Expect difficulties in power, road during rainy season, Fashola tells Nigerians

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has said difficulties during rainy season is inevitable in power and road projects.

Fashola who spoke on Monday in Abuja while delivering a closing report on the status of infrastructure in Nigeria and the launch of a book, titled: Proof of Infrastructure Delivery Across Nigeria said the recurrent challenges during raining season would still persist.

He noted that although the Ministry has worked on plans to meet up with the ‘ember months’ and end-of-year traffic movement yet Nigerians should prepared ahead of the season.

He, however, assured that the ministry had ordered contractors, transmission companies and distribution companies to forestall effects of the rains.

He said: “We are mindful of global and extreme weather changes. We are always prepared for ‘ember months’ and end-of-year traffic movement. But perhaps, we have not had a preparation for rainy season and we have been meeting as ministry to prepare for rainy seasons. Thankfully, two permanent secretaries have responded and we have been having meetings in the last five weeks.

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“We have given directives to our contractors because our roads will not finish immediately. So, contractors have a directive now to try and close all the earthworks and protect them from being washed away. Places where they have not finished, they have to make sure that they are motorable for commuters until the dry weather comes for them to finish their work.

“We are also trying to work with state governments so that they help to trail their channels and canals so that we can control the flow of water that passes through their states.”

He explained, “The permanent secretary and his team have given directive to Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and distribution companies (DisCos) to start a process of preventive measures by trimming down trees because tree branches affect te situation. They are to generally prepare and see how we can ensure that the rainy season is not a very inconvenient season for us.”

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