The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Bashir Nura Alkali, has reiterated the Federal Government’s determination to successfully complete and commission highway infrastructure projects across the country on schedule.
Alkali said this in Kano, Kano State at the meeting of Permanent Secretaries at the ongoing 28th Meeting of the National Council on Works with the theme, “Infrastructure, The Season of Completion.”
This was contained in a statement signed by the Director Press and Public Relations of the Ministry, Blessing Lere-Adams, in Abuja, on Wednesday.
Alkali explained that the timing of the Council meeting was very auspicious and apt as it affords the delegates the opportunity to think through and make necessary arrangements, and meaningful contributions as well as take critical steps to ensure that road infrastructure projects are completed on time and commissioned.
He said, “In order to ensure that the target of completing and commissioning of these projects is achieved, it has become necessary for all stakeholders to consider and provide creative and contemporary ideas and policy suggestions that will support the attainment of the above target.”
Alkali reminded the Permanent Secretaries that they are expected to have the objectives of the National Development Plan 2021 – 2025 in mind as they look at ways of ensuring that road projects are completed and commissioned in order to galvanize national growth and sustainability.
He said the recommendations of the meeting should focus on restoring economic growth, the ease of doing business, investing in our people, and creating a competitive economy through the provision of good road networks across the country.
The Permanent Secretary also charged his colleagues to ensure that money spent on roads and bridges improves the economy and imparts on the citizens positively.
He further said, “I must quickly thank our host, the Governor of Kano State, His Excellency Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR (Khadimul Islam), and the good people of Kano State for the gesture of receiving us to deliberate on this crucial theme.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure Development Kano State, Engr. Idris Wada Saleh said that it is desirable for governments at all levels to strive hard to complete ongoing highway infrastructural projects within the remaining periods of their tenures.
In order to ensure the successful completion and sustainability of highway projects.
Saleh urged successive administrations to take it as a duty to complete outstanding infrastructural projects that might be left uncompleted before the end of the tenures of the present leadership to ensure judicious utilization of public funds and continuity.
He welcomed and congratulated the delegates for having the unique opportunity to attend the highly educative meeting to contribute to national development and wished the delegates fruitful deliberations and a peaceful stay in Kano, the state capital.
The meeting of Permanent Secretaries reviewed 46 memoranda submitted by stakeholders under six (6) Thematic Syndicate Groups.