms of reference as provided by the Federal Government are respected. This will go a long way in deepening the dividends of democracy at the grassroots. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola stated this at the Government House, Kebbi and Jigawa States while being received by the Governors, Sen. Atiku Abubakar Bagudu and Mohammed Badaru Abubakar respectively at the just concluded 2 – day inspection tour of on-going projects in the two States which commenced 8th May, 2018. Fashola had inspected the National Housing Programmes in the two states as well as the 108km Kalgo-Bunza-Kamba-Peka Road which terminates at the nations border with Niger Republic on the first day of his visit as well as paid courtesy calls on the two Governors. A total of 93km stretch of the Kalgo-Bunza-Kamba-Peka-Niger Republic Border Federal road was rehabilitated with asphalt overlay by the Kebbi State Government at the sum of N1,041,753,716.17 awarded to Messrs. CGC Nigeria Limited and this has since been reimbursed by the Federal Government while 15km of the road is still outstanding. The Minister was impressed with the standard of work and noted that the Federal Government remains committed to partnering with any state government that showed concern in providing critical infrastructure for the benefit of all citizens. While still in Kebbi, Fashola also inspected the on-going rehabilitation of Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Yauri (Sokoto/Kebbi/Niger States) phase 1 Section 11: Jega-Birnin Yauri Road (186km) which is only 22.84% completed. At the pilot scheme of the National Housing Programmes (NHP) in both states which had a total of 38 Blocks of 76 flats each, comprising 3,2 and 1 bedroom flats, with some already completed and delivered by the contractors and others at different stages of completion, Fashola stated that the Federal Government will embark on a full scale housing economy at the end of the pilot scheme which is bound to create more than the 1,000 workers presently employed at each site in the 33 States where the NHP is currently active. He further stated that it will also triple the ecosystem of trade and commerce at the sites which has improved the economies and financial capacities of the locals and communities around the NHP sites nationwide. The Governor of Kebbi State, Sen. Artiku Abubakar Bagudu in response offered the Federal Government as much land as would be required for the full take-off of the programme and also thanked the Federal Government for the speedy response at reimbursing the State for the Kalgo-Bunza-Kamba-Peka-Niger Republic Border road. He noted that the Federal Government will seldom use the road but the indigenes of the state, surrounding states, border nations and other road users will enjoy the road. Also responding, the Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru invited the Minister to help commission 8 of the 10 completed state infrastructure stating that Mr. President had offered to commission two of the projects. He invited the Minister to also inspect the 1,300km road projects completed by his administration as a way of boosting transportation of agricultural products in the state. Fashola concluded his 2-day tour by inspecting the on-going rehabilitation of 32.8km Hadeja-Nguru Road Phase 11 in Jigawa State by Messrs. Mothercat Nig. Ltd. which is currently at 84.93% completion.
15 May, 2018
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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
20 May, 2018

Multinational: Benin, Cote D’ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria And Togo And The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)

Study on the Abidjan – Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project

Notice for Expression of Interest

Recruitment Of A Consultant To Conduct A Corridor Economic & Spatial Development Initiative Scoping And Project Packaging Study For The Abidjan-Lagos Highway Corridor Highway Development Program

The ECOWAS Commission has received Grants from the African Development Fund (ADF) and the European Development Fund (through the African Investment Facility –AfIF) to cover the cost of studies on the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project, and intends to use part of Grant amount to finance service Consultants Contract for Corridor Economic & Spatial Development Initiative (SDI) Scoping and Project Packaging Study for the Abidjan-Lagos Highway Corridor.

The services under this Contract mainly consist of: (i) defining the corridor’s zone of influence to show direct and indirect beneficiaries (populations, other economic activities, etc.) which the corridor affects and vice versa, using the appropriate technical methodology under the SDI concept; (ii) identifying and analyzing the significant developmental aspects of the various zones along the corridor; (iii) identifying a longlist of economic projects (trade, logistics, industry, etc) within the geographical zone of influence of the Corridor, that are worth developing as part of the multinational highway project to result in a holistic economic development corridor, (iii) data gathering, and scoping (shortlisting) of SDI projects; (iv) developing regulatory and institutional framework for the holistic development of the corridor as an economic development corridor; (v) perform economic and financial analysis of selected projects to determine the nature of investments required for further development and (vi) develop an Abidjan-Lagos corridor economic development investment & marketing plan.

