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14 March, 2018

FG Inaugurates Governing Council For Federal School Of Surveying

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN has urged the newly inaugurated Governing Council of the Federal School of Surveying, Oyo to be mindful of the purpose for which they were nominated and ‘be problem solvers, solution finders and peace builders” in the onerous task ahead of them.

While inaugurating the Governing Council on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Fashola explained that the Council will be responsible, as provided by the Act establishing the School, for the general management of its affairs, control of its properties and finances. He added that the purpose of the Schoo, is to “provide instructions, training and research in survey and related courses”.

The Minister explained that the objective for which the School was established, which is to produce technical, professional and other skilled manpower necessary for surveying and  mapping, requires it to function properly in carrying out its mandate. He further added that part of the Ministry’s mandate to formulate and implement the policies of the Federal Government of Nigeria is to survey and map out both internal and international boundaries and this, he said would require appropriate contributions from skilled manpower, without which the task will be difficult to achieve.

Fashola urged members of the Governing Council to always deal with the challenges of producing skilled manpower and professional surveyors. He reiterated President Buhari’s commitment to infrastructure development, citing the security challenges facing some schools as there would be need to plan how to rebuild, merge and protect such schools, especially those destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East. He encouraged them to cultivate the spirit of team work, reflect transparency and accountability so as to properly represent the Federal Government.

In his remarks at the occasion, the Honourable Minister of State II, Surv. Suleiman Hassan Zarma stated that as an Alumus of the School, its standards has drastically dropped, thereby charging the newly inaugurated members to do their utmost zest in restoring the past glory of the School.

The Chairman of the Governing Council and Surveyor-General of the Federation, Surv. Ebisintei Awudu, in his acceptance speech, on behalf of other members, thanked Mr. President as well as the Ministers for the confidence repose in them, while promising that the Council will not disappoint the Ministry in carrying out its assignment.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mohammed Bukar, Directors of the Ministry and family members of the newly inaugurated Governing Council were in attendance at the occasion.

