FG urges con­struc­tion coys to mo­bilise to sites

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY -

The Fed­eral Govern­ment has urged con­struc­tion com­pa­nies to mo­bilise to site in view of over 80 per­cent of 247 bil­lion naira so far re­leased for the cap­i­tal projects in the 2016 bud­get to the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. This was dis­closed by Min­is­ter of Labour and Em­ploy­ment, Sen. Chris Ngige while re­ceiv­ing the lead­er­ship of Con­struc­tion and Civil Engi­neer­ing Se­nior Staff As­so­ci­a­tion in Abuja.

He said, “as of today, the cap­i­tal re­leases of the govern­ment stand at 247 bil­lion out of which a larger chunk has gone to the con­struc­tion in­dus­try in five min­istries -Works and Hous­ing with about 120 bil­lion or there about. Trans­port- the con­struc­tion an­gle of it, rail and oth­ers ac­count for an­other large chunk. So in ef­fect, 80 per­cent of 247 bil­lion so far re­leased has gone to the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

“The idea is that govern­ment wants to re­flate the econ­omy and put money in the hands of the peo­ple through these con­struc­tion com­pa­nies that have mil­lions of Nige­ri­ans in their em­ploy.”

On the abuse of the ex­pa­tri­ate quota which the union high­lighted as one of the bane of the sec­tor, the min­is­ter said the sit­u­a­tion where ex­pa­tri­ates take over po­si­tions meant for Nige­ri­ans, even as low as the me­nial, was un­ac­cept­able .

Ear­lier, the Na­tional Pres­i­dent of Con­struc­tion and Civil Engi­neer­ing Se­nior Staff As­so­ci­a­tion, Com­rade Isaac Eg­bugara who said the con­struc­tion in­dus­try was groan­ing un­der huge debt, so­licited the as­sis­tance of the min­is­ter to­wards the re­lease of owed funds, stress­ing the need for an ur­gent at­ten­tion to avoid fur­ther job losses.

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