Feasibility and Detailed Engineering Studies are to be conducted per the following lots to cover the entire corridor: (i) Lot 1: Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire)-Takoradi (Ghana), 295.3 km; (ii) Lot 2: Takoradi-Apimanim  (Ghana)-Accra (Ghana)–Akanu/Noepe Border (Ghana), 466 km; and (iii) Lot 3: Akanu (Ghana)-Noepe (Togo)-Lome (Togo)-Agonmey Glozoun (Togo)-Athieme (Benin)-Cotonou (Benin)-Seme-Krake (Benin/Nigeria)-Lagos (Nigeria), 320.06 km.  All distances provided are indicative and could be more depending on the eventual confirmation of alignments by Member States. 

The overall duration of the Feasibility and Detailed Engineering technical studies is estimated at twenty seven (27) months for each lot and the Corridor Economic and Spatial Development Study shall cover the entire corridor for a period of twelve (12) Months with some interim outputs (impacts from shortlisted projects) that could be taken on board by the feasibility and detailed design Consultants.

The ECOWAS Commission invites Consultants (firms with proven experience in spatial development initiatives, economic corridor development, urban and land use planning, transport infrastructure engineering firms for large-scale infrastructure projects) to submit their candidacy for the services described above. Interested, eligible and qualified consultants must produce information on their ability and experience demonstrating that they are qualified for services of similar nature. The shortlisting criteria shall be: (a) general experience in Economic Corridor Development, urban planning and development services (Studies, Technical Assistance, Project Management,) over the last ten (10) years; (b) specific experience in the field of studies of spatial development and establishment of economic zones along multinational highway corridors during the last ten (10) years; (c) Specific experience in cross-border or multinational land-use planning over the past ten (10) years; (d) availability of key personnel (list, qualification, experiences); (e) logistical and equipment; (f) IT Resources and specialized software, etc. (g) capacity to produce reports and all other relevant documents on the study in English and French.

NB: Each reference will be summarized on a project sheet, and will be considered only if the candidate attaches supporting documents indicating the contact information of the contracting authorities so as to facilitate verification of the information provided: Excerpts of contract (inner cover page and page with the signatures) plus Attestation of good performance.

Consultants may form groups to increase their chances of qualification.

The eligibility criteria, the preparation of shortlist, and the selection procedure shall comply with the African Development Bank’s Procurement Framework for operation funded by the Bank Group as of October 2015 available on the Bank’s website: http://www.afdb.org. The selection procedure will be based on Quality Based Selection Method (QBS), and a shortlist of six (6) firms which present the best profiles shall be drawn up after the expression of interest. Also the firms that are part of an international network are to submit one expression of interest.

Interested consultants can obtain further information at the e-mail addresses mentioned below during working hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (local time) on working days: procurement@ecowas.int with copy to pgueye@ecowas.int; vtulay@ecowas.int; cappiah@ecowas.int ; deklu@ecowas.int ; sbangoura@ecowas.int

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form (one (1) signed original plus four (4) copies) in (person, or by registered mail) to the address below, not later than 14th June, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. (GMT+1), Nigerian Time, and must be clearly marked: “Studies on the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project/Expression of Interest in Consulting Services for Corridor Economic and Spatial Development Initiatives Study”.

For delivery in person or by registered mail to:

Directorate, General Administration, Procurement Division
First (1st) Floor of the ECOWAS Commission Headquarters,
Plot 101, Yakubu Gowon Crescent,
Asokoro District, Abuja,
NIGERIA.

Requests for further information or clarification could be sent by e-mail:
Attention : Commissioner General Administration &Conference
Email : vtulay@ecowas.int

with copies to :

* sbangoura@ecowas.int
* procurement@ecowas.int
* cappiah@ecowas.int
* pgueye@ecowas.int
* deklu@ecowas.int

The working languages shall be English and French. The Expression of Interest will be submitted in English.

