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Jul
23
2024

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EAST WEST ROAD: PRESIDENT TINUBU'S ADMINISTRATION COMMITTED TO ENDING PAVEMENT FAILURES AND YEARS OF ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE NEGLECT IN THE REGION, SET TO DELIVER POPULAR ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WILL STAND THE TEST OF TIME

In keeping with the Renewed Hope agenda of giving all regions the environment to attain their full economic potentials and guarantee a sense of self-actualization among Nigerians, the administration of His Excellency President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR has introduced a more formidable measure of construction to end pavement failures and years of infrastructural neglect on the East West Road of South-South Nigeria.
This was revealed  by the Honourable Minister of Works, His Excellency, Sen. Engr. Nweze David Umahi CON during his visit to the project  sites at East West Road section II: Kaiama-Ahoada in Rivers/ Bayelsa States; the construction of Multiple  Box Culverts at flood damaged locations along  the dualization  of East West Road handled by Messrs Rock Results Nigeria  Ltd and the dualization  of East West Road, Section II ( sub section II) handled  by SETRACO Nigeria Ltd dated 22nd July 2024.

Speaking after the inspection of work progress, the Honourable Minister said that Federal Government redesigned the inherited ongoing project, using reinforced concrete technology to end the perennial pavement failures and years of road neglect across the wetland Niger Delta. 
He said that some sections of the East-West Road starting from Lokoja to Benin were also rescoped and redesigned in reinforced concrete, and that the height of the road was increased above the flood level, and that the redesign factored the peculiar environment, geomorphology and soil characteristics which were responsible for the failures of flexible pavement used over the years by successive administrations. 
On the Kaiama-Ahoada section, he said, "When we came on board, the job was already awarded by the past administration. And so, the only new thing in all these locations under President Tinubu is the relief culverts that these two local contractors are putting and are proving themselves to be of a very high reputation in terms of their works. We are encouraging many more local contractors to come and work, because there's so much to work."

He observed that the impact of climate change was largely responsible  for the flood that came over the two sections of the road but commended the two contractors handling the relief culverts for their deep commitment to the intervention work despite having not been paid. 
He stated, "And so our directive is that the contractor shouldn't open more relief culverts. Let us contain the floods by working with NDDC. And I commend the MD of NDDC for the fantastic work they are doing."
He thanked Rock Results, who also did emergency works, even though it's outside the scope and the 29 Battalion with other paramilitary outfits for the management of the traffic which he said would  continue for the next two to four weeks. 
While seeking for patience on the side of the road users, he assured that permanent solution was underway  as the project was being procured to raise the road above the flood level while reinforced concrete of 12 inches would be used to do the overlay.

The Honourable Minister who also visited the KM 15 Section 3A of the East- West road (from Eleme Junction to Onne Port Junction) handled  by Messrs  RCC  Nigeria  Ltd, commended  the quality  of work being  done but urged the contractor to re-mobilize at least in 6 sections of the project to ensure timely  project  delivery or be prepared  to relinquish  the other carriageway for award to another  contractor. He stated, "It is Presidential order that this road should be given the maximum attention, and that's why he asked me to come and look at it, and then give him a report. So, we're looking at December for project delivery, but certainly not at the pace that RCC is going."

While reacting to the statement credited to a Clergy, Buba Isa on the state of some federal roads, the Honourable Minister reiterated the commitment of the Renewed Hope administration in fixing all the inherited ongoing projects and backlogs of road infrastructure deficits nationwide orchestrated by  many years of neglect. 
While commending President Tinubu for the glaring deference in road infrastructure under his administration which road users are attesting to, he called for patience and understanding as enduring solution to road failures had been reinvented  by the Renewed Hope administration and very soon Nigerians would enjoy sustainable infrastructure delivery.


 

