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Published On: Wed, Feb 5th, 2020

Road construction creates employment -Fashola

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By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

The Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, said road construction has enabled the government to create jobs and promote procurement.
Fashola made this remark recently during his inspection of the Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani road in Niger state .
The road is one of the five road infrastructure under construction earmarked for a 2-day inspection that began on Monday.
Earlier, the inspection team had stopped at the New Bussa-Wawa-Kaiama road that was being rehabilitated.
According to him, the main thrust of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was to create jobs and this is being achieved through the construction of roads.
“I am satisfied with the job creation component of the project, so on every road site there are hundreds of Nigerians getting work.
“Those are the economic issues that Mr President is getting done and paying attention to.
“I am satisfied with the part where aggregate, laterites, crush stones iron and people establishing crushing plants, quaries that is the economic consequences of this strategic infrastructure
“That’s the outcome of the roads, hundreds of thousands of if not millions of people will be employed.
Fashola said that if this contnue the concerns about issues of unemployment would drop because people who were the last base of economic pyramid could get dignifying jobs instead of begging and living a life of uncertainties.”
On his assessment of the work of the contractors, the minister said he was satisfied with their work as government only engaged the companies because of their capacity to deliver.
He added that most of the issues they have had to do with funds which was an issue to be resolved by government, and that the government was working at it to ensure that more budgetry allocation was made for the roads
In separate interviews with some villagers of Mokwa on their perception of the road and its impact on them they said the road was a valuable asset to them and commended the effort of government.
Mr Mamudu Haliu one of the respondents said the road was a welcome development as it would bring an end to accidents and deaths in the area.
He added that the construction had enabled hundreds of villagers to be employed
On what assistance the community was giving to ensure that the road was delivered on time he said the people help to protect the work equipment and the workers.
Another of the respondents Mr Aliu Mohammed said since they understand that the land belonged to government what they desire was for the government to come and develop the area so that they could easily transport their farm produce.
He added that trailers and fuel tankers would stop failing on the road and taking the life’s of residents.
About five road projects are to be inspected by the minister, the Dualusation of Sileja-Minna Road, Phase I and II, Reconstruction of Bida Lapai-Lambata road.
Others are Agaie-Katcha Barrow road, Dualusation of Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani road Junction road in Kwara and Niger state.
Already the minister had inspected the Suleja/Minna road, Bida Lampai-Lambata,and Agaie Barro road.

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