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Nigeria needs collaboration to avoid collapse

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By Abiodun Okunloye

Contractors to follow international best practices in road construction - Umahi.

In order to save the country from collapsing, Minister of Works Sen. David Umahi has called for a concerted effort from everyone. This was announced in a statement issued in Abuja by the ministry’s director of press and publicity, Mrs. Blessing Lere-Adams. She said Umahi made the remarks to ministry employees on Thursday in Abuja and that the minister told them they must all pull together to save our dear country from impending doom. According to Lere-Adams, the minister recalled his efforts to have things done properly and to have all contractors follow international best practices when building roads in Nigeria.

From now on, the country can anticipate roads that can last not only seven years but up to fifty years by maintaining the necessary discipline and adhering to the rule of law and the terms of any applicable contracts. The use of Concrete Technology in the construction of roads will boost the economy by employing more Nigerian engineers and maximising the country’s rich supply of indigenous materials. The country should use its domestic resources instead of putting extra strain on the Nigerian Naira to import bitumen and asphalt for road building.

Orderliness was restored in the ministry despite challenges.

The narrative that the minister was locked up in his office, which was circulating on social media, was also refuted by the ministry as another recent development. They use the medium to bring to the attention and provide the appropriate information to the people at large that the Minister of Works, Sen. David Umahi CON, was not at any point locked up in his office at any moment on Thursday the 28th of September 2023, nor was he denied entry to his workplace.

In every way, the Hon. Minister had tried to bring order and normalcy to the service by making sure that services were delivered on time to help the Nigerian economy grow for everyone’s gain. An incident that was about to happen was promptly averted because of the compassionate nature of the minister and the quick action of the entire Management Staff, including the Permanent Secretary and the Directors of the Ministry. Lere-Adams added that this had resulted in the ministry once again being a place of calm and order.

Nigeria weeks for reliable road and bridge structure.

According to the report from News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Ministry’s Union Chairperson, Mr. Williams Kuti, had earlier at a meeting with the Minister, Permanent Secretary, and Management Staff, noted that the minister had started off the year on a positive note. To do this, he has identified both the demands of Nigerians in their quest for decent and long-lasting roads as well as bridges. This has allowed him to fulfil both of these needs.

He conducted a personal inspection trip of most of the road infrastructure in the country’s South West, South East, and South-South geo-political zones, as well as a portion of the North Central zone. More than that, he stated that he had gone out to staff members by way of personal welfare during the Muslim festival that had just recently been celebrated. He did, however, make a request for additional staff transit so that it would be easier for employees to go to and from their homes.

More support is needed for the ministry staff to function properly.

Lastly, Kuti pointed out that the removal of the subsidy had a negative impact on the high cost of transit. He also mentioned that the heavy traffic along the roads caused staff members to be late in arriving at their duty station so that they could provide services to customers. The minister was lauded for being a father figure and a good leader to his team, and the meeting was adjourned on a positive note, which led to a fruitful conclusion.

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