Min Of Works Blames Humans For Infrastructural Complication

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has insisted that the challenges facing the power sector is not technical but manmade.

Nigeria’s energy crises have persisted despite series of assurances by the Federal Government that the power challenges will be given maximum attention and treated with despatch.

But two years down the line, not much had changed, and in some instances, the situation had gone from bad to worse, with energy costs accounting for the highest spend for homes and businesses as Nigerians rely on alternative sources to get by.

Besides, Fashola has faced a series of backlashes for failing to fix power following his past boasting that this could be achieved within months.
But speaking at a dinner organised by the Petroleum Club in Lagos last week, he clarified, “some people have said because I am not an engineer is the reason for continued power instability. But many people have served before me that are engineers and the challenges in power are still there, though I acknowledge their efforts.

“Most of the problems in the sector are not engineering but manmade. For instance, we have a situation where close to 900 containers that have switches, feeders, control units meant for the power plants are trapped in our own ports for almost a decade. During this administration, we have now received 387 containers in one year that could not be retrieved in a decade, and we have started moving them to different power stations in the country.”

He added that power has also improved under the Buhari’s administration. According to him, “two years ago, that is May 29th when this administration came to power, Nigeria was generating 2,690 megawatts (mw), but by May 29th this year, power generation is now 4,014mw. What we did is that from the onset, we set a road map that will take us to more incremental energy.”

Speaking further, he said: “The years we were getting 2690mw and perhaps less, this economy was growing. But at a time when we are generating 4,014mw, we are in recession. It shows we were growing but not developing. India, for instance, relies on self-generating power in their industrial sector, and they are manufacturing and exporting. India is advertising Made in India because they have developed the capacity to manufacture. So we have to look in the mirror.”

In addition, he said: “today, the power is largely controlled by the private sector, that is the Distribution Companies (Discos) and the generating companies (Gencos). After all, we said we don’t want government again but the private sector. We said the private sectors have the skills and technical know-how to run it, so if we are not generating or distributing power, whose fault? The government is only the manager of the transmitting company.”

He continued, “The problem is also a value chain; you don’t solve one and leave the other. If Nigerians understand the situation on the ground, they will be more considerate in their assessment and work with us to get there.”
Fashola identified some other issues affecting the sector to include liquidity, debts, supply of gas etc, adding that most of the rich do not pay for the power they consume.

On supply of gas, he said his ministry is working with Ministry of Petroleum Resources, and related parastatals to improve on the supply of gas and urged members of The Petroleum Club to assist in the supply of gas.

He also said that government is also providing independent power to 37 universities and seven teaching hospitals, while the Rural Electrification Agency would assist in the provision of power in the rural areas.

In his opening remark, Chairman, The Petroleum Club, Lagos Godswill Ihetu, noted that issues and challenges relating to the power sector are among the commanding heights of the economy.

Road Infrastructure: Fashola, Please Wake Up

By Kassim Afegbua

I have had the rare privilege of serving in a government at the state level, so I can’t pretend not to know the procedure involved when trying to fix some of our decrepit infrastructure. Under emergency situation, what is usually at issue is getting the right funding to meet with several competing issues begging for attention.

Road construction happens to be quite an expensive project depending on the terrain. It is money guzzling because of its engineering details and other components that make for good road construction.

I have not elected to ridicule one of the finest Nigerian public servants in person of Babatunde Raji Fashola, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, the Honourable Minister for Power, Works and Housing; a man whose intellect I admire so much. I have just set out to pour out my reservations about the state of our roads and the need to take some drastic actions to arrest the present drift.

I can understand Fashola’s frustrations in the light of declining revenue amidst a plethora of infrastructural challenges in the road sub-sector, I am nonetheless sure that he can do better than what we are witnessing presently.

I do understand also that road construction suffers a lot of neglect during rainy season for reasons that are obvious, but we cannot use that as a flourishing excuse for the parlous state of our roads across the country. It has gotten to an embarrassing level that one begins to wonder if there is actually a government in place. Even when one is privileged to call the attention of some state governors to these deadly roads, the fact that they are called federal roads makes the intervention not forthcoming.

