Minister Decries The Deplorable State Of FHA Roads: Promises Government Intervention
The Honourable Minister of State II for Power, Works and Housing, Surv. Suleiman Hassan Zarma, mnis, has lamented the deplorable condition of road and drainage infrastructures at the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) estate, Lugbe, attributing it to critical failures of the planning authorities in time past in upgrading them, giving room to the flagrant abuse of planning regulations by residents.
The Minister stated this today in Abuja during an assessment tour of the infrastructural facilities at the estate along side with the Managing Director of Federal Housing Authority, Prof Mohammed Al-amin.
According to him, ‘’the typography of the estate was not fully taken into consideration at the planning and design stage, hence the reason for the hydraulic failures.’’ He added that though the facilities that were initially deployed, like the drainage system, maybe small and over stretched such that it cannot contain large volume of water especially during the flooding period.
Zarma said that the present administration, as part of its commitment to the citizenry, will however, not relent in upgrading of infrastructural services across the country to enhance and improve the living standards of Nigerians Federal Government owned estates.
Earlier, the Managing Director of the Federal Housing Authority, Prof. Mohammed Al-amin thanked the Federal Government and the ministry for massively investing in infrastructures across the country and maintaining the existing structures.
While conducting the Minister and journalists round the roads and other facilities in the estate, Al-amin stated that the essence of the visit is to upgrade the FHA settlement into an urban centre due to its proximity to the city centre and the different categories of civil servants living in the housing estate.
Speaking at the site of the inspection, the Chairman of the Residents Association, Mr Odelana Adesina thanked the Minister for creating time to visit the estate. He said the residents are glad that the visit by the Minister has given him the opportunity to have a firsthand information about the deplorable state of the roads and solicited the support of government for the rehabilitation of the existing/major road as well as build alternative roads in and out of the estate for ease of movement by residents.
He also urged the government to assist the residents in the provision of other infrastructures such as hospitals, drainages, water supply, metering for electricity and improved security within the estate.
The Federal Housing Authority Estate in Lugbe was built some 30 years ago and currently accommodates over 70,000 different categories of federal civil servants working in the city centre.
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: email@example.com with copy to firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
Requests for further information or clarification could be sent by e-mail:
Attention : Commissioner General Administration &Conference
Email : email@example.com
with copies to :
The working languages shall be English and French. The Expression of Interest will be submitted in English.
Remarks By The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry Of Power, Works And Housing, (Works And Housing Sector), Mohammed Bukar, At The 24th National Council Meeting On Works, Held In Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State
I am pleased to welcome you to the 24th Meeting of the National Council on Works holding in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State.
2. As you are aware, the theme of this year’s National Council Meeting is “Ensuring Value-for-Money in Nigerian Highways Development”. The theme is apt and timely, considering our collective resolve to address the challenges in road development in the country within available resources.
3. In order to ensure that this target is achieved, it has become necessary for all the critical stakeholders to consider and provide contemporary policies that will support the attainment of the above target.
4. It is quite instructive that the theme was carefully chosen to ensure prudent spending of available financial resources in Highways development in the country due to the huge investment governments at all levels are making in road development.
5. The Meeting is significant as it will afford us the desired opportunities to identify challenges in the highways sector and develop strategies towards addressing them. We are therefore, expected to explore various realistic means of proper utilization of funds and other resources meant for road projects, to enable quick service delivery, which in turn will fast-track national growth and sustainability. May I also stress on the need to ensure that all our recommendations align with the objectives of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of 2017-2019 which focuses on restoring economic growth, ease of doing business, investing in our people and creating a competitive economy. The achievement of these objectives largely lies on the availability of good road network across the country.
6. Distinguished delegates and officials, the timing of this meeting therefore, is very significant as it affords us the opportunity to think through and make necessary provisions in our various Budgets for the year 2019 and beyond as well as take necessary steps that will ensure money spent on roads impacts on the Nigerian economy, positively.
7. On this note, I once again welcome you all and wish you fruitful deliberations.
8. Thank you.
Speech Delivered By H.E Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN At The National Council On Power On Thursday 21st September 2017 In Jos, Plateau State
I welcome the opportunity to speak to you at this year’s National Council on Power, holding in the famous city of Jos in Plateau State.
Mining, Agriculture, the High Altitude and Climate, Tourism and brands like the Hill Station Hotel, The Rock Beer are some of the very proud heritage that have put Jos city on the global map.
This city of Jos is also famous for its contributions to Nigeria’s power history, through NESCO, the first privately run Power service in Nigeria that started producing power since 1920s, before the ECN (which became NEPA and PHCN.)
We have recently admitted NESCO to our monthly meetings and I believe we have something to learn from them.
I thank the Governor and the Government for their good work in ensuring that this conference holds despite the recent threats to public peace and order.
The proactive statements and actions have shown that Plateau state Government takes its primary responsibility of safety of lives and property very seriously.
I am also pleased to inform you that TCN has a major transmission sub-station in Panskshin in this state which will improve power service when completed. I have previously visited that site and our monthly power meeting gets periodic progress updates.
The sustenance of peace and order are critical to the completion of this and service delivery.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the theme of this Year’s council meeting on power is not accidental. It is deliberate and purposed. The theme is “Completing the Power Sector Reform.”
It follows logically and sensibly from last year’s our achievements at last year’s meeting, the highlight of which was to launch the country’s energy mix, to diversify our energy resources beyond gas and hydro to coal, solar and other sources.
That is already bearing fruit as we are gradually seeing an increasing foot- print of solar power systems especially at mini and off-grid levels and many more are afoot.
