Minister Of Works, Defence, Chief Of Army Staff Synergise

Ways to Improve Security And Road Infrastructure


The Minister of Works,  Sen. Engr David Umahi, his counterpart in the ministry of Defence, Mohammed  Badaru Abubarkar, and the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja said improving the nation’s internal security by transforming the road infrastructure is a sure bet.


This was disclosed as the focus of a close door meeting among the trio which took place at the Federal Ministry of Works in Abuja.


Briefing newsmen shortly after the engagement the Special Adviser on Media to the Minister of Works, Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji noted that the focus of the meeting was also on strengthening  collaborations towards achieving the Renewed  Hope initiative by adding value  to the  implementation  of the security and road infrastructure roadmap.


The press briefing read in parts;


” I commend Mr. President very highly, and I thank  members of the public who  have also supported in different dimensions. Yes, we have discussed certain infrastructure as it concerns my ministry to enhance their performances, and our minds are working together. The main focus of Mr. President, when it comes to road infrastructure, is the interstate routes that are linked to security operations nationwide,  the palliative jobs, and the  roads that are linked to markets, industries, and factories etc. And so, this is one of the mandates that Mr. President has given to us. And so, we are going to hasten this mandate and to ensure that the desire of Mr. President, as far as road infrastructure is concerned, is achieved”



“Road is everything. If you improve the roads, you have improved security, agriculture, education, and commerce, and you have improved the happiness of people.  And this is just what  Mr. President is doing. We have started to be in the field to repair over 320 roads that Mr. President directed us to do.”



Speaking  on behalf of the visiting  team, the Chief of Army Staff said that the essence  of the meeting  was to discuss with the Hon. Minister  of Works elements of national  power  support  to the military field operations  with a focus  on the role of infrastructural  upgrade in the enhancement  of military operations  across  the country.



“We have discussed extensively, and we are glad that the Hon. Minister of Works is disposed to some of the suggestions that we have made on the need to focus on some critical roads that will impact positively on military operations across the country. And so, the Minister of Works has made some promises, and we look forward to seeing activities of contractors and other agents focus in this direction in the field, and the military will support them going forward. Overall, improved security is our objective, and we will continue to pursue that.”