State governors would tell you that the Federal Government owes them for previous interventions and remedial works done on the roads, hence they wouldn’t want to commit further funds to carrying out any palliative works on the roads until the outstanding payments are paid. Travelling across the country by road has become a nightmare.

Some of the roads are not just littered with pot holes and craters; they are easily impassable thus making travelling very troubling and tiring. The road to Minna is left with what former President Ibrahim Babangida did over 25 years ago when the road was rebuilt.

There was initial effort to dualise the road from Suleja to Minna by Obasanjo-led administration; which approximates 90 kilometres. For the past 10 years, such dualisation has not seen the light of the day.

Today, the road is not just in a sorry state of disrepair, it has become embarrassing and deadly to road users. When you travel on that road, you will still see one caterpillar or another scavenging for sand by the road side and pretending to be working. Visit the road again in another one month, you will still see the workers on the same spot forming clusters and blowing hot air as if work is ongoing but alas, it is all a mere fluke.

But the state government is making some impacts by patching parts of road. If Minna road is in a bad state, that of Okene to Benin passing through Okpella and Auchi is another road to hell. From Okpella to Auchi portion of the road has become huge death trap and totally unacceptable. If Okpella to Auchi offers road users some escape, that of Ekpoma to Ehor has become almost cut off.

The bridge at Okpella is almost caving in. With gridlock of heavy duty vehicles permanently on the bridge, it will soon give way. That bridge was built in 1977 and its present state needs serious reinforcement and urgent repair.

The traffic on that road as we speak runs into 20 kilometres stretch on a daily basis. The heavy duty vehicles mostly from BUA Cement Factory are not helping matters in any form. BUA itself has shown a complete disdain for corporate social responsibility.

Because of the bad roads in Okpella, accidents at the bridge end of the road have become prevalent. Travelling to Benin by road these days has become eyesore, debilitating and grossly nerves breaking.

Trucks and heavy duty vehicles have converted decrepit street roads in Okpella into familiar terrain for want of escape from the disturbing gridlock that has become a permanent feature on that road. Before Comrade Adams Oshiomhole bowed out of office, Fashola paid a facility visit to Edo State and travelled on that road. What he saw was total decay in the area of federal road infrastructure.

He did promise to come back and fix the road; we are still waiting for that “genuine” promise to materialize. If the road was bad last year, it has now become worse. I found it interesting when I watched the Acting President visit the site of the collapsed bridge along Mokwa-Jebba road. Such prompt response to disaster sites is desirable, but preventing them from happening would have been more judicious and rewarding.

The Jebba-Tegina road has been in the news long before the bridge caved in. I can’t remember how many times I watched the disturbing site on television alerting the government of the danger of that road. Government did not take immediate action to remedy the situation, but when the bridge decided to bow to the pressure of decay and erosion, it caved in.

The rest, as they often say, is now history. Suffice it to say that a stitch in time saves nine that is why it is imperative for Fashola’s Works Ministry to spring into action before another embarrassment befalls the nation, aware that the said road connects the North to the East. The previous regime of PDP rather than fix our roads ended up vandalising the roads further in the name of mobilizing to site.

Their caterpillars came to Edo, stopped at Aduwawa and Ehor axis along Benin-Auchi road, and removed part of the tarred surface.

They left the caterpillars on site and campaigned with them declaring to who cares to listen to their litany of lies, that they were working on Edo roads. As soon as they lost election, the roads whose tarred surfaces have been removed, were now exposed to agents of denudation.

As we speak, the Aduwawa end of that road down to Ramat Park in Benin City has been properly constructed by the Fasholaled ministry with side drains. What is urgently required now is to commence work on the other part of the road leading up to Okpella and Okene. The present hardship being experienced by road users plying that road can no longer be tolerated. Honourable Minister, please do something urgently.

Please, please. There are several roads across the country that are also suffering similar condition of disrepair. Kabba-Ilorin road is one of such deadly roads let alone other East-West roads that were left uncompleted by the PDP government.