And as is now well known, this Government has finally approved the award of the 3,050 MW Mambilla hydro power project after over 40 years of starts and stops.
The solar foot print is growing slowly but surely, not just because of what the FGN is doing but because of what Nigerians are doing in their states, and this is why this theme at this meeting was chosen because all the states are expected to be represented here.
Let me set the context by once again reminding all of us that the power sector has been privatized and is largely in the hands of the private sector. Therefore, the work that needs to be done is largely the responsibility of the private sector.
Our role as governmental institutions at Federal and State levels is to implement the laws, enunciate Policies and take actions that help the private sector play its part effectively.
Our roles in this regard are well set out in the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 pursuant to which the privatization of the power sector took place. That law, which I urge everybody to read, clearly sets out my role as minister which is to administer the Law in section 100.
As we are all aware, there have been comments about how effective privatization has been in the power sector and some people have called for its cancellation which I disagree with.
However, I agree that there are problems, I understand that 4 (FOUR) years post privatization is a transition period, and some more work needs to be done before the expected benefits of privatization come to fruition.
That is why we developed the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) which are a set of policies, programmes and actions aimed at solving Generation, Transmission, Distribution, Liquidity, Metering, Estimated Billing, Energy Theft, Safety and other challenges.
While we are beginning to see results of increased generation up to 7001MW on 12th September 2017, Transmission up to 6,700 MW and Distribution 4,600, it is not yet enough.
The theme of this meeting therefore provides opportunity to share with state representatives and other participants what the PSRP is about.
Let me state emphatically that everything in the PSRP is based on the 2005 Law and that is why I urge everybody to read it.
So, the N701B payment assurance guarantee which has driven up power Generation is consistent with Section 76(2)(b) of the Law which seeks to ensure that producers of power recover their investment and some profit.
Similarly, the constitution of the Board of NERC another objective set under the PSRP is a requirement of section 34 of the law, while efforts being made by NERC to;
a. Develop a new multi- year Tariff order Template
b. Develop regulations for meter service provided, meter Franchise operators
c. Develop regulations for Eligible Customer
are requirements of Section 76; 67(1); 68(2) and 100 of the Law.
The issuance of mini-Grid Regulations by NERC in August of 2017 to allow people provide their own power from 1KW-1 MW and ease the pressure on grid distributed power and improve access to power is a requirement of section 62(2) of the Law.
The constitution of the Board and management of the Rural Electrification Agency by President Buhari in March 2017, to deepen access of Rural communities to power and champion deployment of Solar Power is in accordance with section 88(1)-(4) of the Law.
Ladies and Gentlemen, these are some of the reform actions contained in the Power Sector Recovery Programme being undertaken at Federal Government level.
But there are other areas of Reform where progress will be defined by what happens at the state and Local Government and this is one of the reasons why we chose to discuss this theme at this council where all the states are represented.
For example, out of the estimated MDA debts of about N90Billion claimed by the DisCos, only about N27Billion has been verified as debts owed by the FGN.
There are invoices which show that other parts of the debt are attributable to service points at States and local governments.
I will urge first that states and local governments insist that their buildings are metered so that they can budget for and pay for energy they use. It will turn out to be cheaper than diesel generated power.
It will also help reduce loss of income by DisCos.
Furthermore, I urge state Governments to set up small teams with audit capacity to verify debts owed by them and their local governments, ascertain the quantum and develop a payment plan which can then be budgeted for. This will help to reduce the liquidity issues and contribute to the reforms.
More importantly the challenges of inadequate power manifests itself in households, businesses, service centres and other points of need that are located in states and local Governments.
Therefore, the impact of insufficient power is manifest at municipal level and so will be the benefit of improved power.
Therefore, it is only logical and necessary for states and local Governments to own and participate in the implementation of the 2005 Law and the PSRP.
Therefore instead passing votes of no confidence in the DisCos who serve them, I will urge that they take a more important role of engagement and consultation to help the DisCos serve them better.
Communities and states who want to see improved power must also sacrifice and contribute some of their land for this service to be provided.
The land will not finish but the prosperity that comes from better power will only help improve the quality of life, the value of their land and the use of their land.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the list of things that states can do to help improve power supply, reform the sector and implement the 2005 Law and the PSRP are only limited by imagination.
I will conclude by urging states to pay more attention to the provision of the Law, the PSRP, and to consult with the ministry and NERC should they need clarification.
I hope that when we meet next year, all states will be in a position to report actions taken, progress achieved, improved power service and better value, for attending this year’s National Council on Power
Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing
Thursday 21st September 2017
FASHOLA AT THE NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON STRENGTHENING HEALTH RESEARCH CAPACITY IN ABUJA
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing and Chairman NIMR Research FoundationMr Babatunde FasholaSANright being welcomed byDirector GeneralCEO Nigerian Institute of Medical ResearchProf Babatunde Lawal Salakomiddle and Head International Operations Wellcome Trust United Kingdom Dr Simeon Kay left during theNational Workshop on Strengthening Health Research Capacity organized by the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research NIMR at the Sheraton Hotels Towers Abuja on Friday 7thSeptember 2018
INSPECTION OF DAMAGE KUDZUM BRIDGE AT SECTION CH 26 500 YOLA MUBI ROAD ADAMAWA
Inspection of damage Kudzum Bridge at Section CH 26 500 Yola Mubi Road Adamawa State by Senator Binta Masi Garba Engr Yemi Oguntominiyi Director Highway Construction and Rehabilitation Dr Famous Eseduwo Director Planning Research and Statistics Engr MR Muhammad Director HNE Engr Salihu A O Federal Controller Adamawa State and other staff of the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing on the 26th of August 2018