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Published On: Wed, Dec 4th, 2019

Fashola task Stakeholders’ on infrastructural devt, job creation

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By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has tasked stakeholders in works sector to find new possibilities on how to establish the link between infrastructure development and job creation.
Fashola made the disclosure recently at the 25th meeting of the National Council on Works which held in Calabar, Cross River State.
He said,his Ministry was strategizing towards playing a vital role in supporting President Mohammadu Buhari’s determination to create 10 million jobs for Nigerians, especially for the teaming youths.
Fashola who was represented by the Minister of State for Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu,said the theme of the Council Meeting ‘’ Infrastructure as the pathway for prosperity’’ which according to him was carefully chosen to address the complex issues of road infrastructure development in the country with the view to proffering tangible solutions to some of the problems in Nigeria , thereby giving the good people of Nigeria qualitative services they deserve.
The Minister further explained that his Ministry would effectively collaborate with other relevant agencies saddled with similar responsibilities of monitoring, maintenance and survey of roads network in Nigeria with the view to develop them to the desired standard.
He commended the Government and the good of Cross River State for providing a safe and conducive environment for the 25th Meeting of the National Council on Works.,
In his address, the Governor of Cross River State,Prof. Ben. Ayade represented by the Deputy Governor,Prof. Ivara Esu urged the Federal Road Maintenance Agency to rise up to the challenge of road maintenance , ‘’ We have thrown overboard our maintenance culture, let us revive our road maintenance culture, let us maintain the roads so that the failing path will not expand the more’’ he said.
This was contained in a statement signed by Stephen Kilebi
Deputy Director (Press and Public Relations Unit),while commending the Management and staff of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, and all the Stakeholders in the Works Sector for considering his state worthy to host the 25th Meeting of the National Council on Works.
Ayade called on Federal Government to reconstruct the failed highways in his State with concrete , adding that the Ikom, Itu, Bakasi and Katsina-Ala highways were vital and of Scio- economic importance to Cross River State in particular and Nigeria.

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