We cannot continue to lament the present state of our roads, we must take urgent steps to arrest the descent to anarchy on our highways and save our people the orgy of road accidents many of which are caused by these unwholesome roads. Once the rains abate, we must jump into action and help give Nigerians a breath of fresh air in the area of good road infrastructure.

I feel terribly ashamed these days when one is being confronted and shown terribly bad roads as the relics of APC poor performance. Even when you try to blame PDP-led government for  the cause of the ridiculous state of our roads, they ask a simple question; since APC has come, what have they done? Over to you, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN.

Fashola Says His Disagreement With Rep Members Is Healthy

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has advised Nigerians not to misinterpret his disagreement with the House of Representatives over his ministry’s budget, saying he has no personal issues with members of the lower chamber.

The minister who made the assertion, while fielding questions from State House correspondents, said, “let me make it very clear that many of the Senators and honourable members are my personal friends; so, you don’t fight your friends.

“I say that the words that we use will potentially redirect our attention from what the real issue is. I don’t think that a feud is a right word to use.

“A disagreement; yes, a very healthy disagreement. Don’t forget that we are not disagreeing about who should head what. We are not disagreeing about who should take what share of the national cake.

“We are disagreeing about how to develop Nigeria and that for me is very healthy for our democracy.’


Works Minister Babatunde Fashola Frustrating Reconstruction Of Oshodi-Airport Road, Laments Governor Ambode

The Federal Ministry of Works, headed by former Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola, is frustrating the reconstruction of the Murtala Muhammad International Airport Road into Oshodi, his successor said on Tuesday.

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was speaking to Government House Correspondents at the Lagos House, shortly after carrying out an extensive inspection of some critical projects in the State, according to a statement by Habib Aruna, his Chief Press Secretary.

He said the State Government presently has a design for the reconstruction of the road as well as the funds to embark on the project but the Federal Government was yet to grant approval.

The Governor said: “The road linking Oshodi to the International Airport, you would all agree with me, is a national embarrassment. In the spirit of the regeneration and urbanisation that this administration has set out to achieve, we believe strongly that the image that is exhumed by the decadence of that road must be repaired, and we took it upon ourselves to appropriate the 2017 budget that the House of Assembly should approve the total reconstruction of the Airport Road from Oshodi to the International Airport.

“The State currently has a design of 10 lanes to come from Oshodi to the International Airport with interchange and flyover that would drop you towards the Local Airport. The contractor is already set to go, and everything, as I said, has been completed, and we already have the cash, but alas we are having challenges with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing. This is a Federal and not a State road. The Federal Ministry of Works believes that they should do the road, but they have not been able to do it all these years past.”

He lamented that despite the fact that the Federal Government was indebted to the State to the tune of N51billion, spent on repairing federal roads over the years, the State Government’s effort to immediately transform the Airport Road to a world class standard was being frustrated.

Governor Ambode said if given the approval, his administration was ready to hit the ground running and begin construction of the Airport Road within two weeks, and complete the project within six months.

Besides, the Governor also implored the Federal Government to avail the State of the N2billion appropriated for the Airport Road in the 2017 National Budget to carry out the project.

“I just want to remind Lagosians that before my becoming Governor, the Federal Ministry of Works has been owing Lagos State a total of N51billion as reimbursement for reconstruction that was carried out by the State Government on federal roads in the State.

He noted that what his government is asking for is, of course, not up to the N51billion the federal authorities owe Lagos State.

“I just want to appeal to the Federal Ministry of Works, to let go or reimburse us with whatever it is that they owe us and even if they are not willing to pay us now, we have the money to do it. It is a national disgrace, and we would not be part of it. We would like to do it as part of the celebration of Lagos at 50,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor also expressed frustration that six months after President Muhammadu Buhari approved the handover of the Presidential Lodge, Marina, the State Government was yet to gain access to the premises, adding that this was seriously frustrating the programs outlined for the Lagos @ 50 celebrations.

“One of the key venues that we need to celebrate the real essence of Lagos, the historic place that we refer to as Presidential Lodge is still more or less being tossed about concerning being handed over to us.

