Report from Federal Ministry of Works.
The Minister of Works, Arc. Mike Onolememen has reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to the provision of good and motorable roads for Nigerians in order to grow the economy.
This was made known when Ambassador Dirk Verheyen-led delegates from Belgiun, paid him an official visit in his office recently. The Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Abubakar
Muhammed Koro said, that “Our mandate is to build infrastructure that will sustain the economy of Nigeria, saying that sustainability of any nation’s economy hinges on the availability of good roads and bridges.”
The Minister also stated that because Government is aware of the importance of good roads and bridges to the advancement of any nation’s economy, Nigeria is willing to partner with other countries in the area of road infrastructure’ development.
He added that arrangements are already in the pipeline to concession the 2nd Niger Bridge and the road leading to Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, as well as Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP).
The Minister further said that the Ministry is ready to partner with any group or individual that will transform our road sector in line with President Goodluck Jonathan Transformation Agenda.
He commended the efforts of the delegates in seeking ways of partnering with Nigeria; adding that the delegates should avail themselves the opportunity to tap from both the natural and human resources that abound in the country.
Earlier in his address, the Leader of the delegation, Antwerp Port Authority’s Mr. Marc Van Peel, while briefing the Minister on the purpose of their visit, disclosed that the delegates represent six different Companies; and that each is seeking the Minister’s consent in partnering with Nigeria’s Government on how to do business with Nigeria.
Members of the delegate include the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, Xavier Baert, the Head of Department, Finance & IT, Peter Bulckaert, the Political/Commercial Secretary, Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, Prince Henry Ezike, Chief Executive Officer, DEM, Nigeria, Graham Lowe, Area Sales Coordinator, DEM Group, Frederic Dahlmann and many others.
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