MY REMARKS FROM THE FLAG-OFF CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DAURAN-BIRNIN, TSABA BIRNIN & MAGAJI-KAURAN NAMODA ROADS ON 20TH JANUARY 2017,IN ZAMFARA STATE
It gives me great pleasure to flag off this important road construction which will open and connect 14 local government areas in Zamfara state. I must commend His Excellency, Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar for this bold and massive project. Indeed, to take up such a gigantic project in this period with such limited resources coming into the state makes an unmistakable statement that leadership and governance is all about commitment to the course of lifting our people from poverty and suffering. No doubt, the construction of a reliable road network is one of the fastest ways of moving people, goods and services for growth and development.
This project is commendable because Zamfara state plays a very important role in food production in Nigeria and neighbouring West African countries.
For a state which prides itself on its large farming population, an improved road network will definitely provide more employment opportunities to the people and improve socio-economic activities in the State.
The challenges of road construction and maintenance have been a very big setback in our quest for sustainable economic development as a Nation. The Federal Government has nevertheless made significant efforts to improve the road situation as seen in increased allocations to the road sector in the 2017 appropriation bill which is being considered by the National Assembly.
Further to that, the 8th National Assembly is on the verge of passing the Federal Roads Authority bill and National Road Fund Bill into law to not only promote a safe and efficient management of our road networks; and open up opportunities for alternative funding mechanisms from the private sector that will guarantee continuous improvement of the quality of this roads year in year out.
As we are about to begin this massive road construction, I hope that our Nigerian Engineers, Technicians and Artisans have been and will continue to be incorporated in the workforce at all the different stages of construction; and that we also employ the use locally-made equipment where possible. This will boost local content and reinforce our drive in the National Assembly for increased patronage of Made in Nigeria goods. It is expected that this avenue will provide a trickle-down effect on the socio-economic activities of Zamfara state.
Finally, I will like to thank all our party men and women who have kept faith with this administration. The Executive arm and the legislature are working tirelessly to ensure our economy is revived and the fruits of development reach every citizen. We have to join hands with Mr. President to ensure that the common man finds comfort in this country. Nigeria belongs to all of us and we must keep faith and continue praying for our leaders. Once again, congratulations to His Excellency, Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar for getting to this point and I look forward to seeing more infrastructural improvements throughout the state and region.
Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.