We believe strongly that by May 27, 2017, we should be able to invite Mr. President and other people who have actually made Lagos what is it today to that Presidential Lodge for the final Banquet and Dinner to mark Lagos at 50,” he said.

He appealed for the approval of the President to be honored by the agencies concerned: the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Security Services.

On the projects he inspected earlier, the Governor expressed satisfaction with the pace of work by the contractors, saying that they will be commissioned as part of the State’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

He also pointed out that his administration has fully paid compensation to owners of properties that had to give way for the Oshodi and Ojodu Berger regeneration projects, and concluded plans to pay property owners at Abule Egba within the next four weeks.

Among projects inspected include the Ojodu Berger regeneration project, Abule Egba Flyover Project and also the Aboru Abesan Link Road and Bridge Project.

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Fashola Assures Nigerians Of Affordable Houses For low-income Earners

The Minister gave the assurance in Abuja, while addressing the Obinna Chidoka-led House Committee on Habitat, which requested for details of the budget implementation on Habitat.

Babatunde Fashola He disclosed that there were plans to roll out habitat agenda that would accommodate public and private sector workers, especially persons with low incomes, adding that consideration will be given to workers within Grade Levels 08 to 15. He explained that the new policy would be standardized and made flexible to take into consideration building needs of Nigerians across ethic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

Fashola said parts of the considerations include provisions of power, water, access roads and security for the proposed low-cost houses.

According to him, “At the ministry, we see issues of habitat as crucial in driving the housing sector in the country. “This is the reason we participated in the habitat conference, where we expressed our commitments and are working towards the domestication of the agreements we have reached on housing matters.

“For the 2016 budget relating to habitat, the records of expenditures are not with me right now. There are with the DFA (director of finance) and will be made available to you later. “But I must say that we’re starting a new housing policy, in which we’ll create economic outlets for artisans.

“We are aiming at completing old housing schemes and beginning new ones, where we’re targeting those in levels 08 to 15 in public sector and those in private sector, bearing in mind the different cultural, religious and other needs of the people in the construction of the buildings.”

Chairman of the Committee, Obinna Chidoka requested for the details on how the 2016 budget on habitat was spent as the the former Ministry of Housing and Urban Development was merged with Ministry of Power, Works and Housing by the present administration.

He also pledged the Committee’s readiness to provide necessary assistance in enhancing activities in the Ministry through adequate funding.


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2017 Budget: Fashola Disowns N2bn

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has denied knowledge of the N2bn allocated to Regional Housing Scheme in the 2017 budget proposal of the ministry he oversees.

The minister, who appeared before the committee to defend the proposal, suhgested to the lawmakers to invite the Ministry of Finance for clarifications on the disputed item numbered FMOW99934089.

“I know as much of it as you do,” Fashola told members of the committee.

The minister pointed out that he had no explanation on the N2bn allocation as it was discovered in the proposal after it was worked upon by the Ministry of Finance.

The Chairman of the committee, Senator Barnabas Gemade, requested that the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, be invited to explain the insertion of the allocation.

The following conversation ensued between Fashola and Gemade:

Gemade: Finally, what is this provision of N2bn for regional housing scheme? What is regional housing scheme? Where is it taking place? What is happening? Have you seen it on Page 18?

Fashola: It is not our project. It came in from, I think, the Budget (Office). It is a Ministry of Finance initiative; saying that they want to do what they called ‘family homes’. It is not from us.

Gemade: Yes, but they have put it here; otherwise, we will not be in the position to accept it.

Fashola: I know as much of it as you do sir.

Gemade: But you are here to defend this budget in totality.

Fashola: That is why I have come. I am explaining to you now, sir, on how it comes into our budget. That is not what we submitted. We didn’t submit that proposal.

Gemade: So, will the ministry be kind enough to tell the people who put this in this budget to come forward and let us know?

Fashola: Please.

Gemade: Let us know what is regional housing programme because government cannot be operated in secrecy.

Fashola: I think the committee, if you permit me to bring this suggestion…

Gemade: …should invite them?

