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ACCOUNTABILITY PRESS BRIEFING ON THE ACHIEVEMENTS ON THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF HIS EXCELLENCY, SAMUEL ORTOM SUBMITTED BY THE MINISTRY OF WORKS TRANSPORT AND ENERGY, MAKURDI Preamble The Ministry of Works, Works Transport and Energy, hitherto known as the Ministry of Works and Transport, is one of the oldest Ministries in the Benue State Service. It currently has Hon. Emmanuel Manger as the Political Head while Mr. I. Akaagerger Iber, the Permanent Secretary is the Administrative Head and Accounting Officer. The Ministry of Works, Transport and Energy is a creation of the present administration when it was renamed from its previous structure to the current one with additional responsibility of energy matters. Major functions The Ministry of Works, Transport and Energy has the major responsibilities for;
  • Serving as the Engineer to the Government and Adviser/Consultant on all engineering/technical issues.
  • Conceiving, planning, designing, constructing, and maintenance of infrastructure such as
  • Township roads,
  • Rural highways,
  • Electrical/mechanical installations,
  • Transport facilities etc.
  • Procurement and maintenance/repairs of plants, vehicles and equipment for Government and the general public.
  • Provision of energy needs of the State.
  • Ensuring the safety of roads users and vehicles that ply the roads within the state.
Structure In order to carry out the above stated functions effectively, the Ministry is structured into seven directorates namely: Directorate of Civil Engineering Directorate of Mechanical Engineering Services Directorate of Electrical Engineering Services Directorate of Transport Services Directorate of Administration and supplies Directorate of Finance and accounts Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics Benue Links: The Ministry also supervises the activities of Benue Links Nig. Ltd; a state government owned transport outfit. Staff strength The Ministry currently has staff strength of one hundred and fifty nine (159) including pooled staff comprising of seven (7) administrative officers, one (1) legal officer, three (3) information officers, and five (5) account officers. The entire staff disposition is distributed as follows:
  1. Directorate of Administration and Supplies –           39
  2. Directorate of Civil Engineering –           35
  • Directorate of Mechanical Engineering Services –           18
  1. Directorate of Electrical Engineering Services –           25
  2. Directorate of Transport Services –           33
  3. Directorate of Finance and Accounts –           5
  • Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics –           4
Total                                                                           –           159 ACHIEVEMENTS Projects executed by the Civil Engineering Directorate Projects initiated by the present administration
  1. Name of Road: Origbo-Imande Akpu – Gbajimba Road (40.397km)
            Name of Contractor:               M/s Tongyi New International Construction Ltd. Date of Commencement:        30th March, 2016 Contract sum:                          N4,766,858,445.63 Amount paid:                          N2,100,943,645.63 Works achieved: Clearing of road completed. Earthworks, reinforced concrete drainage,                 culverts of various sizes, and bridge works are in progress. General percentage                                completion of work is 43%. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing.
  1. Name of Road: Mobile Police Barracks Road Junction – Mobile Police Barracks –                  Adeke – Welfare Quarters – Yaiko – Apir Road Junction (24km)
            Name of Contractor:               M/s Triacta Nig. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        7th March, 2016 Contract sum:                          N3,109,403,626.88 Amount paid:                          N932,821,088.64 Works achieved: Clearing, earthworks, culvert of various sizes, are completed up to                         16km. general percentage of works is 45%. The road is to be finished with Asphaltic concrete surfacing. Projects inherited from the previous administration
  1. Name of Road: Dualization of New Assembly Village Road (2.30km)
            Name of Contractor:               M/s Earthcore Const. Nig. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        6th June, 2008 Contract sum:                          N274,295,114.34 Amount paid:                          N82,298,134.30 Works Achieved: Earthworks and drainage works are in progress with two major box                      culverts completed. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing.
  1. Name of Road: Ge-Ikyobo-Agbeede-Amua-Anshagba (37.00km)
            Name of Contractor:               M/s Tilley Gyado Co. Nig. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        30th December, 2008 Contract sum:                          N1,865,337,321.70 Amount paid:                          N1,618,975,886.55 Works achieved: Work achieved is at 70.25% with earthworks, culverts and drainage                      works completed. Contractor has finished sub-base. Base course and tarring works are in                           progress. He has submitted a bill for RETC for the outstanding works, which has been                   approved and will soon move back to site. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing. iii.        Name of Road: Vandeikya-Kotiyough-Adikpo Road (32.0km)             Name of Contractor:               M/s A.G Vision (Nig.) Ltd. Date of Commencement:        31st December, 2008 Contract sum:                          N1,776,143,475.78 Amount paid:                          N1,458,196,526.46 Works Achieved: Earthworks and all culvert works have been completed; with road                        works in progress. Work is generally at 75.6% completion and the contractor has                            abandoned the site for over two years. However, there are no outstanding certificates. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing.