FG Creates Long Time Funding For Infrastructural Development- As Fashola Inspects Roads And Mass Housings Projects The Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, has said that the federal government is working hard to ensure the creation of infrastructural funding to finance roads, power and mass housing projects among others across the nation. According to him, ‘’funding of critical infrastructure will prevent the inherited and reoccurrence of abandon projects due to lack of budgetary provision’’. He added that departments of government agencies are already working closely to put in place, a structure for long time funding of federal projects. The Minister on arrival in Kano paid a courtesy visit to Governor Abdulahi Ganguje and commended the state government for its critical role in economic development of the country. He stated that the construction of the 360 kilometers Abuja-Kaduna-Zaira-Kano roads has been awarded to Julius Berger, adding that while the contract is been formalized, a routine maintance is been undertaking by the Metropolitan and Mothercat construction companies. In his remarks, the Deputy Governor of Kano, Prof. Adis Abubakar, on behalf of the governor, thanked the Minister for significant federal government ongoing projects in the state and expressed the readiness of the state government to continue to partner with the ministry. Fashola also paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Mohammad Sanusi Lamido in his palace, stating his mission is to attend a Top Management Retreat organised by the ministry in Kano and that he has deemed it necessary to pay homage to him. He stated that on his way to the palace, he stopped over to inspect the Tamburawa Bridge project which has been damaged by artisanal and illegal sand mining activities and erosion. He enjoined the emir to appeal to the illegal miners to move farther away from the construction location to enable the contractor undertaking the repair works deliver appropriately on the project.    In his response, His Royal Highness, Mohammad Sanusi Lamido applauded the efforts of President Mohammadu Buhari for paying attention to critical infrastructural development projects across the country since assumption of office. He added that electricity and power generation has significantly increased, which has translated into the creation and revival of more industries in Kano and the country at large. According to him, ‘’Kano as a city and state, is experiencing about 16 to 18 hours uninterrupted power supply in the last one year or so’’. In a similar development, the Minister also inspected the National Housing Programme undergoing construction at Rigachchukwun, Kaduna North. He said that government is running a pilot scheme of housing prototypes to test the level of acceptability and affordability of Nigerians before embarking on a large scale construction of mass housing programme. The Minister added that the gains of the present administration is getting people to work and restoring their dignity. He cited the case of one of the labourer in Kaduna site called Ado, who has earned a living and even married a wife by productively engaged in the construction of the housing project some 8 months ago. ‘’We are starting an eco system of activities such as sand; paint, gravel and roofing sheet’’. According to him, ‘’if you imagine 10 of these sites in Kaduna and 10 in each state of the federation and thousand of Ado who can go to work every day, that is a victory to me and I can say to the government’’.
13 March, 2018
"Funding Key To Infrastructure Development" - Engr. Mohammed Adequate funding has been identified as a key ingredient to road development and, indeed, all aspects of development. This was disclosed by the Director, Highways, North East, Engr.  Rufa'i Mohammed, while on an inspection of on going construction works on Federal roads in the Zone. 2. While briefing Mediamen, at the end of the Tour of Duty, the Director opined that past Administrations paid lip service to road development financing, stressing that "the entire 2015 Capital Allocation to the Works Sector was a mergre N18 billion compared to over N200 billion in 2016 and N... for 2017., hence the accelerated development of road infrastructure being witnessed, nationwide." 3. Engr. Rufa'i observered that though the personnel responsible for planning, supervision, monitoring and development of road infrastructure in the country, in the Ministry and the construction industry remain, largely, unchanged, the financing has significantly changed. 4. The Director, Highways, North East Zone further disclosed that, apart from increased budgetary allocations, the present Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has, recently, released additional funds to select 25 - road and brigde projects, under the Sukuk (bonds), a novel financing window hitherto unexplored in the provision of critical road infrastructure, in Nigeria. 5. Recurring decimals from all the Federal road projects visited in the Zone were increased tempo of work occassioned by adequate funding, out pouring of ecomious on the Federal Government from the contractors, motorists, benefiting communities, construction workers and service providers and, most importantly, reduction in travel time and the cost of vehicle maintenance. None of the Federal Controllers of Works in the States visited nor the Contractors complained about lack of paymen for certified jobs executed. 6. Some of the projects visited are, but not limited to ; Dualisation of Kano - Maiduguri Road, Sections II ( Shuwarin - Azare in Jigawa and Bauchi States ), III ( Azare-Potiskum in Bauchi and Yobe States ), IV  ( Potiskum - Damaturu ) and V ( Damaturu - Maiduguri in Yobe and Borno States ) and the Rehabilitation of Gombe - Numan - Yola Road, Phase II ( Gombe - Kaltungo in Gombe State) and the Emergency Reinstatement of Failed Sections of Gombe - Bauchi Road in Gombe State. Others include the Rehabilitation of Damaturu - Biu Road in Yobe and Borno States, Rehabilitation of Nguru - Gashua - Bayamari Road, Section I, Phase I ( Nguru - Gashua in Yobe State ), Rehabilitation of Nguru -Gashua - Bayamari Road, Section II, Phase I ( Gashua - Bayamari in Yobe State ), Construction of Ningi - Yadagungume - Fuskar Mata Road, Phase III in Bauchi and Plateau States, Construction of Burga - Dull - Mbatt ll - Tandum - Gobbiya - Badagari - Gwarangar - Sum Road in Bauchi State and the Construction of Yalo - Bashar - Dengi Road in Bauchi and Plateau States
5 March, 2018
FG To Utilize Infrastructure Bond Instrument To Finance Critical Road/ Bridge Projects-Fashola In its bid to fast track road/bridge projects development nationwide, the Federal Government is to utilize Infrastructure Bond Investment from finance institutions and investors. This was disclosed by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola while receiving Institutional Investors, inclusive of HSBC, China group 3 and 4 led by the Managing Director of Stanbic IBTC, Dr. Damola Sogunle, in his office on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Fashola explained that to finance road/bridge projects through Tax Relief and Islamic banking “Sukuk” cannot be enough to provide infrastructure development in Nigeria, adding that Infrastructure Bond Instrument will complement government efforts at providing the needed critical infrastructure to end users. He stated that the inability of Nigerian government to appropriately in the past informed the present administration, channeling its energy towards economic recovery through agriculture. In the same vein, the Minister expressed the need for a reset in the housing sector in the country. He emphasized that the “financial establishment must stand as the vanguard of the reset” by borrowing a leaf from countries that have successfully utilized similar investment practice, such as United Kingdom. Fashola disclosed that the Pilot Home for the National Housing Programme of the present administration has taken off in 33 States of the federation. This, he said is made up of one to three bedrooms model which are expected to be valued accordingly, considering the standard and infrastructure. The Minister, further disclosed that the Federal Government who is currently holding 40% equity in the power sector, is of the opinion that privatization is logical, arguing that it has been successful in the media, banking, aviation sectors amongst others. According to him, the Ministry will optimize on existing capacity even as government has approved distribution extension programme in power. He added that investors in the power sector should be able to bring in value by looking at areas where investment is actually required; saying that supply of meters will improve service delivery and end user confidence in the DISCOs. Earlier, the Managing Director of Stanbic IBTC, Dr. Damola Sogunle, explained that the investors were interested in financing projects that will impact positively in infrastructure. He added that the visit will enable the investor in Nigeria have information and good understanding of what is happening in the Ministry and the country at large in order to make proper investment decision. The meeting was attended by Minister of State 1, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri, the Permanent Secretary, (Power Sector), Engr. Lious Edozien, Director of Finance, (Works and Housing Sector), Alhaji Ibrahim Tumsa and other Directors in the Ministry.
1 March, 2018
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8 March, 2018

Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector)

In Conjunction with

Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)

On Distribution Expansion Programme

General Procurement Notice

Concessioning of the 10mw Katsina Wind Farm

The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) intends to concession the 10MW Katsina Wind Farm to interested companies, as part of Government’s strategy to increase Generation Capacity and enhance the reliability of the National Grid. 

2.    The project is to:

(a) Concession the 37 - Turbines 10MW Wind Farm at Lambar Rimi, Katsina State, the associated, generation and distribution facilities and 200 hectare land it is situated on.

(b) Integrate Solar Power generation capacity into the existing facility (Wind Farm).

(c) Supply uninterrupted power to selected Eligible Customers in the vicinity of the Wind Farm and supply any excess power to a licensed distribution company at the Katsina Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) substation all under a power purchase agreement.

3.    Detailed advertisement to guide interested bidders will be announced shortly in two (2) national newspapers and one (1) relevant internationally recognized publication, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector)/ Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) official websites and Federal Tenders Journal.

Permanent Secretary
Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector)

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2 March, 2018

Remarks By Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN At The Inauguration Of The Governing Boards Of The Federal Housing Authority And The Federal Mortgage Bank Of Nigeria

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We gather today to perform a formality. We gather to inaugurate the Governing Boards of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) as required by their enabling statutes and as approved by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.

As simple and formal as this event is, it has profound consequences.

One consequence is that it offers opportunity to the Nigerians who we inaugurate today to participate in the decision-making process that affect the lives of millions of people, who will partake and benefit of the prosperity that a Housing economy offers.

It is an opportunity whose importance is not to be viewed lightly. This is the opportunity to participate by rendering service, and it is the hallmark of liberal democracy.

Every so often, many of us complain that things are not heading in the direction we like, but how many of us volunteer our time, our skills and our resources to affecting the course of events?

More importantly, how many of us accept to serve with titles that are not headline grabbing like President, Governor, Senator, and Local Government Chairman; and how many will accept to serve without a title?

I have said before that you do not need a title to serve, and if we all pause to look beyond in elective offices, and the big titles, we will see an enormous field of opportunities for service beckoning on men and women of goodwill to step forward and contribute to nation building.

This is the profound decision all of you have taken by accepting these appointments to serve in these two important institutions.

On behalf of President Buhari, the Government and People of Nigeria, I thank you for accepting and for the service you will render to our people.

As to what your roles will be, please let me implore you to quickly avail yourselves of a copy of the respective laws setting up your agencies, where your functions and powers are spelt out.

