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20 March, 2018

Stakeholders Laud FG For Improvements In Nation’s Road Sector

* As Fashola presents Federal Highways (Control of Dimensions, Weights and Axle Load) Regulations 2018
* NURTW, NARTO, PTD, other transport unions applaud FG for the on-going rehabilitations and reconstruction of roads across the country, pledge support
* The road sector in the country never had it as good as is being currently experienced despite the shortfall in the nations revenue generation NURTW National President
* From 2015 to date, my administration has constructed several hundreds of kilometres of inter-state federal roads and bridges- Buhari

Stakeholders in the nation’s road sector, Monday in Abuja lauded the improvements on the roads across the country, commending the Federal Government, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, and his team for the innovative approach to road management since the inception of the Buhari Administration.

Speaking at a One-Day Public Enlightenment on the Developments in the Road Sector, the stakeholders, who included the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), and Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association among other road users, noted that the Minister has done a lot to restore confidence of Nigerians on the nation’s road sector.

In his goodwill message at the Nigerian Air Force Conference Centre venue of the event, President of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Najimdeem Yasin, congratulated the Minister for his  efforts in executing the 2017 budgetary proposals as regards to the development of road network across the country.
Represented at the occasion by Alhaji Nasiru, the NURTW President also expressed appreciation to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for the prudent management of the nation’s scarce resources noting that since the beginning of the present administration, the road sector in the country never had it as good as is being currently experienced despite the shortfall in the nation’s revenue generation.

The NURTW boss, however, pointed out that as the efforts and actions of the government to improve the roads were being applauded, it was also necessary to direct its attention to a lot more of the roads that still needed urgent attention  urging the Minister to put in place a mechanism to institutionalize the culture of construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of Federal roads as well as putting necessary instruments that would guide against the abuse of the roads by the road users.

Such mechanisms, the Union leader said, included weighbridges, transit parks and provision of other road furniture adding that as a transport workers’ union occupying the leadership of the International Transport Federation (ITF) and the Global Vice President, the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers had taken the sensitization and training of its members very seriously as it could not afford to operate short of international standard.

Disclosing that the NURTW, in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) regularly organized series of enlightenment campaigns for the union members in order to encourage them to maintain good driving culture, the Union boss declared, “I want to assure you of our continuous support and loyalty to every initiative that will improve the safety and sustenance of roads in the Federation”.

In his goodwill message on behalf of his association, the President of the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Alhaji Kassim Bataiya, expressed appreciation to the Minister for matching his words with action recalling that on the first of February 2018, the Minister, at a meeting with the various transport unions in his office, did promise that he would convoke such an enlightenment Workshop.
Represented by the Executive Secretary of the Union, Mr. Aloga I. Okpobo, the NARTO President, who was last week elected President of the African Road Transport Union in Marrakech, Morocco, commended the Minister for keeping his words applauding him for the on-going rehabilitations and reconstruction of roads across the country.

Noting that the government was currently raising  funds from various sources to meet the required funding of roads in the country, the union President declared, “This has demonstrated that in a very short time  Nigerian roads will meet the expectations of Nigerians”.

He also recalled that during the last meeting with the Minister, the unions made various recommendations including the issue of Axle Load, which, according to him, was on the front burner of the discussions adding that the recommendations which were both in the short, medium and long terms, included the banning of the importation of 60,000 litres capacity trucks into the country as they were negatively impacting the roads in the country.

Alhaji Bataiya also recalled that the Unions recommended to the Minister that those constructing such trucks above 60,000 litres in the country should be warned to desist forthwith adding that the Unions also asked government to give a five year moratorium to enable owners of such vehicles to recoup their investment before the final phase out.

Other recommendations, he said, include that the Federal Government should ban the use of steel trucks and replace them with aluminum trucks “because aluminum trucks are lighter in terms of weight capacity” and for the Government to continue the road rehabilitation and expansion it has earlier started as, adding that while the ban of the use of steel trucks would address the issue of axle load, the rehabilitation and expansion of roads would “go a long way in bringing relief to Nigerian roads”.

Pledging the support of the association to the Federal Government “in all its efforts to put Nigerian roads on course”, the NARTO boss declared, “We are also here to say that we are totally in support of this workshop and to commend the Hon. Minister for putting the workshop together because in doing so he has matched his words with action”.

