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Jide Kosoko Shares Fashola’s Throwback Photo 55 Years Ago
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Jide Kosoko Shares Fashola’s Throwback Photo 55 Years Ago

Nollywood actor Jide Kosoko has shared a throwback picture of minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. Jide, 66, shared the picture in an Instagram post on Sunday. He said the picture was taken in 1966. “Raji Fashola in 1966,” he wrote. In June 2020, Jide wished Fashola a happy 57th birthday saying he was proud of him. He said, “My dear brother, Your Excellency Babatunde Raji Fashola S.A.N. I wish you peace, good health, and happiness. Congratulations and happy birthday to you.As you mark your years of existence on Earth today, I join others in wishing you a very happy birthday. “May you have many more years and sound health to stay alive and continue to lead. I am very proud of you and your achievements, thank you for your service.” Both Jide and Fashola hail f...
2023: Zoning Should Be Respected — Amaechi Backs Fashola
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2023: Zoning Should Be Respected — Amaechi Backs Fashola

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says the zoning arrangement for political offices should be respected ahead of the 2023 elections. Amaechi, who spoke during a Channels TV programme on Sunday, said the arrangement, which is usually between the north and south, should remain the same. In Nigeria, political offices — especially the presidency — are rotated on the basis of geographical zones, from the time of Olusegun Obasanjo up till the administration of President Muhamadu Buhari who is from Katsina state. Some Nigerians have started clamouring that the presidency should return to the south with the 2023 election. Asked by the anchor if the All Progressives Congress (APC) will consider giving the south-east a chance for the presidency in 2023, Amaechi responded: “It...
APC’s Zoning Agreement Should Be Respected In 2023 – Fashola
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APC’s Zoning Agreement Should Be Respected In 2023 – Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, yesterday said the zoning agreement at the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2015 elections should be respected in 2023. Fashola, a former governor of Lagos State made the statement yesterday at a time reports that some of the chieftains of the APC were allegedly plotting to thwart the arrangement for power shift between North and South, intending to retain the presidency in the North on the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term. The latest crisis rocking the ruling party, according to party sources was as a result of the quest by respective blocs to grab the soul of the party ahead of 2023 politicking. The minister in an interactive session with newsmen at his ministry in...
FG Owes 3,504 Contractors N69.9bn – Fashola Tells National Assembly
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FG Owes 3,504 Contractors N69.9bn – Fashola Tells National Assembly

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said on Thursday that his ministry owed 3,504 contractors handlings its various housing projects, about N69.9bn. Fashola stated this when he appeared before the joint National Assembly Committee on Housing, to defend his ministry’s 2021 budget estimates. He, therefore, said the N76.4bn allocated to the ministry in 2021 would be grossly inadequate to execute 186 projects across the country.
FEC Approves ₦62.7 Billion For Construction Of Road Linking Kano And Katsina
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FEC Approves ₦62.7 Billion For Construction Of Road Linking Kano And Katsina

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N62 billion for the construction of Kano – Gwarzo – Dayi Road, linking Kano and Katsina states. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, was also at the briefing. Fashola said: “The Ministry of Works and Housing presented one memorandum for the construction of Kano – Gwarzo -Dayi road and it was approved for N62.7 billion, to be executed in 24 months.” On his part, Ehanire said the council approved the introduction of platonic medical records and management for the National Health Insurance Sche...
FG Will Support Developmental Initiatives Of States – Fashola
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FG Will Support Developmental Initiatives Of States – Fashola

