The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, has urged Federal Controllers of works and Housing to wake up to their responsibilities of being drivers of the Ministry’s mandate.
According to a press release signed and issued by the Senior Information Officer, Olusegun Ogunlayode, the Minister made the call at a meeting with the Minister of State, Permanent Secretary, Directors of the Ministry with Federal Controllers of Works and those of Housing, together with the Management and State Commanders of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Abuja.
The Minister stated that the purpose of the meeting was to share information as well as build cordial working relationship between the Federal Road Safety Commission and Federal Controllers of Works and Housing in the states on how to meet up with challenges confronting the road and housing sectors.
Fashola stated that maintenance of road rests at the door steps of the Federal Controllers in their respective states, hence they must strive towards building sustainable working relationship with all the stakeholders by adopting proactive strategies towards sensitizing their host communities in the area of Right of Way management. According to him, “through the collective responsibility, the Right of Way could be recovered.”
The Minister also implored the Federal Controllers particularly from Works sector and officials of FRSC to work harmoniously to ensure that all Federal highways across the nation are safe and in good motorable conditions all year round. He further charged the Federal Controllers to restore all kilometre signages, directional signs and to ensure that broken down vehicles are cleared from the highways.
He assured the Federal Controllers of Housing that all Federal Secretariats in the states will be renovated just as he promised that those without Federal Secretariat will be included in subsequent budgets since there is no provision for that this year’s appropriation.
Having promised that adequate provisions will be in place to facilitate their work, the Minister implored the Federal Controllers to channel their requests through the Permanent Secretary. He added that “Leadership by Project Management” will be adopted in measuring the performance of each Federal Controller.
In his remarks, the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri, challenged the Federal Controllers to, at all times, work in collaboration with the FRSC, state and local governments, as well as other security agencies within their respective domains.