By Ignatius Ushie.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved N1.85b to carry out remedial work on major arterial roads across the country for ease of movement and to reduce travelling hours during the “ember” festive period. Fashola said the money would be released to the 37 Federal Controllers of Works to effectively carry out the reconstruction work in the identified heavy traffic routes. The Minister disclosed this said while declaring open a capacity building workshop for the controllers with the theme: “Learning and Development for Greater Stature”, organised by the ministry in Kaduna recently. He encouraged the controllers to apply the principle of emotional intelligence and project management taught at the workshop, adding that zonal directors of works from the ministry would be deployed to all the zones to oversee their activities and performances during the period.
Speaking earlier at the workshop, the ministry’s Coordinator and Director of Highways, North East Zone, Engr. Rufai Mohammed, said part of the workshop was to discuss ways to tackle the challenges of the ember months and make necessary repairs where applicable.

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