By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has directed the state Ministry of Works and Infrastructural Development to commence repairs, renovation and beautification of offices in various Ministries, Departments and government’s Agencies in the state.
Most of government’s offices in the state have been in eyesore conditions with most of the buildings housing some of offices in dilapidated state with cracked walls, leaking roofs and general state of disrepair for some times now.
The governor, during a visit to the Ministry of Youths Development, as well as the state’s Rural Electrification Board housed within the building complex of the office of the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG) gave the order to give government’s offices befitting facelift.
He said it was necessary to ensure a good working environment for staff to motivate workers to galvernise efficiency and give workers sense of pride.
While assessing the offices, governor Sani Bello expressed worry over the dilapidated structures in the environment and the litany of other abandoned, uncompleted buildings in the complex.
He directed that all government offices in the state must be put in good working condition no matter the portfolio or cadre of staff in such offices.
He said a decent work place would encourage workers to carry out their duties diligently and effectively.
While directing the works ministry to do proper work, he stressed that “these offices need to be renovated and new ones built where necessary so that our workers can enjoy good working environment no matter their cadre. This will enable our workers to put in their best and diligently carry out their duties.”
He also called on the Ministry of Works to facilitate the completion of all abandoned projects and renovation of dilapidated ones in all Ministries.
Though the monetary value of the work to be carried out could not be immediately ascertained, it is nonetheless expected to gulp hundreds of millions of naira especially given the tradition of all government’s contracts including works carried out via direct labour.
Our correspondent in Minna gathered that the parapet at the Government House, whose works began about a year ago, is said to been awarded at over N1.9 Billion. Work on the project is still ongoing.