You Can’t Frustrate Me-New Minister warns Civil Servants
The Minister also likened public funds to cancer, leprosy, HIV/ AIDS and many others, saying who ever misappropriates such under his watch would be cursed.
Meanwhile, Umahi while inspecting the Abuja-Lokoja road, alongside the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, said he was not satisfied with the work on Jamata bridge, near Lokoja, saying the area was flood prone but the ongoing works did not take that into consideration
‘We should have designed a road that takes care of the flooding. I blame the designers of the road and we are going to recommend a flyover of 1.6 kilometre along the flood area,” he said.
The minister also urged contractors to review and redesign roads that will have concrete pavement, saying they were durable, irrevocable and are 50-maimtenance free.
He, therefore, urged contractors to bring their quotations for concrete roads.
According to him, concrete is the key because it can withstand all types of stresses imposed upon it.“All we need to do is to change our ways of index. If we are making 100 percent profit in a project that will last 20 years while don’t you make a smaller percentage in a project that should last for 50 years and less maintenance,” he added.
Umahi also said modern technology and innovation used in the advanced countries would be deployed to Nigeria.
He said, “How do we bring solar light especially in various areas where there is no sun? So that we can have light on our roads. Mr. President has directed that we must bring confidence to our people in the use of our roads, 95% of kidnapping occur along our highways, we must begin to think how to bring back our people to confidently use the roads.
“I can assure you you’ll make good profit working with me on this platform and be happy because when you are happy, that’s when the people will be happy. We are going to bring a number of innovations, technically, you know it much better than me, I’ll just have to borrow your brains to perfect your wisdom and knowledge.
“He has told me that we have to bring back Nigerians on the road so that mining can thrive, transportation of petroleum products can thrive, agricultural produce and commerce can thrive.