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Fashola Asserts That Infrastructure Is The Most Legal Means Of Generating Wealth

According to Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, infrastructure development is the most legitimate means of distributing wealth in an economy.

He explained that the nation’s economy was greatly impacted by infrastructure’s impact on job creation and economic expansion.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, presided over the inaugural event, which was coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.

Fashola asserts that the larger goal of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was the expansion of the economy, which was the focus of the Change Agenda that was implemented in the Ministry of Works and Housing in 2015.

He then stated that this was being accomplished by modernizing and expanding the nation’s infrastructure on a scale not seen in a long time.

“Indeed, the Ministry of Works and Housing is present in all the states of the federation either through a road, bridge, National Housing Programme, Federal Secretariat or Special Intervention Project,” he said.

According to Fashola, the administration has been steadfast in its pursuit of progressivism, which is internationally recognized as the improvement of the human condition, for the past seven and a half years.

He said that President Buhari gave the order to finish existing projects rather than start new ones, and that the administration had never abandoned any project that had been started by previous administrations.

“In 2015 the conversation was on the existence of a large number of abandoned infrastructure and the seeming lack of political will to complete those infrastructure in spite of the availability of resources.

“Today the Buhari administration has made these possible in spite of lean resources.

“Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway were either totally non-existent or in a deteriorated state and today, the Buhari administration has demonstrated that needed political will to break the jinx on our nation’s historically most difficult projects.

“Does it not stand to reason to conclude that the party, which formed the government deserves to continue to deliver to the people of Nigeria these life-defining infrastructure.”

Fashola stated that the second Niger Bridge was now finished and would soon be open to the public for use. However, the construction of the link road to the bridge from both the Asaba and Onitsha axis was holding up the commissioning.
“I can confirm that the second Niger Bridge itself is finished. People can walk through it now. What remains now is the link roads,” he said.
Regarding housing, the minister stated that affordability and accessibility were primary considerations for the National Housing Programme, which was initiated by the Ministry of Works and Housing at the beginning of the administration led by Muhammadu Buhari.

“The National Housing Programme is now delivering on its objective of stimulating the economies of the 35 states and the FCT.

“Jobs have been created in the communities where the construction of the houses are being built.

“Such needs for artisans, builders, engineers, and other skilled persons in the building industry, the construction sites have been and remain centres of supply for building materials and other commodities,” Fashola said.

He explained that because the program was now in its final season, many of the houses had been finished and were now being given to beneficiaries who followed the allocation procedure on the National Housing Programme website (nhp.worksandhousing.gov.ng).

“The National Housing Programme has therefore produced new home owners but in the process, also produced citizens who found economic fulfilment as contractors, suppliers of various construction items and artisans,” he said.

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