Fashola: Yes, sir.

Gemade: But you know the people; we don’t know them.

Fashola: No, sir. We just said finance sir.

Gemade: Finance ministry?

Fashola: Yes sir.

Gemade: We will write to the minister.

Fashola: Please do sir.

Gemade: (Pointing to the committee’s secretariat) Write to the minister: We have seen this line, which costs N2bn. Let them send information here for us to know what it is all about.

FG To Add 1,459MW To Power Grid Through 20 Plants

The Federal Government plan additional 1459MW from 20 power plants to the national grid next year to bring power generation above 6,000Mw.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, who stated this at the weekend, said despite the 3,000 megawatts (MW) lost to gas pipeline vandalism, power generation peaked at 4,010 MW as at November 5.
Fashola spoke at the weekend while giving account of his one year stewardship.
He said 37 federal universities and seven teaching hospitals would get 120 MW from 37 independent gas and solar power plants to begin the fulfilment of the constitutional requirement of rural electrification
“In addition to transmission, we are working to complete uncompleted power generation projects. Some of the projects that should start coming to conclusion in 2017 are the 215 MW Kaduna Power, 40 MW Kashimbilla Power (Hydro), 40 MW Gurara I Power (Hydro), 29 MW Dadin Kowa Power (Hydro), 10 MW Katsina Power (Wind) 1,125 MW (14 Solar projects) and the 240 MW Emergency Power Project for Afam (Gas).
“Egbin has restored all its turbines even though it has suffered a gas outage as a result of vandalisation. Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro have increased the number of functional turbines, so they are producing 300 MW extra power during this year’s rainy season, more than they did last year,” Fashola said.
He explained that the second anchor of the ministry’s Rural Electrification Implementation programme would involve the use of small hydro dams to support agriculture and agro processing by providing power.
The ministry, he added, had also done the audits and planning of all the schools in rural areas to benefit from the programme.
“All of these sources of power, with embedded power from Paras Energy 40 MW gas in Lagos, the expected completion of Azura power in Edo, expected gas supply to Ihorbor Gas power plant, Gegeru power, Olorunsogo, Omotosho, Gbarain and others make me hopeful that we can get incremental power,” Fashola said.
On roads, he said the federal government would fix 42 bridges across the country with N277 billion in three years, if the national assembly’s approval is secured.
The minister explained that although construction of houses had not begun, 27 states had already donated land for federal housing schemes and over 500 contracts were ready to be issued for work to begin.
The government, he added, inherited about 206 road projects already contracted out with outstanding completion costs of N1.5 trillion, while the works’ ministry’s share of the 2016 appropriation was N260 billion.
Fashola said: “Our interactions with contractors showed that many of them had not been paid for an average of two to three years before we resumed and this explained the stoppage of work by the contractors, the layoff of workers, and consequently poor condition of many roads.”
He stated that with limited resources and debts owed, the ministry had to choose which of the 206 roads were more urgent and more impactful than others.
“So, our choices were determined by roads that carried the heaviest cargo, to allow farmers, businessmen, industries and travellers move their goods and themselves across the country in order to drive productive activity.
“Secondly, we chose roads that support our energy sufficiency and put our resources in roads leading to and from petroleum tank farms so that we can move petro, diesel and kerosene across Nigeria.
“We also chose roads that led to and from our major sea and airports so that maritime business can go on, to drive the economy. Therefore, we re-mobilized contractors back to work on roads across the six geo-political zones,” Fashola said.
He listed the roads to include the Port Harcourt- Aba, Sokoto – Tambuwal – Makera-Kontagara, Ilorin-Jebba, Loko-Oweto Bridge, Shagamu- Ibadan, Shagamu – Lagos and the Ogbomosho-Oko-Ilogbo-Osogbo roads.
Others are the Funtua-Katsina , Wukari-Akwana , Abriba-Arochukwu – Ohafia, Abuja – Lokoja – Airport, Oji-Achi-Obeagu-Mmaku-Awgu-Ndeaboh-Mpu-Okpanku , Ajase Ipo-Offa- Erinle-Osun State boundary and Ikot Ekpene border- Aba-Owerri dualisation.
Fashola added: “We also paid consultants who are supervising these roads and had been denied payment for two to three years. This has helped to recover lost jobs, and put some money back in circulation.”
He said the authority of states controllers of works would be restored to so as to enhance maintenance of the roads “and gradually restore our highways to contemporary quality.”
The minister explained that next year’s budget would pay attention to roads that lead to and from major food producing states, those in states that produce minerals from mining activity or where there are strategic fuel depots.
For housing, he noted that simple designs of one, two and three-bedroom bungalows had been completed which reflect cultural, climatic and land use peculiarities of the northern and southern states.
“We have also identified inputs like doors, windows, tiles, paint, roofing materials that can be made locally and we have resolved to use only made in Nigeria inputs unless there is no local production capacity,” Fashola

