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LATEST PRESS
July 18, 2019

Perm Sec Works And Housing Urge Civil Servants To Be More Productive And Goal Oriented

The Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Mohammed Bukar, urged staff of the Ministry to be goal oriented and more productive with their time.

This was at the Productivity Lecture series organized by the National Productivity Centre (NPC) in conjunction with the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, for middle level officers in Abuja.

The Perm Sec who was represented by the Deputy Director (HRM) Mrs. Aderonke Jaiyesimi, said in furtherance to transforming the Public Service, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation had fashioned out initiatives such as efficient, productivity, incorruptible and citizen-centred transformation programme.

The concept of Productivity according to her was crucial to the success of the Public Service and an epicentre in the current reforms programme of the present Administration; It is a level of efficiency in combing inputs to achieve maximum output by employees in the work places.

She therefore urged the participants to embrace knowledge through interacting with the resource persons to make the desired impact on their jobs which would be beneficial to the Ministry in the long run.

Speaking at the Lecture, Director, Current Affairs and Information, National Productivity Centre, Mal. Hassan Abdullahi buttressed the fact that productivity was an attitude of the mind and therefore required “doing the right thing and doing things right”. The key words were efficiency, effectiveness, quality, competitiveness and motivation.

He further recommended the adoption of the Japanese 5s Housekeeping Practice tools - Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain to improve productivity in the work place.  He added that the staff productivity level could increase through managing their time, working smarter, improving the efficiency level, getting organized, encouraging teamwork as well as setting SMART targets.

Papers presented at the Lecture were Overview of Productivity and Time Management for improved productivity and the objective of the programme was to stimulate the awareness of staff to the imperative of sharpening their competencies for improved productivity and efficient service delivery.