  1. Name of Road: Zaki Biam-Afia-Gbeji Road (46.52km)
            Name of Contractor:               M/s Dantata & Sawoe Construction Co. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        30th December, 2008 Contract sum:                          N3,898,059,000.58 Amount paid:                          N3,490,675,309.20 Work achieved: Earthworks, culverts and bridges on the road have been completed and                  road works are in progress. General progress of works is 89% completion. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing.
  1. Name of Road: Construction of 92km of Rural roads
            Name of Contractor:               M/s Tilley Gyado Co. Nig. Ltd Date of Commencement:        10th April, 2007 Contract sum:                          N1,145,484,845.46 Amount paid:                          N837,799,397.72 Works achieved: Works on the roads [Gboko – Gbemacha (24km), Awajir – Oju                             rehabilitation (54km), Ter Gboko – Tse Kucha – Achigbe (16km)]. Works progress is at                 73.14%. The contractor has abandoned the site and is not being owed on any certificate. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing.
  1. Name of Road: Rehabilitation of 18.18km of some township roads in Gboko
            Name of Contractor:               M/s Taes Rabboni Nig. Ltd Date of Commencement:        12th October, 2006 Contract sum:                          N414,567,685.51 Amount paid:                          N254,188,443.80 Works achieved: Contract has been reappraised and the contractor to complete works on                 the three roads (Maagbe Abagye, Mike Jukwe and Ishwa Villa) and handover. He                                     has completed drainage works. Earthworks and road works are in progress. Progress of                  works is at 61.31%. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing. vii.       Name of Road: Surfacing and rehabilitation of MGOK Township Roads (97.03km)             Name of Contractor:               M/s Hajaig Construction Nig. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        10th April, 2007 Contract sum:                          N8,678,631,596.66 Amount paid:                          N8,458,430,404.62 Works achieved: Contractor has completed works on most of the roads, works still                          outstanding on four roads in Makurdi and Katsina-Ala towns (Makurdi-Adaka walk                      ways, Joe Akaahan Road, Atom Kpera Road and Anyaka Street, in Makurdi; Ahmadu                            Bello way and General Hospital road in Katsina-Ala). Progress of works is at 97.00%                             completion. The contractor is not been owed has discontinued work for reasons unknown. The roads are being finished with asphaltic concrete surfacing. viii.      Name of Road: Construction of 248.259km of some rural roads             Name of Contractor:               M/s Hajaig Construction Nig. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        10th April, 2007 Contract sum:                          N7,244,551,917.47 Amount paid:                          N5,643,950,270.93 Works Achieved: Works have been completed on Branch Atser-Korinya road (22km),                     Wannune-Ijer-Boagundu (39km), and Adikpo-Ajio-Iyon road (24km), but not yet handed                       over. Daudu-Gbajimba road (47km) has been reappraised; the contractor was remobilized                      to site but has abandoned the site again. Aliade-Mbakine-Ito road (39km) and Sankera –                                Ayati – Sai have been terminated as a result of non-performance. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing.
  1. Name of Road: Rehabilitation of 12.16km of Township Roads in Makurdi and   Otukpo         
            Name of Contractor:               M/s Anestony Construction Co. Nig. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        5th December, 2006 Contract sum:                          N260,160,031.68 Amount paid:                          N139,937,268.00 Works achieved: Works have been completed on four roads at Otukpo and 19 roads in                    Makurdi. General progress of works for all the roads at 75.40%. The contractor                              abandoned the site since 2010 because of non-payment. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing.
  1. Name of Road: Rehabilitation of Gboko Township Roads (7.4km)
            Name of Contractor:               M/s Speed Engineering Concept Ltd. but sub contracted to                                                             JAFAJAE Nig. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        October, 2011 Contract sum:                          N367,708,802.00 Amount paid:                          N219,237,118.22 Works achieved: Earth works and drainage works were done on three roads: low cost                     road, Ishima Igyoh, and Tyaav Gaav Streets. General progress of work is at 54.18%. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing.