The Federal Government has restated its resolve to continually support the developmental initiatives of state governments. Speaking at the inauguration of a 969-metre `Rebisi’ dual carriage flyover in Port Harcourt, on Saturday, Minister of Works and Housing, by Mr Babatunde Fashola, who made the pronouncement also said that the Federal Government “is not in competition with any state’’ of the federation over project implementation. The minister also pointed out that the Federal Government was not discriminatory along party lines when making refunds to states on Federal projects executed or repaired by them The minister said that the N78 billion refunds owed to Rivers State for work done on federal roads was still outstanding because the process for payment must go through the...
N392bn Debt: FG To Focus On Priority Projects, Says Fashola
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N392bn Debt: FG To Focus On Priority Projects, Says Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has disclosed that due to the burden of unpaid certificates totaling over N392 billion, the federal government would carefully select projects to execute in the 2021 budget, instead of starting new ones. A statement signed by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Boade Akinola, noted that Fashola stated this during the 2021 budget defence of his ministry before the House of Representatives Committee on Works, and reiterated that the budget would focus on road projects, especially those on routes A1-A9. Fashola explained to the committee that the disparity between the liabilities in unpaid certificates and the budgetary provisions over the years had compelled the ministry to prioritise its capital propos...
Camcorder Found By Fashola At Lekki Tollgate Looked Planted – Former Deputy Director SSS, Amachree
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Camcorder Found By Fashola At Lekki Tollgate Looked Planted – Former Deputy Director SSS, Amachree

Former Deputy Director of the State Security Service in Nigeria, Dennis Amachree, says the Camcoder that was found by Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, at the Lekki tollgate on Sunday, October 25, looks like it was planted at the scene. Fashola alongside SouthWest governments and Ministers from the SouthWest had paid a condolence visit to the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, over the wanton loss of lives and properties in the state after hoodlums hijacked the #EndSARS protest in the state. Among the places destroyed was the Lekki tollgates. While inspecting some of the government-owned facilities that were destroyed, Fashola discovered a ''Camcoder'' at the Lekki tollgate. Many Nigerians expressed shock that it was the Minister who found the camera day...
The Truth About Lekki Toll Gate Will Be Exposed When Buhari Leaves Office – FFK
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The Truth About Lekki Toll Gate Will Be Exposed When Buhari Leaves Office – FFK

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, says the truth behind the Lekki tollgate gunshot will only be exposed after President Buhari leaves office. FFK stated this on his Twitter handle while reacting to the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, discovering a secret camera at the Lekki tollgate. Read his tweets below ''Why would a Minister remove a camera from the crime scene of the biggest mass murder in our history? If the camera was planted by Govt. they will show us what they want us to see. If the camera was not planted &provides evidence of genocide it will be doctored or destroyed." "The deep state is at work here but we cannot be fooled. It is only after PMB leaves office that the truth about what happened at the Lekki Toll gate will be exposed.Afte...
Lekki Hidden Camera: Fashola Illegally Tampered With Exhibits – Judicial Panel Member
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Lekki Hidden Camera: Fashola Illegally Tampered With Exhibits – Judicial Panel Member

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and member of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on activities of disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mr. Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN, has faulted the visit of South-West governors to Lekki Toll Plaza, saying it is an usurpation of the powers of the panel. In a statement on Monday morning, Adegboruwa said since the panel has been vested with the powers to investigate alleged shooting at the Toll Gate, it is illegal for anyone else to visit the place without approval from the panel. According to him, reports that Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing  discovered a hidden camera which he took amounts to tampering with exhibits which may be useful to the commission. He said "On Sunday, October 25, 2020, it was widely publicized tha...
Nigerians Disappointed As They’re Looking For Results In Wrong Place – Fashola
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Nigerians Disappointed As They’re Looking For Results In Wrong Place – Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola on Thursday said Nigerians are disappointed in the present administration because they are looking for results in the wrong place. Fashola who disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television said Nigerians should note that governance is not magic and the results they promptly need can only be delivered by state and local government which are the closest to grassroots. “Governance is not magic. It is the act of the possible and our responsibility is to always project hope. Perhaps those who feel that way (disappointed) should be made to realize that what we expect of the Nigerian Federal government lies more with the state government and the local government…some of the most basic things. “What we should do is to focus ...
Why I Turned Down 17 Honorary Degrees – Fashola
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Why I Turned Down 17 Honorary Degrees – Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, yesterday decried the abuse of honorary degrees by universities in the country, revealing that he turned down 17 offers during his eight-year tenure as Lagos State governor between 2007 and 2015. According to a statement issued yesterday by his Special Adviser on Communications, Mr. Hakeem Bello, the minister made this known when the Committee of Vice-Chancellors/Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities paid him a courtesy visit. The former governor, who said he stopped the award of honorary degrees in the Lagos State University (LASU), noted that honorary degrees must be conferred on awardees based on merit and not because they occupy political offices or command socio-economic powers. “We said, look w...
Businessman Being Investigated For N75M Fraud Dies During COVID-19 Test
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Businessman Being Investigated For N75M Fraud Dies During COVID-19 Test

