Commission completed projects to showcase achievements, lawmakers tell FG -GCFRNG
Let’s say Nigerians should have a good road network in these Ember months
By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA: The Senate Works Committee has called for the commissioning of completed projects, especially in the road sector, so that Nigerians will know and appreciate what the current administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari has been doing with the resources of the nation since its inception.
Committee Chair Senator Adamu Aliero, who led other members in the Supervisory role of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, commended the Minister, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fsshola, for the progress made in the areas of road infrastructure development in the whole country.
The Committee also commended Fashola and his team for the progress made so far in the construction, rehabilitation and expansion of roads throughout the country.
In addition, he called for the launch of completed projects saying that it would allow Nigerians to know and appreciate what the Muhammadu Buhari administration has been doing with the nation’s resources since the beginning.
Addressing the management of the Ministry, the chairman of the Senate Works Committee, Senator Adamu Aliero, expressed his appreciation for the work of the Ministry in terms of construction and rehabilitation of roads and said that it has become necessary to commission the completed projects so that the Nigerian public see them. .
The President, who said that the Committee recently concluded a national tour of the highway and bridge projects, stated: “We have to inform the public what the President has done in the highway sector. I ask you to take the initiative to order the parts or finished sections of the roads ”.
Also speaking along the same lines, Senator Ike Ekweremadu noted that a lot has been achieved in the last six years in the road sector, but because the finished roads were not being commissioned, it was difficult for most Nigerians to appreciate the achievements.
Senator Ekweremadu noted that some of the contractors have done well in carrying out their assignments on highway projects, while others have not, and therefore recommended that, in the face of funding shortfall, they be paid to contractors who do a good job, while those who do not do it well must be paid. be sanctioned.
He added that it was better to use available funds to pay contractors who are performing well rather than waiting for those who are not doing well.
In his remarks, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, who described the progress made so far in the construction and rehabilitation of highways across the country as tremendous, stated: “This administration has done very well in bringing people from poverty to poverty. prosperity ”, pointing out that almost all the projects inherited from the previous administration have been completed.
He told the Minister: “I appreciate what you are doing although you will receive a lot of criticism, we know that you are doing well.” Also reiterating the importance of commissioning completed projects, the legislator said: “We have to blow our own trumpet so that Nigerians know what we are doing.”
In his comments, the Minister explained that the concern of the Ministry was primarily to ensure the completion of the roads to provide Nigerians with quality travel time in terms of travel time and experience, adding that federal highways are very long roads that they connect cities and states rather than the roads within the city.
“I have continually explained to people that the roads that belong to the federal government are very long roads. They are highways that connect cities and states, unlike the highways within the city that connect local governments. “
“So sometimes someone asks me ‘when are you going to order the roads.’ And I ask them: “How, for example, do you commission the Kano-Maiduguri highway? from where the commissioning begins ”, said the minister.
According to him, “Completion happens in the way we do construction, you close a section of the road while you are building and after finishing, you open it for use. The day you start driving on the roads, it means that the roads have been put into operation. “
Noting that commissioning was best suited for municipal roads of five to ten kilometers, Fashola, however, promised that the Ministry would consider commissioning some of the completed roads, adding that the priority at this time was to provide Nigerians have a good road network, especially during these EMBER MONTHS. .
In the robust question and answer session, some of the legislators raised the issue of delays in the completion of some major roads, especially those that lead or pass through their districts or districts, urging the Minister to use his good offices to ensure their completion before departure. of the administration.
In response, Fashola listed some of the reasons for the apparent delays in project completion to include funding shortfalls, project location topography, and climate change issues, noting that the rainy season in Nigeria is always very challenging, especially for road construction.
“The other point I want to make is that the rainy season is always very challenging in Nigeria in terms of transport logistics,” the minister said, adding that roads through swampy or muddy terrain always pose more difficulties during construction, as the upper floors need to be replaced.
On the issue of the main projects financed under the initiative of the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) – Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Highway, Lagos-Ibadan Highway and the Second Niger Bridge-, Fashola said that much progress has been made in them adding the Buhari administration promised to deliver them before 2023.