In his own goodwill message, the National Chairman of the Petroleum Tankers Drivers Association, Mr. Salimon Akanni Oladiti, commended the Minister for “his courage” in organizing the Workshop pointing out that it is only when one is courageous and doing something right that such a person could invite the public to brief them of such action.

Noting that the workshop would give participants a further insight into the developments in the road sector, the Chairman declared, “As major stakeholders in the Nigerian road sector, we have in recent times witnessed tremendous efforts on the part of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing which has made us to believe that the dark and horrible days of bad roads will soon be over”.

“It is also important to use this opportunity to commend the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing under the headship of Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, for the increased strides his Ministry has been making since he mounted the saddle as the Hon. Minister in his stride to improve the road network. His efforts to reactivate road signage for the safety of road users is unparalleled in the history of Nigerian roads”.

Others who gave good will messages included the President Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria,  High Chief Musa Shehu Isawere, represented by Comrade Henry Ejioffor, who also commended the Minister for the innovations he has introduced into the management of the nation’s road sector and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who said in identifying with the convocation of the Workshop, he would be the ultimate beneficiary pointing out that the impressive turnout of the trade unions only signified the fact that they were in full support and in alignment with the Minister adding, “ It means less agitations and strikes”.

In his Keynote address, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented at the occasion by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha, said the convocation of the Workshop was an indication of the important role that road transportation plays in the nation’s economic development adding that the critical place of road transportation in the country’s evolution and the national life had never been more alive than presently.

“Presently the haulage of industrial goods, agricultural produce and industrial raw material, petroleum products, power plant components and other economic materials required in the manufacturing sector, are carried out using the road network”, the President noted adding that it was this realization that underscored the promise of change by the present administration in May 2015 with infrastructure as a priority.
Pointing out that this has been fulfilled by the administration “by policy and action, President Buhari further declared, “It is on record that this administration has raised the budgetary allocation for Capital project from 15 per cent to a minimum of 30 per cent and committed to physical stimulus targeted at infrastructure”.

“The result is the revival of construction activities and other projects nationwide. From 2015 to date, my administration has constructed several hundred kilometres of inter-state federal roads and bridges to ease the movement of persons, goods and services”, he said adding, however, that in order to take the full benefit of the projects, when finally completed and get value for the investment “we must change our ways and this government has signed on for that change”.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, said the Workshop was meant to reflect and agree on the need for change about how Nigerians have used their Road infrastructure adding that the country’s Economic growth, National productivity and job opportunities would be impacted by the conclusions and resolutions of the meeting.

Noting that there are now existing treaty obligations within the West African sub region and beyond that regulate the amount of load any goods vehicle can put on an axle and by extension on the road in order to do business within ECOWAS and beyond, Fashola said the only way to optimize the opportunities that lie in road networks like Trans-Saharan highway that connects Nigeria to Chad, Niger, Tunisia, Mali and Algeria; the Lagos- Abidjan Highway through Benin, Togo and Ghana, or the Enugu- Cameroon Highway through Abakaliki – Ogoja , Ikom and Mfum was to sensitize road transporters and imbibe the existing treaties.

The Minister, who thanked the President for finally signing the instruments of ratification as soon as it was brought to his attention, after many years of delay prior to his tenure, added, “This meeting is critical to the achievement of our common goal for shared prosperity. Our compliance with these regulations will open a massive door of opportunity and prosperity of cross-border trade to Nigerians engaged in the transport business”.

“This is why this meeting was convened; because when President Buhari once said that “we will change our habits and we will change Nigeria,” I believe this is one of the things he had in mind. While it is true that we could have done better by way of massive investment in our transport infrastructure during the windfall of income from oil, this Government is now rapidly and aggressively addressing road transport infrastructure repairs, rehabilitation and construction as many of you who travel regularly will attest”, he said.

Fashola, who noted that there is no state in Nigeria today, where contractors would not be seen busy at work, added, “The crux of this meeting is to first acknowledge the President is only one man who cannot be everywhere, and secondly to recognize that we are the actors of the change that is required to take us to prosperity and thirdly to recognize that, the way we use the roads when finally completed will determine how long they last and whether they deliver prosperity or not”.