A businessman, Godwin Julius, who was being investigated for alleged involvement in a N75m fraud, has died while being tested for COVID-19 at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, Lagos State. Godwin and one Obinale Osunwoke were arrested in the Ejigbo area of the state and were detained after the police reportedly traced some of the money to an account belonging to the late businessman. PUNCH Metro gathered that the policemen acted on a petition by the representative of a United States of America-based company, Terraroad’s International Incorporation, Wisdom Chris, that the firm had been swindled out of N75m. Wisdom told PUNCH Metro that the suspects and others currently at large impersonated the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and defrauded the firm of $200,000 ...
Many Countries Begged Nigeria For Food During Lockdown – Fashola
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Many Countries Begged Nigeria For Food During Lockdown – Fashola

The Federal Government has said many neighbouring countries asked Nigeria for food during the lockdown occasioned by coronavirus pandemic. Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made this known on Saturday during an Instagram Live Chat with City People Magazine. The minister, who spoke on the COVID-19 Economic Sustainability Plan recently submitted by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said the plan contains diverse measures to fortify the Nigerian economy against any shock brought by the pandemic. Fashola said, “We are looking at constructing roads with more stones, more cement, more iron rods so that more people will be employed. For example, it will take 14 people to build a kilometre of road. So, if you are doing m...
Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Second Niger Bridge To Be Ready By 2022 – Fashola
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Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Second Niger Bridge To Be Ready By 2022 – Fashola

The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Second Niger Bridge, and the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, among others, are to be completed in the first quarter of 2022, the Federal Government has said. It said the roads were grouped as essential infrastructure and projected to be delivered in less than two years. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said this in a live television programme monitored by our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday night. He said, “The Second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano roads are part of the projects under the Federal Government’s essential infrastructure development fund and their expected delivery dates are in quarter one of 2022.” The minister argued that real construction work only commenced on the Lagos-Ibadan Expre...
Five States To Get N148bn Reimbursement For Repairing Federal Roads
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Five States To Get N148bn Reimbursement For Repairing Federal Roads

The Federal Executive Council has approved the reimbursement of funds expended on federal roads by some state governments. The total sum to be reimbursed to five states is N148,141,987,161.25. Among states shortlisted to benefit include Cross River N18,394,737,608.85, Ondo N7,822,147,577.08, Osun N2,468,938,876.78, Bayelsa N38,040,564,783.40 and Rivers N78,953,067,518.29. The memo was presented by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, at the third virtual council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari inside the Council Chambers of the State House. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who briefed State House correspondents on behalf of Fashola, said council had also warned that there will be no reimbursement in future should any st...
Abba Kyari Paid The Supreme Price Serving Nigeria, Says Fashola
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Abba Kyari Paid The Supreme Price Serving Nigeria, Says Fashola

In his condolence message, Babatunde Fashola, minister of works and housing, says Abba Kyari paid the supreme price in his service to Nigeria. He added, that the good way to honour Kyari’s service and memory is “to continue from where he stopped”. Fashola said, Kyari was “much misunderstood” and “often maligned”. “Wherever you stood then and stand now, let us not forget that Abba was a patriot,” he said. “He executed President Buhari’s vision with his own single mindedness. One of his favourite quotes was credited to Jeff Immelt to the effect that “The job looks easy when you are not the one doing it.” He seemed to take a lot of comfort from these words… “Like all of us, Abba was flawed but he was not conceited. He was driven by conviction and never shied from an intelle...
Drop Calls: Senate, Fashola Berate NCC For Defending Telecom Companies
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Drop Calls: Senate, Fashola Berate NCC For Defending Telecom Companies

