Perm Sec blames delay on East-West road on inadequate funding

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By Chris Ochayi

ABUJA — The out-going Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Bashar, yesterday, blamed the set-back on completion of the East-West road on inadequate funding by the Federal Government.

Alhaji Bashar, who made the remarks while handing over to the incoming Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Fatimah Bamidele, at the ministry in Abuja, regretted that inadequate funding was a major constraint in the completion of dual carriage-way.

Bashar, who described the East-West road as the ministry’s flag-ship project, said he had a good working relationship with the management and staff of the ministry.

“Though the Niger Delta is a restive zone, the ship was well steered, everyone is being carried along by the Minister, we are a family,” he said.

He disclosed that he had a very cordial relationship with the union and hoped that the incoming Permanent Secretary would continue on that note to enhance greater output.

In her response, Mrs. Fatimah Bamidele declared her intention to build on the excellent relationship the former Permanent Secretary had with the management and staff of the ministry.

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