  1. Name of Road: Construction/Rehabilitation of some selected Makurdi Township   Roads, Phase II (38.20km)
            Name of Contractor:               M/s Hajaig Construction Nig. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        13th June, 2011 Contract sum:                          N2,276,372,182.88 Amount paid:                          N1,636,921,076.62 Works achieved: Works completed on 11 streets (NKST Low Level, Abinsi, Balewa                       Extension, Yough, Ushongo, Bishop Iyangemar, Ugbokolo, Emmanuel Mande/Asom                    Bur/Reuphina Hotel, Old Bridge and Ichama Onitsha). Works on 10 streets/roads                                      (badagry, Modern Market, NKST Yina, Kanga, Muslim Pilgrims, Hotel Lucia, Lush                      Green, Old Otukpo and Pever Agenga) are in progress. General progress is at 61.16%.                             The contractor abandoned the site since 2010. The roads are being finished with asphaltic concrete surfacing. xii.       Name of Road: Oju-Obussa-Utonkon Road (51km)             Name of Contractor:               M/s CGGC Global Projects Nig. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        14th July, 2011 Contract sum:                          N3,997,787,734.92 Amount paid:                          N2,734,140,361.29 Works achieved: Earthworks, culverts and drainage construction have been completed.                   The three bridges have been completed. Road works are in progress. Generally works are                           at 89.00% completion. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing. xiii.      Name of Road: Taraku-Naka-Agagbe Road (61km)             Name of Contractor:               M/s P.W. Nig. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        13th June, 2011 Contract sum:                          N4,728,615,045.00 Amount paid:                          N3,766,422,735.68 Works Achieved: Earthworks, culverts, bridge works completed and drainages works in                 progress. Road works have been achieved up to 35km. general progress of works is at                    79.65% completion. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing. xiv.      Name of Road: Zaki Biam Township Roads (2.80km)             Name of Contractor:               M/s Hajaig Construction Nig. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        November, 2011 Contract sum:                          N441,140,403.37 Amount paid:                          N237,349,455.13 Works achieved: Works in progress at 52% completion. Works presently not being                           executed. Earthworks, culverts and drainages (block and reinforced concrete lined drains)                       have been completed. The contractor has not been on site from 2013 to date. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing.
  1. Name of Road: Tor Donga-Zaki Biam with Spur to Tse Wuaze-Tiza-Abiki-Shila   Road (45.14km)
            Name of Contractor:               M/s P.W Nig.Ltd. Date of Commencement:        10th December, 2013 Contract sum:                          N4,849,233,124.15 Amount paid:                          N1,464,768,837.00 Works Achieved: Earthworks, and culverts have been completed. The sub-base, base                       courses and drainage works are in progress. The works generally achieved at site is                         53.44%. The contractors left the site because of non-payment. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing. xvi.      Name of Road: Oshigbudu – Obagaji Road (10.0km)             Name of Contractor:               M/s Rockbridge Construction Nig. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        9th December, 2013 Contract sum:                          N776,828,886.75 Amount paid:                          N462,080,112.06 Works Achieved: Works achieved at site are earthworks, culverts and sub-base                                completed. Base course and surfacing are in progress. The road is going to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing. xvii.     Name of Road: Wannune-Ikpa-Igbor Road (36.732km)             Name of Contractor:               M/s CGGC Global Projects Nig. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        14th November, 2014 Contract sum:                          N2,326,603,387.17 Amount paid:                          N1,527,541,611.14 Works Achieved: Works achieved at site are earthworks, culverts, drainage works and                    sub-base completed. Base course is in progress. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing. xviii.    Name of Road: Abuku-Ortese-Jingir-Tyogbenda Wombo Road (21.0km)             Name of Contractor:               M/s H&M Nig. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        14th November, 2012 Contract sum:                          N1,167,895,817.00 (mobilized by Ortom’s administration) Amount paid:                          N432,878,760.90 Works Achieved: Earthworks, culverts and drainage works are in progress. Works                           achieved at site is at 40.10% completion The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing. xix.      Name of Road: Peripheral Roads to Hotel Jovina in Gboko (2.37km)             Name of Contractor:               M/s ZATECO Con. Co. Ltd. Date of Commencement:        30th January, 2012 Contract sum:                          N149,079,102.90 Amount paid:                          N44,723,730.87 (mobilized two weeks ago) Works Achieved: Clearing of road in progress. The road is to be finished with spray and chip surface dressing. Projects executed by the Mechanical Engineering Directorate The Mechanical Workshop and the generator house have been refurbished, and a 350KVA generator procured to power the workshop. Projects executed by the Electrical Engineering Directorate
  1. Supervision of Electrical Installation works at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Makurdi is at completion stages.
