The Minister of Works, Senator Mohammed Sanusi Daggash has assured Nigerians that the government is committed to commence work on the 2nd Niger Bridge and would ensure its completion within 3 years.
The Minister gave this assurance when the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu paid him a courtesy visit in his Mabushi office.
He said plans had been concluded to send a Special Audit Team to the South East zone to verify the capacity of contractors handling jobs on behalf of the Ministry to determine their capacities to complete the projects in record time. The audit would be on personnel, equipment etc.
He therefore, solicits support from the National Assembly for adequate funding, while restating his intention to put in place a comprehensive data bank in the ministry.
Senator Daggash at another forum with Federal Controllers of Works reiterated the critical role of the officers in the management and monitoring of projects in their respective states, especially on road networks.
According to him, he is determined to improve staff welfare and to professionalize and make the ministry IT compliant in a most transparent and accountable manner.
In his remarks, the Minister of State for Works, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi charged foreign firms operating in Nigeria to employ Nigerian Engineers at the directorate and other senior levels so as to improve their productivity and meeting of set targets.
The Permanent Secretary, Dr. Tukur Bello Ingawa, and Directors in the ministry were at the two occasions.