The minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola has stated that the ministry would execute the second phase of the projects promised Nigerians at the inception of the present administration three years ago with the 2018 budget.
Fashola made this known yesterday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the progress made so far in the power, works and housing sectors in the three years stewardship of the Buhari-led government
He said, “Our progress report on public works relating to roads and bridges also confirms that we have fulfilled our promise. We have recovered the thousands of jobs that were lost to public works”.
“This recovery is the result of an expansive infrastructure spending that saw works budget grow from N18.132b in 2015 to N394b in 2018. The outcome is that there is not one state in Nigeria today where the federal government is not executing at least one road project while construction workers are engaged on these sites.
“Difficult or abandoned projects like the 2nd Niger bridge, Lagos-Ibadan expressway and the Bodo-Bonny bridge have been brought back to life, while sections of Ilorin-Jebba, Sokoto to Jega, Sokoto-Ilela have been completed, even as works continue on others nationwide,” the minister explained.
According to him, the aforementioned interventions on roads which has been expanded beyond interstate highways include 14 abandoned internal roads of federal universities constituted the first phase under the 2017 budget.
“We are preparing to do more under the 2018 Budget,” he said.
He said old or damaged bridges are also being attended to while the value of maintenance is being restored.
“So, while the Loko -Oweto Bridge is nearing completion, the damaged Tatabu bridge linking Ilorin and Jebba has been reconstructed and the Tamburawa bridge in Kano, the Isaac Boro bridge in Rivers, Eko bridge in Lagos and the Old Niger bridge that links Anambra and Delta are receiving regular maintenance attention,” he said.
According to him, adequate measures are being put in place to ensure hitch-free ride across the Nigerian roads during yuletide as “our Ember month planning committee, working with FRSC and FERMA have been meeting to prepare themselves to make your movement during this period as conducive as the circumstances will permit.”
On housing, he said that public buildings like Federal Secretariats in Zamfara, Bayelsa, Nasarawa and Ekiti are being undertaken while the Zik Mausoleum in Onitsha has been completed.
He stated that the pilot National Housing Programme (NHP) has led to a nationwide housing construction being undertaken in the 34 states where land has been secured in addition to favourable policies like the reduction of equity contribution from 5 percent to 0 percent for those seeking mortgage loans of up to N5million, and reduction from 15 percent to 10 percent for those seeking loans over N5million aimed at helping to ease access to housing.
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