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.
- Directorate of Administration and Supplies – 39
- Directorate of Civil Engineering – 35
- Directorate of Mechanical Engineering Services – 18
- Directorate of Electrical Engineering Services – 25
- Directorate of Transport Services – 33
- Directorate of Finance and Accounts – 5
- Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics – 4
- Name of Road: Origbo-Imande Akpu – Gbajimba Road (40.397km)
- Name of Road: Mobile Police Barracks Road Junction – Mobile Police Barracks – Adeke – Welfare Quarters – Yaiko – Apir Road Junction (24km)
- Name of Road: Dualization of New Assembly Village Road (2.30km)
- Name of Road: Ge-Ikyobo-Agbeede-Amua-Anshagba (37.00km)
- Name of Road: Zaki Biam-Afia-Gbeji Road (46.52km)
- Name of Road: Construction of 92km of Rural roads
- Name of Road: Rehabilitation of 18.18km of some township roads in Gboko
- Name of Road: Rehabilitation of 12.16km of Township Roads in Makurdi and Otukpo
- Name of Road: Rehabilitation of Gboko Township Roads (7.4km)
- Name of Road: Construction/Rehabilitation of some selected Makurdi Township Roads, Phase II (38.20km)
- Name of Road: Tor Donga-Zaki Biam with Spur to Tse Wuaze-Tiza-Abiki-Shila Road (45.14km)
- Supervision of Electrical Installation works at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Makurdi is at completion stages.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- New Road Projects soon to be embarked upon include the following:
- Obagaji – Okokolo – Abian – Agagbe (43.25km) – N5,522,844,500.25
- Igumale Agila (30km) – N2,956,574,557.13
- Otukpo Icho – Odudaje – Aondoana (21km) – N2,591,714,379.90
- Ikyov – Utange – Mbagwaza – Mbagba – Lessel (55km) – N5,190,419,492.99
- Makurdi – Yogbo – Udei – Udei branch (52.27km) – N6,476,941,779.07
- 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.
- Dilapidated infrastructure.
- Inadequate office accommodation.
- Broken down and or obsolete machines and equipment/tools.
- Depleting number of technical personnel due to deaths and retirements.
|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|
|5||Contract registration form||–||734,000.00||7,000.00||741,000.00|
|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|
|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|
|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|
- 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
- Outstanding liabilities of beneficiaries under the Benue State Taxi Scheme amounts to N231,927,000.00 to date.