  2. The Ministry has reactivated the street lights by the sides of the road leading into the Benue People’s House from the Roundabout.
  • In the area of power generation, the Ministry has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between the State Government and two different companies – Damteck Nig. Ltd. and Beacon Oak Nig. Ltd. for the establishment of a 500MW hybrid hydro-solar power station at River Katsina-Ala and a 30MW Solar Power Plant at Ohimini.
In addition to the above projects, arrangements have reached advanced stages with Contec Global for the establishment of a 10MW Gas Plant at the Industrial Layout, Makurdi. Projects executed by the Transport Engineering Directorate The Ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on behalf of the State Government, for the construction of a Makurdi Cargo Airport. Arrangements are at an advanced stage for its implementation. An MOU has been signed for the establishment of a Vehicle Inspection Centre, Makurdi. The company is in dire need of new buses to improve on its services. In view of this, an EXCO Committee was set up to look into the matter. The report of the committee is now before the EXCO for consideration and implementation. Achievements form Directorate of Administration and Supplies
  • During the period under review 27 staff has been promoted. This administration has been able to conduct promotion interviews in the various directorates in the Ministry towards promoting deserving officers in their various cadres who are matured for promotion. In fact, this is a plus for the present administration.
  • The energy component was added to the Ministry following the restructuring of the erstwhile, Ministry of Works and Transport which was focused towards solving energy issues across the state.
Achievements from Directorate of Finance and Accounts The Directorate of Account and Finance provided accounting services and the keeping of all records of financial transactions involving the Ministry, during the period under review. Achievements from Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics
  • Prepared 2016 budget.
  • Successfully defended the 2016 supplementary budget.
  • Prepared the 2017 budget, which is adjudged as the best in outlay, economic coding and geo coding in line with the IPSAS template.
Prospects
  • New Road Projects soon to be embarked upon include the following:
  1. Obagaji – Okokolo – Abian – Agagbe (43.25km) – N5,522,844,500.25
  2. Igumale Agila (30km) – N2,956,574,557.13
  • Otukpo Icho – Odudaje – Aondoana (21km) – N2,591,714,379.90
  1. Ikyov – Utange – Mbagwaza – Mbagba – Lessel (55km) – N5,190,419,492.99
  2. Makurdi – Yogbo – Udei – Udei branch (52.27km) – N6,476,941,779.07
  3. Sankera – Chito – Vaase Road (41.92km) – N4,828,053,266.50
  • 20m span bridge across River Agbudu stream at Tofi village in Buruku LGA – N44,365,702.50
  • 20m span bridge across Loko in K/Ala LGA – N48,905,239.91
  • The Ministry intends to resuscitate the Asphalt Plant at Abinsi and the Quarry Plant at Mkar, to enhance road maintenance works.
  • The Ministry has also collaborated with a company which has demonstrated their product to light the Iyorchia Ayu Road in Makurdi.
  • Again, there are plans to use generators to run Street Lights since the solar ones have proved not too satisfactory.
  • There are also plans to install both street lights and traffic control lights in Makurdi, Gboko, Otukpo and Katsina-Ala.
  • A Driving/VIO School is to be established in Makurdi for the training of prospective drivers and vehicle inspection officers.
  • The Ministry plans to establish a Vehicle Inspection Centre in Makurdi to check the Road Worthiness of vehicles.
  • The ministry intends to establish a Benue State Traffic Management Agency to ensure safety and discipline on our roads.
  • A Heavy-duty Motor Park at BCC/Dangote Cement Factory Tse-Kucha is to be constructed to control activities of heavy duty vehicles along Gboko – Makurdi road.
  • The Vehicle Inspection Unit is to be strengthened to enhance safety on our highways, and revenue generation.