Federal Executive Council Approves N54 Billion For Reconstruction of Road Linking Akwa Ibom and Cross River States The Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osimbajo, on Wednesday, approved N54billion for the reconstruction of Odukpani Itu-Ikot Ekpene road linking Akwa Ibom and Cross River states. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the FEC meeting held in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He stated that the road, which was constructed over 40 years ago, would boost socio-economic activities and improve the performance of the economy by reducing journey time, the cost of doing business and also create more job opportunities. Fashola added that this is consistent with the promise of this administration to create employment opportunities from construction works and stimulate the economy. “We will do the best to quickly mobilise the contractor to site with the onset of the rainy season and I am sure that by this time next year, it will be a better story, a better journey time experience in that area of the country,” he said. Also addressing the reporters, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika disclosed that the Council approved N1.5billion for projects in the aviation sector. He disclosed that the Council approved the appointment of transaction advisers to carry out advisory services on establishment of national carriers, establishment of aviation leasing company and establishment of maintenance repair and overhaul centre. He said advisers were also approved for the establishment of Aerotropolis or airport city and for the concession of the nation’s airports. The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu told the correspondents that the Council approved contract verification of the dairy irrigation project located along Kano and Jigawa states. He noted that the project, which is about 2,300 hectare, was abandoned after reaching 50 per cent completion about 17 years ago. According to the minister, there is already a provision for the project in the 2016 budget and it has also been included in the 2017 budget. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed also explained that President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence at the Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting followed medical advice from his doctors. The minister stated that the President, who was in office on Tuesday, was asked to take some rest by his doctors, today. He thanked Nigerians for their concern and prayers for the quick recovery of the president. Mohammed dismissed as wicked and ungodly the insinuation that the President’s health had deteriorated to the extent that he was being assisted before taking his meals. According to the minister, President Buhari deserves commendation from all well-meaning individuals and groups for being transparent and upfront in the matter concerning his health.
May 4, 2017
World Bank Group Support for Nigeria’s Power Sector Recovery Program Washington, DC, April 22, 2017 – The World Bank Group and the Federal Government of Nigeria today had a high level consultation meeting to discuss World Bank Group support for the Government’s Power Sector Recovery Program, which was approved by the Federal Executive Council of Nigeria on March 22, 2017. The current status of the power sector characterized by poor service and lack of liquidity is a source of macro-economic imbalances and a binding constraint to the revival of growth for the country. The Power Sector Recovery Program focuses on supporting implementation of power sector reform, reducing losses in the distribution companies, enhancing the sector’s financial viability, increasing access to electricity services, and mobilizing private sector investment. “The approval of the Power Sector Recovery Program by the Federal Executive Council demonstrates that the Federal Government is committed to the sustainable development of the power sector.   The implementation of the Program is critical to achieving the objectives of the Government’s Economic Growth and Recovery Plan,” said H.E. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, Minister for Power, Works and Housing. “There is need for well-designed derisking in order to attract private investors to the sector,” said Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance.   “All the agencies of Government will work in concert to ensure implementation of the Power Sector Recovery Program.” “The legislative arm of the Nigerian government is fully committed to the successful implementation of the Power Sector Recovery Program,” said Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Steel and Metallurgy. “We will make sure our oversight functions focus on the completion of projects and initiatives that support the effectiveness of the Power Sector Recovery Program” said Honourable Dan Asuquo, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Power. The World Bank Group congratulated the Government on its commitment to the Recovery Program, stressing the critical importance of the power sector for Nigeria’s development and for restoring macroeconomic resilience and growth.   The meeting discussed the action plan set out in the Program, stressing the need for strong interagency coordination to ensure that it attains its aims. "Controlling the cost of electricity supply is a critical element of the Recovery Program that will require close attention to prioritizing investments based on least cost power development investment planning principles,” said Riccardo Puliti, World Bank Senior Director for Energy and Extractive Industries. “A turnaround of the power sector will require the expertise and financing of the private sector,” said Bernard Sheahan, Global Director for Infrastructure and Natural Resources at the International Finance Corporation.  “This would require continuous improvement in the investment climate in Nigeria and strong communications among stakeholders of the sector reform plan during its implementation.” “A full range of instruments will be deployed to help the Government mobilize investments directly from the private sector and through private sector guarantees,” said Sarvesh Suri, Director of Operations at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency. The World Bank Group reaffirmed its strong partnership with the Government of Nigeria in addressing the challenges in power sector, that include bringing its experience in developing financing solutions and attracting private sector capital in Nigeria. The meeting resulted in agreement on the next steps in developing the World Bank Group’s support, recognizing the need for concerted efforts to accelerate its preparation. “The World Bank Group is committed to supporting the implementation of the Government’s Power Sector Recovery Program to re-establish financial sustainability in the power sector,” said Rachid Benmessaoud, World Bank Country Director for Nigeria. Contacts: In Abuja (Federal Government of Nigeria): Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Power, Works and Housing: Louis Edozien, louis.edozien@power.gov.ng In Abuja (The World Bank Group): Olufunke Olufon, 08149921055,  oolufon@worldbank.org In Washington (The World Bank Group): Ekaterina Svirina, (202) 458-1042,  esvirina@worldbank.org For more information on the World Bank’s programs in Nigeria, visit: http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/nigeria Join us on: https://www.facebook.com/worldbank Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WorldBankAfrica Find us on YouTube: http://www.worldbank.org/africa/youtube Listen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/worldbank/sets/world-bank-africa
April 27, 2017
Fashola Urges Professional Builders To Develop Effective Strategies And Framework To Ensure Project Quality The Hon. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has urged members of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) to develop for implementation, effective strategies, framework and benchmarks for ensuring the proper application of the project quality management plan of building projects in Nigeria. He said this will guarantee the attainment of quality in project delivery as well as regulate and control the practice of the building profession. The Minister said this today at the 15th Induction / Investiture ceremony of New Builders held in Abuja. The Minister who was represented by the Director, Public Building and Housing Department in the Ministry, Arc. Sani Gidado, said that the present administration was determined to ensure the enactment of enabling legislation on the National Building Code which includes Project Quality Management Plan in contract documentation for full implementation. Fashola identified cases of building failures and collapse in Nigeria as a clear manifestation of failings of the designs and the construction processes and stated that the onus lies with the critical stakeholders to undertake a conscientious overhaul of the present system to curb the menace. He commended the Council for its contributions in the quest to achieve sanity in the built industry especially on its consistency in contributions and recommendations to the National Building Code and the National Council on Housing. In his welcome address, Chairman of CORBON, Bldr.Prof. Bala Kabir said the Council has the primary responsibility of establishing and implementing standards of education and practice for Building Technology provided in the Builders Registration Act. He said some of the specific functions in the Act include: to regulate the activities of Builders through registration and licensure; define the scope of practice of building technology; set standards for practice and continuing education of Builders and discipline registered and license holders. He said that the induction is another effort to disenfranchise quacks from carrying out their illegal activities in the industry and admonished the inductees to be building production managers who will ensure good quality project delivery at all times. Guest speaker at the occasion, Prof Akin Akindoyeni also urged the Builders to maintain standards and quality and also go for expertise in the profession, adding that it is incumbent on the inductees and others to keep abreast of modern technology in the industry. A total of 106 members were inducted into the Council.  
April 21, 2017
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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
October 5, 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
February 16, 2019

FG To Erring Contractors, Up Your Games Or Face Sanctions

The Zonal Director of the National Housing Programme in the North- West, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Architect Joseph Toluhi, has urged erring contractors handling the on going construction of housing project in Kebbi State to step up their games or face necessary sanctions.

He noted that contractors, who fails to perform diligently on the job will have to give way for others to be engaged, adding that relevant clauses in the contract agreement can be invoke for appropriate sanctions.