In a Communiqué issued after the Workshop, participants expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for the on-going rehabilitation and reconstruction of roads across the country, affirming the need for enforcement of axle load limit to safeguard the nation’s road infrastructure while also emphasizing the reintroduction of toll gates on federal highways as a means to improve revenue generation for the maintenance of roads.

Realizing the damaging effects of overloading on the nation’s road network, participants advocated that all Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) owners and operators should abide by the the new Axle Load limit regime in Nigeria in line with the ECOWAS Supplementary Act/SP.17/02/12 relating to the harmonization of standards and procedures for the control of dimensions, weight and axle load of goods vehicles within the ECOWAS Member States.

Other highpoints of the Communiqué are reaffirmation of need to operationalize the weighbridge stations on Federal roads to check overloading, recognizing the need for adherence by motorists to road signage for safety, need for all stakeholders to join hands to halt the abuse on Nigerian roads and agreement that tank farm owners and sea port operators should comply with the axle load limits by installing weighbridges at their depots/ports.

Also present at the occasion were the Minister of Transportation, Right Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, represented by Dr. (Mrs.) Anthonia Ekpa, FCT Minister represented by the Executive Secretary FCDA, Engr U.G. Jibrin, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, among other dignitaries and stakeholders

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.
14 March, 2018
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
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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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9 February, 2017

Remarks By Honourable Minister At The Inauguration Of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Commissioners

Welcome to this solemn but important event that has the propensity to profoundly and positively impact the electricity sector of our economy.

Pursuant to the nomination of suitably qualified Nigerians by Mr. President and the confirmation of the Senate, we gather to inaugurate:

1. Messrs Sanusi Garba, an Engineer (Electrical)-Vice Chairman
2. Professor Frank Okafor, an Engineer (Electrical)
3. Dafe C. Akpeneye, a Legal Practitioner
4. Nathan Roger Shatti, an Accountant
5. Dr. Musiliu O. Oseni, an Economist
6. Dr. Moses Arigu, a Scientist & Mathematician

as Commissioners of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

They have been chosen in the manner prescribed by law; and I particularly welcome their arrival for many reasons:
a)    Provides stability in governance regulatory action and institution building to the sector; and
b)    It allows the Ministry to focus on policy; coordination and completion of on-going Generation and Transmission projects.

I will like to thank Dr. Anthony Akah, who acted in capacity of CEO of NERC for about a year.  His service to his country is highly appreciated and he must now hand over to the Vice-Chairman and his fellow Commissioners and return to his normal schedule of duties.

For the information of the public, this occasion provides the opportunity to again share knowledge with ourselves about the Nigerian Power Sector.

The first thing to emphasize is that the power sector has been privatized.

This process occurred and was concluded in November, 2013; and has resulted in the vesting of majority of Power Generation and Power Distribution in the hands of private owners.

So for the avoidance of doubt, power is now in private hands, and government is now largely a policy maker, and Regulator.  Policy is the work of the Ministry and as I said, the completion of on-going Generation projects and Transmission projects.

Regulation is the work of NERC acting through the Commissioners we inaugurate today.

So for all those seeking license to generate power, to build coal and solar plants, and all other similar proposals, your letters should go to NERC not to the Ministry – Although you can copy us for information.

For all those who have issues with Meters, Estimated Billing, Customer Service issue, this is the work of NERC to ensure that the DISCOs perform and I urge you to direct your complaints to them, and keep us informed about the service they render to you, because we oversee them; but will not interfere with their work.

To NERC and the new Commissioners, I welcome you on board. 

Be firm, but fair.

Regulate but be business oriented.

Remember that regulations are Rules; and Rules are made for us, we are not made for the Rules.  Regulate with the understanding that the industry is young, in Transition and needs support.

I wish you success and you can count on the support of the Ministry.


7TH FEBRUARY, 2017.    

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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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20 March, 2018


Representative of the President Secretary to the Federal Government Mr Boss Gida Mustapha 2nd leftHon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN2nd rightHonMinister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngigeright and the Corps Marshal Federal Road Safety Corps Dr Boboye Oyeyemi leftduring the Opening Session of the One Day Public Enlightenment on Developmentsin the Road Sectororganized by the Ministry of Power Works and Housingat the Nigeria Air Force Conference Centre Abuja on Monday 19th March 2018

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