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) came under criticism following an outburst against the commission by the Senate and Minister of Works for openly protecting telecoms companies over increasing cases of dropped calls. The attack came following the public hearing on a motion titled: “Increasing rate of drop calls and other unwholesome practices by telecom network operators in Nigeria that had robbed Nigerians of their hard earned billions of Naira.” The public hearing was organised by the Senate Committee on Communications in Abuja on Wednesday. The NCC had accused the Federal Ministry of Works of contracting construction of projects to contractors who cut cables of telecom companies, resulting into the drop calls. The NCC Director of Technical Standards and Network In...
Buhari appoints Adeniran as Surveyor-General of the Federation
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Buhari appoints Adeniran as Surveyor-General of the Federation

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has appointed Taiwo Samuel Adeniran as the Surveyor-General of the Federation. This was conveyed in a letter with reference FMPW & H/42935/S.1/T2/86, dated January 29, 2020, and signed by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing supervises the Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation. Fashola, according to a statement issued by the OSGF in Abuja on Friday, was quoted to have said in the letter that “I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as the Surveyor-General of the Federation. “This is in accordance with the powers conferred on him (President) by Section 171 of the Constitution of ...
Aliko Dangote Says Apapa-oshodi Road Will Last For 40 Years When Completed
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Aliko Dangote Says Apapa-oshodi Road Will Last For 40 Years When Completed

As part of Dangote Industries Limited’s commitment to the Federal Government of Nigeria, Group President/CE of Dangote, Aliko Dangote took the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola on an inspection tour of the 35-kilometre Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki-Ojota highway currently under construction by Dangote Industries Limited. The work began in 2018, as part of a bargain between the company and the Federal Government to enjoy a 10-year tax rebate that accrues to N72.9 Billion. The road has been subjected to heavy traffic flow. An initial attempt to work on the road fell apart, it was approved for N15 Billion in 2013, work on the road stopped after the 2015 general elections. During the inspection, Fashola told members of the press, “The Federal Government is dedicated to the spe...
Sowore: Falana Tells NBA To Discipline Osinbajo, Other Lawyers In Cabinet
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Sowore: Falana Tells NBA To Discipline Osinbajo, Other Lawyers In Cabinet

Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), who leads Mr Omoyele Sowore’s defence team, has asked the Nigerian Bar Association to take disciplinary actions against lawyers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet over what he described as desecration of the court with Sowore’s rearrest at the Federal High Court in Abuja, causing a disruption of court proceedings. He said his legal team would meet on Saturday to determine the next line of action. He said there were 10 lawyers with four of them Senior Advocates of Nigeria, who ought to live up to their oath to defend the Constitution and other laws of the country, by ensuring that the rule of law was observed by the government. The SANs in the cabinet are Vice President Yemi Osinbajon (SAN), Attorney-General of the Federation and ...
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List Of The 524 Roads And Bridges That Buhari Is Constructing In Nigeria

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, recently revealed that the Buhari administration is currently undertaking 524 road and bridge construction projects across the country. Fashola made the revelation while updating the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the ongoing road and bridge construction/rehabilitation projects nationwide. The Minister also revealed that every State in the Federation including the FCT has at least three such ongoing projects. The list of the projects was released by the Minister Of Works and Housing provides a detailed record of ongoing road and bridge projects in the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory. Below are some of the  construction projects - roads and bridges - across the country as listed by the Mi...
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Buhari Administration Is Constructing 524 Highway, Bridges Nationwide

The Buhari administration is currently undertaking 524 road and bridge construction projects across the country.  This was made known by the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola. Fashola made the revelation while updating the Federal Executive Council on the ongoing road and bridge construction/rehabilitation projects nationwide. According to him, 80 of them as priority projects scheduled for completion in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. They were prioritized to enhance ease of doing business in the locations. The Minister also revealed that every State in the Federation including the FCT has at least three such ongoing projects. Listed as priority projects include 27 financed with Sovereign SUKUK Fund. Another 47 projects were scheduled for substantial completion ...
Fashola Says Abuja-Algiers Road To Be Completed In 3yrs
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Fashola Says Abuja-Algiers Road To Be Completed In 3yrs

