Minister Decrys Contractors’ Low Level Engagement Of Nigerian Engineers On Projects
The Honourable Minister of State I for Power, Works and Housirang, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri has admonished contractors handling various road projects in Nigeria to engage more indigenous Engineers.
The Minister stated this while on official tour to road, housing and power projects in the Norths East geo-political Zone comprising Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa,Taraba,Yobe and Borno States, recently in order to supervise as well as make sure that government’s mandate concerning the development of critical infrastructure is achieved.
Baba Shehuri expressed his displeasure over the low level of employment to Nigerian Engineers “I am disappointed that you employ a few Nigerian Engineers. There are qualified graduates and Government has embarked on these projects to meet the needs of Nigerians, as well as, reduce the high rate of unemployment among the youth”.
The Minister, who was accompanied on the inspection tour by the Director, Highways, North East Zone, Engr. Mohammed Rufai, Ag. Zonal Director, Housing, Arc. Waziri Micah Mshelia and other top Officials of the Ministry explained that the focus of the present Administration is for the contracts to be local content oriented by employing qualified engineers and artisans on the various construction sites, thereby boosting the socio-economic activities of the host communities.
Hon. Shehuri inspected the following projects within the zone;
1. Bauchi States - the construction of roads on Burga-Dull-Mbati-II-Tandum- Gobbiya-Badagari-Gwarangar-Sum, Ningi-Yadagungume-Fuskar Mata, Phase III, Tudun Wuss-Wundi-Baraza-Durr-Zumbul- Polchi-Dot-Kwanar.
2. Gombe State - the rehabilitation of Bridges and roads along Bauchi and Gombe road, Emergency re-instatement of a failed section between kilometer 33 + 800 and kilometer 37 + 700 on the Gombe- Bauchi road.
3. Adamawa State - Completion of Gombe-Numan-Yola road, Phase II, the Rehabilitation of Yola-Hong-Mubi Road, the Rehabilitation of Numan-Jalingo Road Rehabilitation of Gombe-Biu Road. Borno State - the Rehabilitation of Damaturu- Biu Road.
4. Borno State-Inspection of the Construction of Sub-Station and Installtion of 1x150MWAat Bama Local Government Area (LGA),Inspection of Dualization of Kano-Maiduguri Road, Section V (damaturu-Maiduguri) in Borno State. C/No 5880, Inspection of Dualization of Kano-Maiduguri Road, Section IV (Potiskum-Damaturu) in Yobe State. C/No 5881, Inspection of Dualization of Kano-Maiduguri Road, Section III (Azare-Potiskum) in Yobe State. C/No 5871, Inspection of Dualization of Kano-Maiduguri Road, Section II, Azare-Shuarin.
According to the Minister, the Government, determined to address housing deficit in the country, developed a National Housing Programme by constructing affordable houses that will also take care of socio-cultural setting of Nigerians. The houses, which are at different stages of completion, include One Bedroom, Two Bedroom, Three Bedrooms and Semi Detached Bungalow. The construction sites inspected are; the National Housing Programme (NHP) site along Ningi Airport Road, Bauchi, NHP, Sangere Village, along Yola-Numan Road, NHP, Auno, Borno State.
Power Projects inspected includes the 49 megawatts Hydro Power Project in Dakin Kowa, Yamaltu- Deba Local Government Area, the installation of 2 x 60 MVA transformers, 132 KVA Substation at Billiri, Maiduguri TCN at Molai.
Various constraints and challenges experienced by the Roads, Housing and Power Contractors, particularly those working in Borno axis, include security, non-availability of materials, as well as payment. The Minister promised to look into all the issues raised, he, however, urge them to work according to the projects specifications and timelines.
While on the inspection, the Minister paid courtesy visits on His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar and his counterpart in Adamawa States, Alh. Bindow Jubrilla. Governor Abubakar hailed the School Feeding Programme of the Federal Government, saying that it has conquered hunger in the rural environment.
His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Mr.Martin Babale appreciated the Federal Government for siting various projects in the State, while calling on Nigerians to support the good work of President Buhari by re-electing him 2019.
Various indigenous and non-indigenous vendors took their turns to appreciate the effort of the Federal Government in improving their lives. Many reported upgrade in socio and financial status and commended President Buhari for a work well done
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