By Emma Unah
CALABAR – NIGERIA had no housing policy until May 2015 when President Mohammadu Buhari administration came into being and introduced a coordinated housing policy and housing schemes are being built in thirty four states of the country.
Babatunde Fashola, SAN, Minster for Power, Works, and Housing stated this in Calabar on Friday while addressing senior staff of the three ministries who are in the city a three day retreat.
“I think I speak your minds if I say that there was no housing programme against three years ago and that today there is a national housing programme where we are building in thirty four states.
“ I think I speak your minds if I say against three years ago, all the budget the work sector had for building of roads in the whole country was 18 billion and today we have close 300 billion naira and the work sector can say there is no state in Nigeria we are not building toad here or there”
He said three years ago the story was that transmission was the biggest problem and that there was not enough power to supply the power sector grid and there was not enough power to supply and averagely 2,690 megawatt was generated but that story has changed and generation has reached 7000 megawatts and 5,222 is being distributed, an all time national high.
Is there any one person who can say he did it on own. Ofcourse, the applause we are receiving from the public belongs to the entire team and the captain of our team Presiden Buhari and the vice President”.
He said emphasis should be on team work because he believe in the power of the team especially in public service.
“To reassess what we have done in the past years, I reflect to relevant ourselves and improve ourselves. From team work if you want to go fast go alone, nut if you want to far go as and team knowing that we have different capacities , strength and weaknesses and if we work together we will go very far.
The Minster said he retreat is to enable the public servants o do more for trhe generality of he people.
Our responsibility is enormous. I don’t intend to scare you but that is the truth.
He said mistakes could be made but there is need to understand that in the public sector life, it is because there are problems and mistakes.
It is a big responsibility is that in whatever public sector, one must work towards the achievement of the common good.