Jul
12
2024

Sokoto-Kebbi Superhighway: Leaders Applaud President Tinubu's Bold Initiative  The Minister of Works, Engr. Nweze David Umahi;  together with major stakeholders have applauded President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's government for heeding  to the cry of millions of Nigerians  to resuscitate the 48-year-old Superhighway project.   They expressed their appreciation at the stakeholders'  meeting held in Birnin-kebbi on the alignment for sections 1 & 2 of the superhighway, covering 120 KM in Sokoto and 258 KM in Kebbi, totaling 378 KM, and ending in Badagry, Lagos State. In  his opening remarks, the Honourable Minister disclosed that the superhighway will begin  from Illela in Sokoto (120 KM)  through Argungu, Bunza, and Kamba, ending at Bida town in Niger State for the first and second phases. Umahi explained that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu would officially kick off the project in Kebbi State, benefiting the people of the state, especially in agriculture, commerce, and boosting security. He stated, "I request the people of Kebbi State and Sokoto State to support this project. Wherever there is a need to compensate the people, we will sit down with you and work it out with the local communities." The Minister noted that the route of the superhighway was the oldest Trans-Sahara trade route, initiated over 48 years ago but not implemented until President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's administration. He emphasized that the federal government would start using concrete for road construction in the Northern region to ensure longevity for up to 100 years. Umahi also highlighted that the federal government had completed many road projects in Sokoto State and promised that all road projects in Kebbi State, particularly the Koko-Mahuta-Dabai and Malando-Wara roads, would be addressed. He added that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu should be commended for implementing the 48-year-old project, which would benefit not only Nigerians but also neighboring countries like Niger Republic, Bénin, and others. In his remarks, the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, described the project as very important. He noted that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had asked cabinet members to source funds for executing the project despite global economic challenges. Bagudu stated that the vision of the President was to address the reality on ground and secure necessary funding for the benefit of Nigerians and future generations. He said, "That is why President Bola Ahmed Tinubu directed us to go and source the funds to6 execute our projects. Nigeria is the most vibrant economy with a lot of potential capacity. This project is just the tip of the iceberg. Nigerians should expect many more of  such projects." He added that due to the courage and determination of the current administration, world leaders have acknowledged Nigeria's boldness and readiness to assist in areas of need. Kebbi State Governor, Dr. Nasir Idris, commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for implementing the project and kicking it off in Kebbi State. Idris sought the state's input on the route passages, noting that the government wanted the project execution to be fair and just to the communities directly benefiting from it. "We need to give our inputs before the conclusion of the project so that we can do justice to our people. We are taking a lion's share of the project, and we have to be just and fair to our people since the project will have direct benefits for them," he said. The Governor also sought the Minister's intervention on the Koko-Mahuta-Dabai and Malando-Wara roads, stressing that the people of these areas, including four LGAs, are suffering due to bad roads. Senator Adamu Aliero, representing Kebbi Central Senatorial District, expressed his full support for the project and urged the Minister to address the Koko-Mahuta-Dabai and Malando-Wara roads. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Works, Senator Barinade Npigi, commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for implementing the project, noting that it had been initiated over 48 years ago. He assured that the Senate would continue to support the Presidency in executing meaningful projects for Nigerians.  Hon. Hakeem Alabi, stated that the House of Representatives would also provide legislative support to ensure appropriate budget allocation for the President's projects. Traditional rulers, including the Emir of Argungu Alhaji Samaila Muhammad Mera, pledged support and cautioned against potential flooding during construction. Former Governor Alhaji Saidu Nasamu Dakingari commended President Tinubu for liberating a vast forest area. Abdullahi Ameen Mohammed For: Ag Director Press and Public Relations ...

Jul
04
2024

Super-Highway construction: Works Minister call on Investors to leverage on its Economic Potentials The Minister of Works, Sen. (Engr) David Umahi has called on Investors and political stakeholders to leverage on the infrastructural development drive of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Ahmed Tinubu to boost economic activities in the country.   Senator Umahi made the call at the Stakeholders engagement meeting on the alignment of Niger (125klm), Kwara (188klm) which is (313klm) out of 1000klm Super-Highway in Ilorin on 4th July 2024.   The Minister further calls on the stakeholders to stand on the mandate of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to ensure that one of the legacy projects which include the alignment of Sokoto to Badagry Super-Highway is achieved.   In his remarks, the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulahmam Abdulrasaq, who was represented by Kayode Alabi thanked Mr. President and the Minister of Works for this Renewed Hope Legacy Infrastructure Project which connects Kwara to Sokoto 1000km Super-Highway project's which will boost Nigeria's Economic prosperity.    Also speaking, the Niger State Governor, Mohamed Umaru Bago states that Nigeria needs a value chain in Agriculture and Road Infrastructure, He called on all the Stakeholders to join hands to move the Renewed Hope Agenda of Mr. President. Bago said in Niger State no compensation will be paid for Road Infrastructure, because the road is for the development of the State.    ...