OTHER NEWS
23 May, 2018

Up Your Game, Zarma Urges Indigenous Contractors

- Osun Government Commends FG on Massive Infrastructure Delivery

Minister of State 11, Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Hassan Zarma has urged indigenous contractors handling Federal Government projects to “up their game” by improving on their pace of work in order to deliver their projects on schedule.He said Government has much confidence on indigenous contractors and disclosed that the present administration is determined to encourage and promote indigenous contractors.

The Minister who is on inspection of the Ministry’s projects to the South-West Zone, however expressed displeasure at the slow pace of work at the the 27.6Km Oshogbo- Ilesha Road, Section 1 handled by  Messers Horizon Construction Limited. He said it was appalling for a 27Km road Rehabilitation project awarded since 2010  to exceed its completion date by 104 per cent in 2018. He asked “if it takes you 8 years to rehabilitate a road, how many years will it take you to build one”.

Zarma challenged the contractor to prove his capacity to deliver the job and stop giving excuses for the delay. He said, ‘government gave you the job with the assurance that you can deliver, you asked for extension after a long delay, your request is not approved, you have to mobilize every resource to meet up the extended October 2018 completion date”.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has been highly commended for the massive execution and monitoring of its infrastructure projects across the nation particularly on roads, housing and power. Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Minister to the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who was represented by his Deputy, Chief (Mrs) Grace Titilayo Tomori, said the Minister’s inspection of on-going projects in the state and across the nation laid credence to the commitment of the present administration to deliver basic infrastructure to the people. She said, “your visit to the state has confirmed the seriousness the federal government attaches to road construction in the state and the nation at large”. She  further applauded the Minister for undertaking the tour by road to see things for himself and ensured that the contractors are working.

The deputy governor disclosed that the state was also complimenting the federal government effort by constructing over a 1000km of roads across the state. According to her, the state governor was well known to be a “ constructor of roads”.

Briefing the Minister at the Oshogbo- Ilesha road inspection, the Federal Controller, Works, Engr Omorekpe Njoku said, that the contract was awarded in 2010 at a contract  sum of .N2.69b but was later reviewed  to N2.88b to accommodate the drainage works on the road. He affirmed that the contractor is indeed slow in delivery on the project.

The Contractor, Messers Horizon Construction however explained that the reason for the prolonged delay in the completion of the project was due to the non budgetary appropriation for the project by past administrations for about three years leading them to stop work at a time. He however commended the present administration for including the project in its appropriation since last year and promised to mobilize fully to meet the completion deadline.

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Speeches
15 May, 2018

Remarks By H.E, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN At 27th Monthly Power Sector Operators Meeting Hosted By Yola Distribution Company

I welcome you all very warmly to this meeting, which is the 27th in the series of monthly meetings that has taken us to virtually all parts of Nigeria.

I thank the Managing Director of Yola Distribution for hosting us.

Many of you will remember that in 2015, Yola DisCo was the only one of the 11 (eleven) privatized DisCos that was given up as being unviable.

But this Government did not give up on Yola DisCo. The Government appointed Engr. Mustapha to manage this DisCo.

Month after month, from reports we have all received about performance and monthly rating of DisCos, it is obvious that Engr. Mustapha and his team have proven that Yola DisCo is not unviable.

At this forum, I will repeat what I have said about change, that it is not a matter of chance but a matter of choice.

Similarly, it is not an event but a process that involves the application of methods and the making of choices, some of which are difficult, but very often resourceful, even if sometimes misunderstood.

The story of Yola DisCo epitomizes change and it speaks eloquently to our roadmap of incremental power.

From my very first visit to inspect the resumption of work at the Maiduguri TCN substation, which had been damaged by insurgents, to the completion of the Mayo-Belwa TCN substation and the installation of Distribution Infrastructure by Yola Disco, incremental power is returning to the customers within the Yola DisCo franchise.

Eighty per cent (80%) of damaged 33KV lines have been restored in areas like Damboa, Madagali, Maiduguri, Damasak, Gombi, Mubi, Wukari to mention a few.