Mr Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing says the trans-saharan roads linking Abuja with Algiers in Algeria will be completed in three years. Fashola said this during a joint inspection visit to the on-going Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Markudi and the Abuja-Kaduna roads which are part of the trans-saharan roads. The inspection was part of the programme schedule for a 2-day 70th Session of the Trans Sahara Road Liaison Committee (TRLC) which began on Nov. 11 in Abuja. He said: “ What we are concerned with in this committee is the Lagos to Algiers highway. “The Lagos-Ibadan-Oyo road, the Jebba-Mokwa-Kaduna-Kano road, and the Abuja-Kano road are the major components. “`So Mali is doing its own, Algeria is doing its own, Niger is doing its own. Every country is handling...
Nigerian Roads Are Not That Terrible – Fashola
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Nigerian Roads Are Not That Terrible – Fashola

Contrary to general reports making the rounds that Nigerian roads are terrible and not motorable, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said that Nigerian roads are not as bad as people think. The Details: Fashola made this statement after the Federal Executive Council meeting where the sum of N58.4 billion was endorsed for the construction of Bida-Sachi-Nupeko road and the Nupeko-Patigi Bridge across River Niger, linking Nupeko and Patigi in Niger and Kwara States. According to the Minister, “The roads are not as bad as they are often portrayed. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad.” He highlighted the paucity of funds and topography as major setbacks that stalled the process of road construction. He said poor topogr...
FEC Approves N58.4 Billion To Construct Bridge Linking Niger And Kwara
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FEC Approves N58.4 Billion To Construct Bridge Linking Niger And Kwara

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN. Speaking shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting, he said reports on the poor state of the country’s roads were mere hypes. The FEC meeting, which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, approved N58.4billion for the construction of Bida-Sachi-Nupeko road and the Nupeko-Patigi Bridge across River Niger, linking Nupeko and Patigi in Niger and Kwara states.
FG To Begin Sale Of New Houses Soon Nationwide – Fashola
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FG To Begin Sale Of New Houses Soon Nationwide – Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday said that the ministry would soon commence the sale of housing units built under the National Housing Programme nationwide. He said that this would be done through an online subscription to allow for transparency and reduce human interference to the barest in the allocation process. Mr Fashola said this at a one-day stakeholders engagement forum organised by the Lagos State Real Estate Transactions Department with the theme: “Lagos Real Estate: Achieving 21st Century Compliance” Represented by Sarah Alawode, Controller, Federal Ministry of Housing, Mr Fashola said that housing, apart from being one of the major needs of a man, holds great potential for the economic well being of Lagos State and Nigeria at large...
“Stop Praying All The Time, Get To Work” – Fashola Urges Nigerians
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“Stop Praying All The Time, Get To Work” – Fashola Urges Nigerians

Federal Minister of works and housing Babtunde Raji Fashola has urges Nigerians to stop being too religious rather than working. In his words he reveals Nigerians pray often and neglect working. He urges Nigerians to get work and stop praying all time. Meanwhile some Nigerians have agreed to what the ministers said. What is your take on this ??   View this post on Instagram   Hmmmmn! This is deep. - Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN. #FactsOnly A post shared by Tunde Ednut (@tundeednut) on Oct 21, 2019 at 11:58pm PDT
Toll Gates Reintroduction: No Policy Statement Yet – FG
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Toll Gates Reintroduction: No Policy Statement Yet – FG

The Federal Government on Saturday said it did not make any policy statement to suggest that it would reintroduce toll gates across federal highways in Nigeria any time soon. It said if such move was to take effect soon, there would be proper explanations on how it would commence. When asked to state if the government had rescinded its decision to reintroduce toll gates, the Special Adviser on Communications to the Minister of Works and Housing, Hakeem Bello, told our correspondent in Abuja on Saturday night that the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, never made any policy statement on toll gates. Bello said, “Look, why the so much excitement over nothing? The minister never made a policy statement. If the government wants to make a major policy like that (toll ...
FG Returns Toll Gates On Federal Roads
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FG Returns Toll Gates On Federal Roads

