The Hon. Minister of State Labour and Employment, Olorogun Festus Keyamo, has assured Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration will complete and commission the 2nd Niger Bridge before the end of this administration. He made this known to newsmen immediately after the commissioning of the Uzere – Aviara 7.85 km Ring Road.
According to him, “I can speak for my colleague, the Hon. Minister Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, we have spoken about it at the Federal Executive Council meeting, yes, before this administration will leave office we shall commission the 2nd Niger Bridge.
“We are very excited about the project. The project was from the previous administration which they could not attend to. But President Buhari’s administration created a special fund to complete the project.”
He reiterated that “I can assure you that we shall accompany Mr President to commission that project before the end of this administration.” The Trumpet Gathered
On the non-completion of some federal projects, Keyamo said, “Most of the projects have been brought to federal executive council, we have also approved but the federal government is also constrained with paucity of funds.
“It is also important that people understand that perhaps some of this budget provision and proposal are also hampered by the National Assembly. They are drastically also cut down by the Ministry of Works and Housing.
“We are still appealing so that some of these budget proposals for projects whenever they get to the National Assembly they are kept as they are. Especially those that are earmarked for some specific projects.”
Keyamo lamented that, once they cut the fund for some projects, they have no option but to execute the one the budget can carry for that year.
On Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) strike, the Minister confirmed that the federal government is negotiating seriously with ASUU but he cannot give details of the negotiation, noting that soon the details will be made public.
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