This was contained in a statement by the Zonal Director on Wednesday in Biriin Kebbi during the North-West inspection tour to the project site.

Toluhi stated that the federal government is committed to provide decent and affordable housing to its teeming population and reduce the housing deficit in the country, adding that the NHP project is designed for the medium income earners who have the affordable means to acquire these houses across the nation.

The National Housing Programme, Kebbi State consist of 76 housing units of 1bedroom, 2 bedrooms and 3 bedrooms semi-detached bungalows, are being handled by 19 indigenous contractors.

In a similar development, the zonal inspection team led by Toluhi also visited the National Housing Programme site in Sokoto State to have on-the-spot assessment of the on going construction works which has reached 95 per cent completion stage.

“I must say that I am pleased and happy with the level of progress of work on this site because we have a very high level of competition. Most of the building here have been completed”. He noted that out of 20 contractors engaged, 12 of them have already been completed while four are yet to be roofed.

According to him, “this means, we are ready to move into these buildings. The infrastructure such as water supply, road arterial and water supply have reached a very high level of completion”.

The Team Leader in Sokoto State, Mr lliya Kastuda also confirmed that construction work has reached 95 percent completion, adding that there is provision of worship centers, school, market to give necessary comfort and police post to ensure adequate security within the housing estate.

The zonal Director and other officials of the Ministry inspected a similar project in Gusau, Zamfara State, which is put at 65% completion stage. He however expressed disappointment in the poor quality of job done, stressing that government will not tolerate sub-standard jobs from any contractor.

 

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SPEECHES
February 1, 2019

Speech Delivered By H.E, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN At Press Briefing On National Infrastructure Maintenance Framework At Federal Ministry Of Power, Works And Housing Headquarters Mabushi, Abuja

I welcome you warmly to this press briefing to share information about two very important developments that occurred in the month of January 2019.

The first was that on the 9th January 2019, the Federal Executive Council, Nigeria's highest decision making organ of the Executive arm of government approved a National Maintenance Framework for public buildings.

The second is that on the 24th January 2019, President Muhammad Buhari signed into law a bill to prohibit discrimination against persons living with disabilities which included provisions for specific actions that must be taken within a period of 5 (FIVE) years to provide opportunities for such persons to live as normal a life as possible.

This briefing is meant to discuss what these developments mean for Nigeria and Nigerians, and to highlight the possibilities that they offer for our way of life and our economy.

National Maintenance Framework for Public Buildings

Let me start with the National Maintenance Framework on Public Buildings and first point out that for now, this only applies to public buildings but will ultimately extend to other public assets like roads, bridges, rail, power installations and other infrastructure of a public nature.

What the FEC approval means is that after decades of agonizing about lack of maintenance, the Buhari government has chosen to act.

This is policy decision of enormous profundity because the records do not indicate that any such policy decision has previously been taken at the federal level.

The decision was provoked by a memorandum from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing that challenged the conventional thinking that "Nigeria does not have a maintenance culture".

The memorandum argued and FEC agreed, that maintenance of infrastructure whether public or private, is not a cultural issue but an economic one.

The memorandum showed that in the built industry, only about 23% of the workforce is employed by Design (6%) and Construction (15%), Governance (2%) , while the remaining 77% are employed by Maintenance and operation.

Council was persuaded to accept that while skill training and vocational centres exist almost nationwide for training artisans like plumbers, painters, bricklayers, welders, tilers, electricians etc., there is a lack of National policy that makes the practice of these vocations economically worthwhile on a sustainable basis.

The available data showed that many people trained in these vocations often resort to earning a living by resorting to other vocations in which they do not have a training, such as riding motor-cycles and tri-cycles in order to make a living.

Therefore, the federal government’s decision on maintenance is an economic one, to empower Nigerians at the base of the economic pyramid who are artisans, those at the middle of the pyramid who own small businesses, SMEs who are involved in manufacturing of building and allied materials.

What it entails is that:

* Site assessment of the affected buildings will have to be conducted, measurement are to be taken, valuation conducted and data is collated. This on its own requires the employment of people to carry out this process and therefore jobs will be created from the very first step.

* It will also provide for credible data such as lettable space, value of the property and so on which can form the basis of the economic decisions or even actions in emergency periods.

* Condition assessment is the next step that requires people to be trained and employed to assess the conditions of affected buildings from foundation to roof and for mechanical and electrical sustainability for purpose.

* In one of our sample buildings leading up to the memorandum to FEC, we found out that out of 63 air-conditioning units, 11 required replacement or repairs. We also identified windows, doors, tiles, roofing materials, plastering works that required replacement or repair.

* The maintenance program is then developed from these assessments as to what jobs need to be done to restore the building to fitness, what needs to be replaced and what needs to be repaired.

* This is the basis for the award of the maintenance contract following the existing procurement law.