THE Federal Government on Wednesday said that plans were at the advanced stage to return toll gate on the federal highways. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa Abuja. Fashola, flanked by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said there was no law that stopped the government from having toll gate on federal roads. He said, “There is no reason why we can’t toll, there was a policy of government to abolish tolls or as it where, dismantle toll plaza but there is no law that prohibit tolling in Nigeria today. We expect to return toll plazas, We have co...
Fashola, Fayemi May Replace Osinbajo As VP
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Fashola, Fayemi May Replace Osinbajo As VP

Rather than settle, the dust generated by the alleged plot to remove Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by some powerful forces in the presidency, otherwise known as ‘members of the cabal’, continues to rise with reports on Tuesday that two possible replacements had already been pencilled down if the embattled VP throws in the towel. A credible source in the presidency told Daily Independent that Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, who is the current chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), and Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, are two top contenders for the number two position. According to him, it has been agreed that the South-West will still retain the position but unlike in 2015 when Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s camp produced Osinbajo, the would-be vice president th...
FEC Okays N310b For Roads Projects
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FEC Okays N310b For Roads Projects

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved three memos and a total of N310 billion for roads projects. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola briefed State House correspondents at the end of FEC meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa. He was with the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajuba and the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Laolu Akande. According to him, FEC approved N79.82 billion for Ibadan-Ilesa-Ife road, N200.176 billion for roads linking second Niger Bridge to Asaba and Onitsha, and N29.654 billion for phase 2 of Kano-Katsina highway. He said “The ministry of works and housing presented three memoranda and they were approved by the council: construction of Ibadan -Ilesa-Ife Du...
No Refund For Federal Roads Repairs, FG Tells State Government
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No Refund For Federal Roads Repairs, FG Tells State Government

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked state governors not to fix federal roads if they will eventually demand refund for the rehabilitation. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja when he appeared before the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on Abandoned Federal Government Projects (Works) from 1999 till date. According to the minister, the President issued the directive due to the humongous amounts being claimed by the governors after repairing federal roads in their states. Fashola said, “The states submitted a bill of almost a trillion naira when President Buhari was elected. He asked us to work out what was their entitlement and all of that. Ultimately, the BPP (the Bureau of Public Procurement) certified about ...
FG’ll Complete Ongoing, Abandoned Projects, Says Fashola
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FG’ll Complete Ongoing, Abandoned Projects, Says Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday, said the Federal Government would complete all ongoing and abandoned projects across the country. He disclosed this when the management team of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit in his office. Fashola said the policy direction of government was to complete all ongoing and abandoned projects. The minister, who was responding to the remarks of the Board Chairman of the FMBN, Adewale Adeeyo, on the uncompleted recapitalisation of the bank, said the ministry would see that the process was completed. He was quoted in a statement issued by his ministry as saying, “It (FMBN recapitalisation) is one of those areas of urgent focus by the President as a way of creating prosperity and enhancing...
Minister Of Power, Saleh Mamman Begs Nigerians To Pray For Him To Succeed
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Minister Of Power, Saleh Mamman Begs Nigerians To Pray For Him To Succeed

The newly-appointed Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, has asked Nigerians to pray for him to succeed in his new role. Mamman was announced as the new Power Minister when President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated his second term cabinet in Abuja on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. While speaking later during a reception organised in his honour by a committee of friends, the minister asked Nigerians to pray for him. "What I need from Nigerians at this time is prayers. I have just been appointed Minister of Power, so I have nothing much to talk about or say than for Nigerians to pray for me to succeed," he said. Mamman's assignment came as a surprise to some as the ministry was previously under the stewardship of former Lagos governor, Babatunde Fashola, who was reappointed and also sw...
PDP Must Not Die In Your Hands – Anenih Tells Sheriff
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PDP Must Not Die In Your Hands – Anenih Tells Sheriff

Party elder and former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, has asked the court-reinstated national chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, to make sure that the party does not die in his hands. It was gathered from a reliable source that Anenih advised Sheriff and his loyalists who had a closed-door meeting in his house yesterday that he should utilise the opportunity available to him to reach out to all aggrieved members so as to rebuild and reunite the party. Although both Anenih and Sheriff failed to give details of what transpired during their less than 30 minutes meeting when Journalists posed questions to them, it was learnt that the chief offered what could be regarded as hard choices for a return of peace. However, when asked to shed more li...