Jul
01
2024

FG TERMINATES CONTRACTS WITH MOTHERCAT, DANTATA & SAWOE AND RCC COMPANIES FOR NON-PERFOMANCE ON THE DUALIZATION OF OBAJANA-BENIN ROAD; SECTIONS II, III AND IV, WARNS THAT GOING FORWARD, ALL FUNDED BUT NON-PERFORMING CONTRACTS SHALL BE TERMINATED The Federal Ministry of Works has terminated contract numbers 6136, 6137 and 6138 with Mothercat Ltd, Dantata & Sawoe Construction Ltd and RCC Ltd respectively. The projects affected by this termination are the dualization of Obajana - Benin road, section II (Okene - Auchi) in Kogi/Edo State; the dualization of Obajana - Benin road, section III (Auchi - Ehor) in Edo State and the dualization of Obajana - Benin road section IV (Ehor - Benin) in Edo State. The termination of the said contracts became necessary in view of the inordinate delay of the affected companies in job performance and their failure, neglect and or refusal to fulfil their contractual obligations as required by the Standard Conditions of Contract and this has affected the timely completion of the projects and thus resulted in the expiration of the contracts by effluxion of time. The projects which were awarded on 3rd December 2012 were advertently abandoned by the contractors and no genuine commitment or good faith was shown towards executing the projects after accepting the considerations offered by the Federal Government and thereby exposing the road users to untold hardship due to the deplorable condition of the projects. The Honourable Minister has therefore directed the engineers in charge to take necessary steps to enter upon both the site and the works and take the same over from the affected companies. He further directs the engineers concerned to, upon doing the needful, arrange with the affected companies for a joint measurement of work so far done by the said companies preparatory to taking over the sites from the said companies, and this directive is without prejudice to the exercise of other rights of Federal Government under the contract. He warns that the Federal Ministry of Works under his watch will not condone acts of unseriousness and sabotage by contractors whose plan is to become a clog in the wheel of progress of the Renewed Hope administration which is determined to change the ugly narrative of Nigeria's road infrastructure. He further warns that going forward, the government will not hesitate in terminating all projects that are funded but are non-performing.   ...

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Jan
13
2024

New Permanent Secretary Works Yakubu Kofarmata Assures of Innovation to Achieving Renewed Hope Agenda

The newly deployed Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Works has given assurance that subsequent new innovations in the Ministry shall be geared towards achieving Mr. President's Renewed Hope Agenda in infrastructural development, especially in road construction and rehabilitation for ease of doing business in all sector of the Nigerian Economy. He made this remark after signing and receiving the hand over notes in the Ministry. The new Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Works Mr. Yakubu Kofarmata, was extremely glad to be back to the Ministry, haven served preiviously in the Ministry as an Asst. Director.

He was Particularly delighted seeing a good number of female leaders and architects still present, adding that it was an indication that the Ministry of works is a place that can bring the needed change in the country.

Mr YAKUBU KOFARMATA said in his words “I come here as a brother, friend and colleague and so we have to work together to help the President as well as the Honorable Minister to achieve all that they have spelt out in their agenda”.

Kofarmata further expressed optimism that his leadership would be a new beginning that would bring about innovation for the Ministry and the Country at large.
 

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Jul
15
2024

Welcome Address By The Permanent Secretary Ministry Of Works Ebonyi State On The 29th Meeting Of The National Council On Works

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It is with great pleasure and honour that I stand before you today as we gather in the beautiful city of Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, for the 29th Meeting of the National Council on Works.

On behalf of the Ministry of Works, Ebonyi State, I extend a warm welcome to each and every one of you.

This annual meeting provides a vital platform for us to come together, share insights, and collaborate on strategies that will drive the development of our nation's infrastructure. As we navigate through the challenges and opportunities in the realm of public works, it is essential that we work together towards sustainable solutions that will benefit our communities and improve the quality of life for all Nigerians. I believe that our discussions over the next few days will be fruitful, inspiring, and enlightening.

Let us harness the collective expertise and experience present in this room to address the pressing issues facing our sector and to pave the way for a brighter future for our nation.

I encourage you all to engage actively, share your perspectives, and foster meaningful connections with your fellow participants.

Let us seize this opportunity to learn from each other, to innovate, and to chart a course towards a more resilient and efficient infrastructure landscape for Nigeria.

Once again, I express my sincere gratitude to each one of you for your presence here today. Let us work together with dedication, passion, and a shared vision for progress. Together, we can achieve remarkable feats and leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Thank you, and let us commence this 29th Meeting of the National Council on Works with enthusiasm, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence.

Thank you and welcome to the hospitality of the salt of the nation.

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