Fashola Says No New Roads Till Existing Road Constructions Are Completed

The Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has stated that his ministry will not award any new contract for the construction or rehabilitation of federal roads until existing ones are completed.
Mr. Fashola said past administrations in Nigeria awarded contracts for 206 roads at about N2 trillion naira, which were mostly unpaid for.
He was responding to questions from State House correspondents on Wednesday at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council. He spoke on the terrible state of some roads within the Federal Capital and the reason his ministry appears to be more interested in the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Mr. Fashola said the roads went bad at a time when there were resources but the governments of the time refused to fix them.
“What we have done was first to say that we would not award any new road contract,” he said. “We would deal with the over 206 roads that have been awarded but not funded for over three years.”
Mr. Fashola also said because of the limited resources available to his ministry, road projects have to be prioritized.
Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
He said the Lagos-Ibadan expressway is a very important road for the whole country and carries the heaviest traffic.
“Now the budget that we have for the three ministries that I superintend is in the region of N400 plus billion and over 200 billion is dedicated to roads across the country.

“So that is the deficit that we have to deal with and in making those choices we then have to deal not with roads that necessarily border us but roads that carry the heaviest traffic,” he said.
He said attention is being given to roads that have economic significance for the country such as routes for the evacuation of fuel and food produce going to the different parts of the country.
The minister also disclosed that the council approved the purchase of three transformers of 150 MVA to be installed in sub-stations of Shiroro in Niger, Osogbo in Osun and Kumbotso in Kano as requested by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN.
Mr. Fashola, who did not mention the cost of the transformers, said the purpose of the purchase which overrides the cost implication is to “continue to reinforce, expand and maintain the existing transmission capacity so that as the progress of our incremental power initiative expands and achieves its purpose, transmission company is able to competently deliver the power.”

Assets Declarations: CCB To Probe Fashola, Amaechi, Others

The Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, has expressed its resolve to verify all assets declared by top serving and former public officers at the federal, state and local government levels.

A statement by the Chairman of the CCB, Mr. Sam Saba on Thursday, said all officials concerned are expected to appear physically before the commission for the verification.

He stated that by virtue of Paragraph 11 of Part 1 of the Fifth Schedule to the 1999 Constitution (as amended), “every public officer is required to submit to the Code of Conduct Bureau a written declaration of all properties, assets and liabilities and those of his/her spouse (if not a public officer) and his unmarried children under the age of 18 years.”

He added that any statement in the declaration, found to be false by any authorities or persons authorised to verify it, “shall be deemed to be a breach of the code”.

Saba said, “To this end, the Bureau has commenced its 2016 4th Quarter Cycle of Conference and Field Verification of Assets of top public officers. Accordingly, letters of invitation have been dispatched to ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, service chiefs and other top public officers.

“All invited public officers are to note that failure to honour the invitation by the CCB in this regard is a breach of the provisions of the constitution and could lead to prosecution at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

“Public officers not yet invited are to await their letters of invitation.”

He listed 76 public officers that had been invited by the bureau, with a threat of the possibility of prosecution if they failed to honour the invitation.

Among the 76 invitees are 30 ministers who, according to the bureau, are yet to present themselves for the exercise.