Change means providing incremental power against the odds, and nothing is truer than the story of one Agricultural enterprise in Adamawa, whose proprietor visited to tell me that since the completion of the Mayo-Belwa sub-station, he has drastically reduced his purchase of diesel and the use of his generator.

For him, change means reduced operating cost at his farm, and for consumers of his Agro products, change means reduced food prices.

As you will have heard in the news, economists are predicting a further reduction in inflation and they are attributing it to reduction in food inflation and food prices.

As you might have also heard, I visited Kebbi last week to inspect our road projects, and the Governor,  Atiku Bagudu, reported that most of the local governments in his State are getting 18 to 20 hours of power supply, from Kaduna DisCo.

This is what change means, and it is consistent with our roadmap of incremental power.

While we are inspired by the news of progress, especially coming from those who receive the service, we remain mindful of those we have not yet reached, and remain committed to get to them, whether on the grid or off the grid.

In this regard, let me report some progress made within the last month, as I usually do, in order to keep all of us abreast of what our members are doing and what the industry as a whole is experiencing.

I am pleased to inform the meeting formally that a substantive Chairman, in the person of Professor James Momoh, is now in place for the NERC, following confirmation by the Senate, and his swearing in on the 3rd day of May 2018.

This means that another issue under our Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP), relating to Governance, has now been resolved.

Also, within the last month, particularly, on the 7th of May 2018, I had the privilege to Commission the Odogunyan Transmission Substation completed by TCN to serve customers in Lagos and Ogun States, under the Ikeja DisCo franchise.

I can also report that we are making progress on the Federal Government’s planned intervention in the Distribution Value Chain to help deliver the 2,000MW that is constrained by distribution equipment.

The advertisements for quotation by original equipment manufacturers for Transformers, Breakers, and Associated Equipment compiled by the DisCos have been published, and we await responses.

The Azura Power Plant is now fully completed and ready for commercial operation to deliver more power to boost incremental power.

On the off-grid side, His Excellency, the Vice President, recently commissioned a market intervention in Ondo State, delivered by Rural Electrification Agency, another boost to our incremental power and provision of access to previously unserved people.

The progress we are making will require us to increase our commitment to further improving service.

This will be more demanding as the rains come down in the next few months.

The rains will bring more water supply to the Hydro Electric facilities, and they will bring more challenges to Transmission and Distribution by way of storms, heavy winds, falling trees, damage to towers, lines and installations.

We must rise up to these challenges better than we have done in the past.

Some of what we must do are:

Promptly issue notices when there are known damages that interfere with power supply;
Promptly send our maintenance men out to repair and replace damaged equipment or clear fallen trees;
Send information to the public on multiple platforms of conventional and social media to report faults that we may not be aware of;
Painstakingly hold ourselves out as available, ready, and willing to resolve customer problems and provide better service.

Ladies and Gentlemen, our journey of change and incremental power continues, and I thank you all for your commitment.

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

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Photo News
23 May, 2018

FASHOLA ASHAFA OTHERS AT THE FLAG OFF OF THE REHABILITATION OF IKORODU SHAGAMU ROAD IN LAGOSOGUN STATES

Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde FasholaSAN2nd left Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly Senator Gbenga Ashafa left House of Representatives member representing Ikorodu Constituency Hon Jimi Bensonright and representative of the Managing Director Arab Contractors Nigeria Limited Mr Wael Salem 2nd right during the flag off of the Rehabilitation of Ikorodu Shagamu Road in LagosOgun States at KM 2Ikorodu Shagamu Road on Monday 21st May 2018

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21 May, 2018

FASHOLA INSPECTS ONGOING CONSTRUCTION WORK ON 2ND NIGER BRIDGE IN ANAMBRADELTA STATES ON DAY THREE OF TOUR OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN THE SOUTH EAST ZONE

Personnel of Julius Berger Plc at workduring theinspection tour of the ongoing construction work on 2nd Niger Bridge in Anambra and Delta States by theHon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde FasholaSANon Day Three of his inspection tour of Federal Government Infrastructure Projects in the South East Zone of the country on Thursday 19th May 2018

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