Works, Defence Ministers, COAS, Meet On Collaboration

- By Joyce Onuora

As part of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's strategic and holistic security roadmap, the Federal Government under the Hon. Minister of Works, Sen. Engr David Umahi, has had closed door meeting with his counterpart, the Hon. Minister of Defence, Mohammed  Badaru Abubarkar, and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General  Taoreed Lagbaja on ways to collaborate in fostering adequate security measures in the country.

The meeting took place on Friday, 19th January 2024, in his office at the Federal Ministry of Works, Abuja

The Special Adviser (Media) to the Hon. Minister of Works, Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji, made the this known through a press release; stating that, the focus of the meeting was on strengthening  collaborations towards improving the nation's internal  security through revolutionalizing road  infrastructure development.

The Hon. Minister of Works eulogised the close door interaction as Renewed Hope initiative that would add value to the implementation of the security roadmap of the present administration. 

He commended the President Tinubu for appointing men of proven professional capacities and passion for quality service delivery to tackle the security challenges facing the country, and expressed hope that with the interventions of Mr. President towards rejiging the nation's  road infrastructure, military operations across  the nation would assume greater imptetus.

"I commend Mr. President very highly, and thank members of the public who have also supported in different dimensions. Yes, we have discussed certain strategies 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, palliative jobs, and the  roads that are linked to markets, industries, and factories etc. So, this is one of the mandates that Mr. President has given to us, and we are going to hasten this mandate and to ensure that the desires 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 focused in this direction in the field, while the military will support them going forward. Overall, improved security is our objective, and we will continue to pursue that."

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