Road Infrastructure, A necessary factor for Nigeria’s Unity – Mohammed Bukar

Works Council Meeting
L-R: The Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Dr. Famous Eseduwo (FMW&H), Director Highways, Construction and Rehabilitation, Engr. Yemi Oguntominiyi (FMW&H) and Director Highways,Planning and Development, Engr, Chibike Uzo (FMW&H)

Abuja (Min. of Works and Housing) – The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mohammed Bukar has disclosed that road infrastructure was a necessary factor for the unity of our geographically vast and culturally heterogeneous nation, Nigeria.

He made the disclosure today at the ongoing meeting of Federal and State Permanent Secretaries  at the 25th National Council on Works in Calabar Cross River State. The theme of the Council Meeting is “Infrastructure as the pathway for prosperity” which according to him was “Apt and deliberately chosen  to address issues of job creation, poverty alleviation and wealth creation.” Bukar who was ably represented by the Director Highways, Planning and Development, Engr, Chibike Uzo maintained that ” In spite of  the present  improvement in GDP growth, road infrastructure deficit and its attendant adverse effect on the transport sector remained  a major impediment to future economic prosperity of Nigeria, especially in the area of food supply, employment generation and wealth creation.

The Permanent Secretary assured Nigerians that his Ministry was committed to integrating and developing Nigerian roads infrastructure through the completion of projects with positive impact capable of providing more conducive environment for local and foreign investments.

While welcoming all Stakeholders to the Council meant to look at the issues raised  during the Technical Meeting which took place on Monday – Tuesday (25th – 26th November, 2019), Bukar expressed immeasurable  gratitude to the Government and good people of Cross River State, especially, the Executive Governor, His Excellency, Prof. Ben. Ayade for providing the conducive environment for stakeholders in the Works Sector to deliberate on the myriad of infrastructure challenges in Nigeria.

In her address, the Permanent Secretary, Cross River State Ministry of Works, Dr. (Mrs.) Ihort Achu, commended the Directors  from various MDAs for patiently brainstorming  on issues of roads infrastructure which according to her were  crucial to the economic development of Cross River State in particular and Nigeria in general. Achu happily welcomed the Permanent Secretaries from the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory and enjoined them to feel at home and enjoy the hospitality of Cross River State.

Stephen Kilebi
Deputy Director (Press and Public Relations)