  • The Marine Industry is undergoing revamp under this administration to boost the activities of the Industry in the State.
Challenges Some of the challenges confronting the Ministry include, among others:
  1. Dilapidated infrastructure.
  2. Inadequate office accommodation.
  • Broken down and or obsolete machines and equipment/tools.
  1. Depleting number of technical personnel due to deaths and retirements.
Conclusion/closing remarks In conclusion, I wish to appreciate the Almighty God for the gift of life and for granting us the opportunity to interact with members of the press on this special occasion of the Ministerial Press Briefing this day. I also wish to very sincerely appreciate the Executive Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Samuel Ortom, for creating and enabling environment for the Ministry to function optimally towards sustainable infrastructural development across the state. On a final note, I deeply appreciate the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist and his team for putting together the Accountability Press Briefing which is a legacy that would be remembered by even the next generation. I thank the Permanent Secretary and the cream of Directors for their unwavering support and their tenacity of purpose towards ensuring the success of this presentation. Thank you and God bless. BENUE STATE GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DATA ON REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE FROM JUNE 2015 – FEBRUARY, 2017
S/N DETAILS 2015 2016 JAN-FEB 2017 TOTAL
A REVENUE        
1 Contract registration and renewal 1,530,000.00 47,639,750.00 480,000.00 49,649,750.00
2 Contract processing fee 10,480,168.03 188,429,697.62 94,202,755.50 293,112,621.15
3 Sale of written equipment 3,058,050.00 112,332.00 1,182,184.30 4,352,566.30
4 Award letter 4,055,000.00 90,000.00 4,145,000.00
5 Contract registration form 734,000.00 7,000.00 741,000.00
6 Job transfer 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00
7 Receipts for non-personnel items 25,585,000.00 52,860,000.00 78,445,000.00
8 Lobi Leasing: Receipts 22,035,000.00 17,945,000.00 2,971,500.00 42,951,500.00
  TOTAL 62,688,218.03 312,775,779.62 98,933,439.80 474,397,437.45
B EXPENDITURE        
1 Salaries and wages 69,865,927.22 91,293,127.27 161,159,054.49
2 Severance gratuity to ex political appointees 93,281,390.00 1,710,720.36 94,992,110.36
3 Training of workers, judges, BNHOA members 198,872,461.65 170,274,482.00 7,425,870.00 376,572,813.65
4 Travels 185,989,250.85 346,400,831.86 40,183,600.00 572,573,682.71
5 Insurance of all government vehicles 134,487,500.00 150,187,100.00 0.00 150,187,100.00
6 Constituency services funds released to members of State Assembly 500,000,000.00 1,000,000,000.00 0.00 1,500,000,000.00
7 Welfare of workers: Judges medical attention, civil servants, political appointees etc. 249,267,181.75 246,805,474.50 16,611,670.00 512,684,326.25
8 Servicing of debts inherited from the previous administration (purchase of generator for SSG, AG office, Computer section) 46,000,000.00 18,900,000.00 0.00 64,900,000.00
9 Purchase of vehicles 570,000,000.00 423,209,600.00 0.00 993,209,600.00
10 Upgrading and re-equipping of the state central computer unit 138,000,000.00 22,669,500.00 4,333,000.00 165,002,500.00
11 Purchase of vehicles (through MOF but paid by Sub Treasury) 1,261,906,700.00 0.00 0.00 1,261,906,700.00
12 Payment of professional fee on the provision of consultancy services in respect of process review and reconciliation of accounts for the N13 billion five year bond issued by the state government in 2011 0.00 605,664,837.86 0.00 605,664,837.86
13 Maintenance of vehicles, office furniture and equipment and buildings 789,150.00 14,179,029.85 2,200,000.00 17,168.179.85
14 Fuelling of vehicles and plants 2,847,150.00 8,872,505.00 1,540,000.00 13,259,655.00
15 Expenditure: Insurance/Repairs/Refunds 0.00 0.00 0.00 16,071,000.00
  TOTAL 3,358,025,321.47 3,191,737,878.34 74,004,860.36 6,505,351,560.17
  Notes:
  1. Salaries for the Month of November and December 2016 as well as January, 2017 though not yet paid are computed to be about N32,000,000.00
  2. Outstanding liabilities of beneficiaries under the Benue State Taxi Scheme amounts to N231,927,000.00 to date.