The bureau identified ministers who have not yet submitted themselves for the verification to include: Rotimi Amaechi (Transportation); Babatunde Fashola (Power, Works and Housing); Ibe Kachikwu (Petroleum Resources (State); Abubakar Malami (Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice); Adebayo Shittu (Communications); Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Solid Minerals and Steel Development); Audu Ogbeh (Agriculture and Rural Development).

Others include: Senator Aisha Alhassan (Women Affairs and Social Development); Solomon Dalung (Youths & Sports Development); Osagie Ehanire (Health (State)); Usani Usani (Niger Delta Affairs); Prof. Anthony Anwukah (Education (State)); Lai Mohammed (Information and Culture), and Gen. Ali Mansur (retd.) (Defence).

The list also includes: Senator Udo Udoma (Budget and National Planning); Ibrahim Jibril (Environment (State)); Suleiman Adamu (Water Resources and Rural Development); Mustapha Shehuri (Power (State)); Prof. Claudius Daramola (Niger Delta Affairs (State)) and Kemi Adeosun (Finance) as those who have not submitted themselves for verification.

The rest are Prof. Isaac Adewole (Health); Okechukwu Enelamah (Trade, Investment and Industry); Geoffrey Onyema (Foreign Affairs ); Muhammadu Bello (Federal Capital Territory); Senator Hadi Sirika (Aviation (State)); Hajiya Khadija Bukar (Foreign Affairs (State)); Senator Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment); Heineken Lokpobiri (Agriculture and Rural Development (State)); Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Science and Technology); and Abubakar Bwari (Solid Minerals (State)).

The rest of the public officers still expected to submit themselves to the bureau are the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele; Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Oyo-Ita Ekanem; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olanishakin; Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Abubakar Sadique; and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibas Ibok.

Also on the list are the immediate past Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase; Chairman, Police Service Commission, Chief Mike Okiro; Controller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Babandede Mohammed; Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Waziri Adio; Director-General of National Pension Commission, Mrs. Chinelo Amazu; and Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Export Promotion Council, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo.

Also yet to turn up for the CCB verification are the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Brig.-Gen. Sule Kazaure; Executive Secretary, Nigeria Sao-Tome & Principle Joint Development Authority, Kashim Tumash; Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru; Controller-General of Federal Fire Service, Anebi Garba; Director-General, Budget and National Planning, Mr. Ben Akabueze, and Managing Director, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Commission, Ibrahim Umaru.

Others include the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Adamu; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Mrs. Hadiza Usman; Managing Director, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, Ahmed Kuru, and Controller-General of MSCDS, Muhammad Abdullahi.

The Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, who are on the list, are Ntom Chukwu, Folusho Adebanjo, Emmanuel Inyang, Maigari Dikko, Joshak Habila, Shuaibu Gambo, and Hyacinth Dagala.

An Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Abdul Bube, is also on the list.

Military officers, whose names appear on the list, are Real Admiral Joseph Osa (Commandant, Operation Delta Safe) and Major General M. A. Koleoso (GOC Tradoc).

The CCB also listed a number of Federal Commissioners of the Civil Service Commission and three Group Executive Directors of the NNPC, who are yet to submit themselves to the CCB’s verification.

In the statement, the CCB stated that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and five other ministers, among 15 other former and serving public officers, had submitted themselves to the asset verification.

Buratai was recently accused of having choice $1.5m properties in Dubai, but was cleared by the army.

“The Chief of Army Staff was the first to be issued his certificate. We started issuing to others last week,” the CCB Chairman said.

The five cleared ministers are Abdulrahman Dambazau (Interior); Zainab Shamsuna (Budget & National Planning); Adamu Adamu (Education); Aisha Abubakar (Minister of Trade, Investment & Industry (State)); and Amina Mohammed (Minister of Environment).

The rest of the former and serving public officers already cleared by the CCB are the immediate past Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim; Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood; a former Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, and a former Controller-General, Nigerian Prisons Service, Ezenwa Peter.