But if a guide is required, let me say that you will individually and collectively be the conscience of these agencies for implementing the policies of Government, with respect to public housing and mortgage financing in Nigeria.

Some of the programmes and projects of these Agencies will come to you for approvals, and it will be your duty to decide whether to approve or not.

In doing so, you will have to decide whether the proposals are consistent with Law, whether they advance public good, whether they will bring the greatest good to the greatest number of people.

As you undertake this responsibility, please permit me to remind you that it is men and women who build institutions and not the other way around.

Therefore, good institutions are the aggregate of good deeds of good men and women, while unsalutary institutions similarly represent the aggregate of the unsalutary deeds of men and women who, perhaps, were never worthy of the responsibility they were entrusted with.

Ladies and Gentlemen, since the FHA and FMBN were set up, they have experienced their fair share of challenges, while they have also become well-known brands within the country.

This is now your responsibility to reposition these brands and utilize them, by providing the guidance for the Managing Directors and Management teams of FHA and FMBN to enable them deliver service to Nigerians.

For the avoidance of doubt, let me state that the Policy of Government is to deliver Affordable Housing, acceptable to Nigerians and these agencies, whose brands you will now administer are the implementing arms of Government for: a) Housing delivery (FHA) and b) Housing Financing (FMBN).

The Managing Directors and their Management teams have the executive responsibility for carrying these out, subject to your Board oversight, approvals and advice, while the Ministry plays a supervisory role.

Therefore, we expect to see harmony, respect, teamwork and a healthy working co-operation between Board and Management.

On the part of the Ministry, I assure you that we will supervise but we will not interfere.

For your information, we are piloting a Housing Programme and currently constructing in 33 (Thirty-Three) States of Nigeria.

We do this to validate and test what type of housing design responds to Nigeria’s diverse cultural, climatic and religious needs, so as to ascertain what is acceptable and affordable.

We are at different stages of construction in different states, and we have commended these designs to FHA, without imposing them.

Our decision is informed by the evidence of previous housing initiatives that people did not take up and empty houses that still abound in almost every state of Nigeria.

These untaken houses, and the deficit of Housing, suggests to us that the untaken houses are either unacceptable or unaffordable or both.

We see housing as a product, and we take the view that before they can be delivered to market, we must know what the people want and what they can afford.

When our pilot is fully completed, these answers will become self-evident and this is when we can mass produce.

There is certainly nothing that stops FHA from undertaking other designs of housing if she can find a market for it, and she can deploy the income to cross-subsidize and make mass housing more affordable.

As for the financing side, this is critical to affordability and it is as much the function of FHA in cost management and delivery as it is that of FMBN in delivering mortgages of affordable tenures and costs. Since May 2015 to date FMBN has issued 2,724 mortgages worth N20.237BN to assist Nigerians buy their own homes; under the National Housing Fund.

Ladies and Gentlemen, once again, let me thank you for accepting to serve. The tenure and condition of service are contained in the letters of appointment that have been issued to you.

It is my honour and pleasure on behalf of Mr. President and the Federal Government of Nigeria to Inaugurate the Boards of the FMBN and FHA.

Please accept my best wishes for a successful tenure of service.

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

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13 March, 2018


Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SANleft Federal Controller of HousingTeam Leader in Akwa Ibom State ArcAqua Uzodinma left and others during the HonMinisters inspection of the ongoing construction of Storey Building2Bedroom and 3Bedroom Semi DetachedBungalows under the Federal Governments National Housing Programme inIkot Ntuen Nsit Affia Nsit Uyo Akwa Ibom State on Sunday 11th March 2018

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13 March, 2018


Hon Minister of PowerWorks Housing Mr Babatunde FasholaSANrightpresenting a copy of the Meter Asset Provider Regulations 2018 to theGovernor of Akwa Ibom State Mr Udom Emmanuelleft during the 25thMonthly Meeting of Operators in the Power Sector hosted by the Akwa Ibom State Government and Ibom Power at the Ibom Hall IBB Way Uyo Akwa Ibom State on Monday 12th March 2018

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