Former governor of Lagos state and now Minister of Works, Power and Housing has given his 1 and half year report card.
He listed his achievements so far in a press conference. From his speech we have gleaned a summarised version of what the former Lagos governor says he has achieved so far.
1. Re-mobilisation of contractors to commence work on some federal roads across the 6 geo-political zones which include;
– The Port Harcourt- Aba Road, where mobilization was delayed until Monday 31st October because of rains, and the difficulty of establishing a works yard
– Sokoto – Tambuwal – Makera-Kontagara Road where work is going on, – (Sokoto-Kebbi-Niger States)
– Ilorin-Jebba Road, – (Kwara State)
– Loko-Oweto Bridge, – ( Nasarawa/Benue States)
– Shagamu- Ibadan , – (Oyo-Ogun State)
– Shagamu – Lagos, – (Lagos-Ogun State)
– Ogbomosho-Oko-Ilogbo-Osogbo , -(Oyo-Osun State)
– Funtua-Katsina , -(Katsina State)
– Wukari-Akwana , – (Taraba State)
– Abriba –Arochukwu – Ohafia , – (Abia State)
– Abuja – Lokoja – Airport , – (FCT/ Kogi State)
– Oji-Achi-Obeagu-Mmaku-Awgu-Ndeaboh-Mpu-Okpanku , -(Enugu State)
– Ajase Ipo – Offa – Erinle – Osun State Boundary , – (Kwara State)
– Ikot Ekpene Border- Aba – Owerri Dualisation , – (Akwa Ibom/Abia and Imo States)
2. Fashola said he paid consultants supervising these roads that have not been paid for 2 years
3. 3 Year plan to cover 42 (Forty-Two) bridges that will require about N277 Billion authorization by Parliament over the period
4. Developed proposals for the budget to intervene in critical roads in the 6 (SIX) Geo-political zones that lead to and from major food producing states based on information supplied by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Fashola says since the privatisation the ministry is chiefly now a regulator and also responsible for expanding and maintaining the transmission line.
1. The ministry has commenced paying contractors on several tranmission projects and getting the necessary approvals for them to return to work. Examples of these are in Sokoto, Maiduguri, Okada, Alagbon, Damboa, Nasarawa, Gurara, Osogbo, Kashimbilla, Kumbotso, Ikot Ikpene to mention a few.
2. In addition to transmission, we are working to complete uncompleted power generation projects to deliver on the incremental power program of our roadmap of incremental, steady and uninterrupted power.
Some of the projects that should start coming to conclusion in 2017 are the 215 MW Kaduna Power, 40 MW Kashimbilla Power (Hydro), 40 MW Gurara I Power (Hydro), 29 MW Dadin Kowa Power (Hydro), 10 MW Katsina Power (Wind) 1,125 MW (14 Solar projects) and the 240 MW Emergency Power Project for Afam (Gas)
3. We are working with the generation companies to increase their power generation capacity through repairs and maintenance. For example Egbin has restored all its turbines even though it has suffered a gas outage as a result of vandalization. Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro have increased the number of functional turbines, so they are producing 300 MW extra power during this year’s rainy season, more than they did last year.
4. On the distribution side, we continue to work with the DisCos to improve their customer service and in particular meters supply.
5. Going forward we intend to roll out our Rural Electrification Implementation program which Mr. President has now approved as required by the law.
1. We have not yet started constructing houses. But tenders have been considered and over 500 contracts are now ready to be issued for work to start in earnest.
However, we have received land from 27 (TWENTY-SEVEN) states as at 24th October and more are still responding.
We have completed simple designs of one, two and three-bedroom bungalows for the northern states to respond to the cultural, climatic and land use peculiarities.
We have completed simple designs of one, two and three bedroom blocks of Flats for Southern states also in response to similar peculiarities.