They also include the Acting MD/CEO, Niger Delta Development Commission, Semenitari Tamunoibim; Controller-General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Ibrahim Ali (retd.); Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi; and Federal Commissioner, Civil Service Commission, Hope Ikrirko.

Fashola Dispels Talks Of Nationwide Power Shutdown

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has faulted the recent statement by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Egbin Power Plc, Mr. Dallas Peavey Jr, that the country’s power woes may worsen in the days.
Peavey Jr had said the nation may experience total blackout due to liquidity and gas supply issues, threatening that owners of the plant might be forced to consider shutting it down if the challenges remained unresolved.

However, Fashola described the statement as “inflammatory and insensitive to Nigeria’s national security.”

The minister made this known at the opening ceremony of the Power Nigeria Agenda 2016, yesterday in Lagos.

Dispelling the remarks, Fashola said: “The statement is inflammatory and it was insensitive to our national security.”

Speaking further, he said: “If the commentator was not introspective, he would mention that the debts were not incurred by this administration, and that debt and settlement are continuous events in the power value chain, bills are served, claims are made, they are verified and settled.

“Also, he would have spoken about approval and payment that have been made this year. It is a continuous verification for claims and settlement of debts.

“All of the debts that are owed and legitimately contracted, verified will be paid. There is a clear policy decision in that area, but it requires all operators, those who claim and those who have to pay to operate in a transparent manner. We will not pay debt that are not properly verified and accounted for.”

He, however, refuted claims that the grid was very fragile and cannot support 1300MW not to talk of 5000MW.

He said the grid currently had the capacity to support 5300MW which is expanding on a daily basis.

“We are synchronizing with the Generating Companies and the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) in order to ensure the service end that connects both, which is the Transmission Company of Nigeria is able to respond adequately on demand.

“These are some of the serious issues that we take up at our monthly power meeting. Our next meeting will hold in Sokoto,” the Minister said.

Just recently, the minister ordered electricity Distribution companies (Discos) to stop customers from buying transformers.

Buhari Inherited N1.5tn Debt On Road Contracts – Fashola

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari inherited road contractual liabilities worth N1.5tn, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said.

Fashola said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday by his Special Adviser, Communications, Mr. Hakeem Bello.

The minister said the ministry inherited 206 roads that were not budgeted for or poorly funded, but added that it had now developed a road map consisting of identifying and prioritising heavy traffic bearing roads for conveying essential goods and services across the country.

He said, “We have to build roads that evacuate our sea and airports; roads that drive our energy for now; roads that go to the tank farms to evacuate fuel from the South to the North; and roads that sustain us, that is roads that bring in our feed stock, cattle and vegetables and livestock from the North down to the South.

“And that is why you see us building from Lagos to Ibadan, to Ilorin, to Jebba to link all the way to Kaduna and Kano, and go on up North. And we are doing the same thing trying to connect River Benue through the Loko-Oweto Bridge and the Second Niger Bridge; Kano-Kaduna, and Kano-Maiduguri. Those are the choices we have made because this is a period of hard choices, trying to do more with less.”

Fashola added, “Those are the choices that we have made; they are not esoteric choices, they are simple and rational choices. All the roads we are working on had been awarded before I got into office by the previous administration – over 206 roads. You don’t have resources to build 206 roads; so, where you put your limited resources is in those areas.

“The total outstanding contractual liabilities are in the region of N1.5tn and this administration is taking them in batches, starting from the critical heavy traffic highways that evacuate goods from ports, fuel from tank farms and move foodstuffs and agro-produce across the country.”

The minister also said Nigeria lost more than 3,000 megawatts of electricity to the activities of vandals in the last six months.

Fashola said this in a presentation titled, ‘Leadership and the Politics of Reforms in Africa: Lessons from Nigeria’ at the Wilson Centre, Washington DC, United States.

The minister added that electricity supply increased by 4,00MW in the last two weeks due to increase in the generating capacity of the hydropower plants occasioned by the repair and maintenance carried out on them in the last one year.

He attributed the loss of over 3,000MW of power to consistent vandalism and sabotage of oil and gas pipelines and assets.