By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The 26th National Council on Works has kicked off in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital with the theme: “Road Infrastructure Development, Job Creation and National Economic Growth.” The Council will end on Friday, December 11, 2020.
In his remarks at the opening ceremony of the technical session, the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics of Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr. Jide Ode- Martin’s reminded participants that the meeting of the National Council on Works is the highest policy making organ of the Works Sector where stakeholders deliberate on critical issues concerning the sector with the view to proffering sustainable solutions.
This was contained in statement signed by Boade Akinola Director Press& Public Relations.
The Director stated that the 2-day technical meeting of directors and other stakeholders would create a solid and resourceful foundation through diligent review of memoranda submitted by stakeholders and would be fine-tuned during the meeting of the Permanent Secretaries for presentation to the Council.
He called on all the participants to rise up to the occasion by contributing their best to deliver the assignment successfully.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Works Sir Clifford Ndu Walter who delivered the welcome address on behalf of the Rivers State Government said that the theme of the Council was apt and significant to the socio-economic development of the nation.
Sir Walter said: “Road construction opens the door for network of development at every level as it provides avenue for job creation that drives national growth.”
He added that the meeting would rejig and articulate policy that would guide the path of boosting durable road construction and infrastructural development especially as massive road construction is ongoing in the country.
He disclosed that his Ministry would ensure that very high quality of Works are maintained and works completed within record time as the state government would engage in the provision of road infrastructure especially bridges.