Minister of Works, Senator Umahi, not linked with Ministry’s Labour Union

By Jasmine Ekpenyong Ita

September 28, 2023

Contrary to the stories making the rounds on social media, the Minister of Works, the phenomenal Senator (Engr) Dave Nweze Umahi, was at no time locked up in his office nor denied access today, Thursday the 28th of September, 2023.

The real situation is that the meticulous Senator Umahi, in all fairness, made series of efforts to bring sanity and orderliness to the service by ensuring that services are rendered as at when due to grow the Nigerian economy to everyone’s benefit. Therefore, to imbibe the spirit of discipline, daily Work activities in the Federal Ministry of Works now begins at 9a.m, Mondays to Fridays for all staff while the closing hour shall be 4p.m.

The Ministry’s Union Chairperson, Comrade Williams Kuti during a meeting with the Minister Works, Permanent Secretary and Management Staff stated that Senator Umahi, had started on a good note by identifying both the needs of Nigerians in the quest for good and durable roads and bridges took a personal inspection tour of most of the road infrastructure in the South West, South East, South South and part of the North Central and North West geo political zones of the country.

Moreso Senator Umahi felicitated with staff of the ministry, by means of personal welfare during the just celebrated Muslim festival (Eid El Maulud). The Union Chairman along side other staff during the meeting requested for more staff buses to ease their movement to and from their locations.

In his address the Minister of Works, reminded them that “we all have to work in unity to be able to deliver Nigeria our dear country from total collapse”.

Senator Umahi, recalled his several attempts at ensuring that things are done right and also that international best practices are respected by all Contractors in the construction of all Nigerian roads.

“Henceforth, by this, proper discipline, and respect of the rule of law and Contract agreement, we can be sure to see not just roads that can last more than Seven (7) years but rather roads that will last up to fifty (50) years and that is when the Concrete Technology method of building our roads is put to use”, he declared.

This Senator Umahi, said “will create more jobs for Nigerian Engineers, while increasing the use of local content which are in abundance in Nigeria rather than putting more pressure on the Nigerian Naira for the importation of bitumen and asphalt for road construction”.

The Phenomenal Minister promised to go to other zones within the next three weeks and see first hand the problems Nigerians are facing on the highways.

The meeting was fruitful, as it ended with praise and the Honorable Minister, being given three hearty cheers and Gbosas for playing the role of a true Father to the staff.

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