* This provides a window of opportunity for small businesses who are into facility management and for young graduates of building tech, architecture, engineering and even technical schools to register for these contracts.

* Successful bidders are then in a position to employ artisans to execute the maintenance contract they have won in the bid.

* Each ministry, department and agency will be responsible for its own procurement for its own building  after training of their designated personnel by the staff of the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing who will guide them through the framework approved by FEC.

* Because data is critical to the programme, each MDA will file data with the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing who will centrally manage data and use it to advise government and brief the public, while the MDA reserves the right to keep its own data.

* The award of contracts will not only drive employment for artisans, it will drive demand of manufacturing and suppliers of parts like wood, pipes, paint, tiles, electrical fittings, windows and tools, in addition to those of  cleaning items like soap, detergent, polish, varnish etc.

This is the economy that we see ahead as we set out to implement this approval starting from buildings, and as I said, and extending to roads, rail, bridges etc. as we progress.

Our pilot programme covered 9 buildings  comprising a Federal government college, a Federal Hospital,  a Federal Court building, a federal prison, a federal secretariat and our office buildings at our headquarters here in Mabushi.

The pilot survey showed that these 9 (Nine) buildings will cost N40.3 billion to reconstruct, while it will cost N922.8m per annum to maintain them which is about   2.3 % of the cost of replacement.

Just these 9 (NINE) buildings will require about 448 people to keep them well maintained a year. For example, the school will require at least 30 people to be employed per school for maintenance; and the federal government owns 104 Unity schools which potentially will require 30 X 104 = 3,120.

So you can see the economy we see when this extends to all our hospitals, all our courts, all our prisons, all our police stations, all our universities and covers all public buildings.

This is an economic choice by this government to drive the small business sector, to drive skill utilization and to move the economy from growth without jobs to growth driven by new jobs that reward services.

But as if this was not enough, President Buhari raised the bar for construction, services and a new way of life for Nigerians when he signed the law to protect people living with disability from discrimination and exclusion.

We have 5 years to comply, and this requires that all our buildings must have lifts and ramps. (By this I mean well designed ramps for people confined to their wheelchairs, not hills they cannot use on their own).

We must modify all our toilets with support for our brothers and sisters who are living with disabilities, as we must build sidewalks for them to use our roads without colliding with vehicles.

Our airports and parking lots in buildings must become compliant with international best practice by providing corridors and facilities for people living with disabilities at arrival and departure points, while a minimum number of slots clearly designated must be provided for vehicles owned by people living with disabilities.

This is another opportunity for jobs to re-design, to re-model, to retrofit all our assets nationwide to comply with the law as signed by Mr President.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Nigeria that beckons upon us from today and the immediate future. A Nigeria where public infrastructure works because they are maintained.

A Nigeria where everybody has a secure sense of belonging because they can use their skills and labour to earn a decent income and retain their dignity.

A Nigeria where government cares for the people living with disability by providing the basic minimum facilities that gives them a sense of belonging to demonstrate their ability.

Government has taken the leadership role to provide the policy and the how to make this Nigeria possible.

It is now your responsibility and mine to take ownership of this platform of opportunities and make it work for all of us.

Thank you for listening.

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

Thursday 31st January 2019

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July 6, 2019

FASHOLA AT THE COMMISSIONING OF GASCO COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS CNG PLANT IN ABEOKUTA OGUN STATE

Former Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN 2nd right Founder Director Gasco Marine Limited Mr Faruk Agoro 2nd left hairman Viathan Group Mr Olusola Adeeyo right Chief Operating Officer Gasco Marine Mr Segun Ogunwunmi left and others during the commissioning of the Gasco Compressed Natural Gas CNG Plant built by Gasco Marine Limited at Abeokuta Ogun State on Thursday 4th July 2019

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July 18, 2019

ONE DAY INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME AS PART OF ITS LECTURE SERIES UNDER THE MINISTRYS STAFF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

The Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing Works and Housing Sector organized a one day intensive Training Programme as part of its lecture series under the Ministrys Staff development programme The Programme which held on Tuesday 26th July 2019 at the Conference Room of the Ministrys Headquarters had two Oapers delivered by Directors from the National Productivity Centre 3 The Participants were carried through the General Overview of the Concept of Productivity and Time Management as they relate to efficiency and service delivery in the Public Service 4 The programme is in line with the ongoing Civil Service transformation through the instrumentality of Efficient Productive Incorruptible and Citizen Centre EPIC programme The Deputy Director Staff Welfare and Training Mrs Aderonke Jaiyesimi who coordinated the Programme expressed satisfaction She commended the Head of Civil Service of the Federation for the initiative and the Management of the Ministry for its tremendous support for Staff development She also thanked the Resource Persons from the National Productivity Centre

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