FG Partners UNIDO For Economic Diversification
The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde RAjib Fashola SAN stated that Nigeria would continue to partner with the United Nations International Development Organisation, (UNIDO) and its affiliates for its socio-economic development
Fashola disclosed this today in Abuja when he received in audience the Representative of ECOWAS and Regional Director, Nigeria Regional Hub, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Jean Bakole and members of his team during a courtesy visit.
The Minister reaffirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was committed to developing and renewing the infrastructural deficit of the country for efficiency, growth and development. However He also said that Mr. President was always ready to embrace any policy geared towards improving the nation’s infrastructure.
Fashola however reiterated the commitment of the present administration to securing lives and properties growing the economy and tackling corruption all geared towards improving infrastructure and industrial development.
The Minister charged UNIDO to assist Nigeria towards her match for industrialization either in the area of manufacturing, or Agro production, stressing that Federal Government’s commitment towards that direction was already yielding result as most of her agro- products were being exported to both Northern and Central African region. He also disclosed that there were existing fiscal policies in Nigeria to give relief to producers.
Earlier, the leader of the UNIDO delegation, Jean Bakole stated that UNIDO had come to work with Nigeria and add value to its economy, pledging that UNIDO would give support in innovation, science and technology, research and development, agro business ,small and medium enterprises, minerals and metals and eco friendly environment.
He also stated that UNIDO was ready to partner with investors in the area of building, construction trade and capacity development in Nigeria.
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF POWER, WORKS & HOUSING
(WORKS & HOUSING SECTOR)
HEADQUARTERS, MABUSHI, ABUJA
INVITATION FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION/EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EoI) FOR WORKS , GOODS AND CONSULTANCY SERVICES
The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Works & Housing Sector) intends to execute some capital projects as provided for in the 2019 Appropriation Act, in compliance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007. The Ministry, therefore, invites interested and competent Contractors, Suppliers and Consultants to submit Technical and Expression of Interest (EoI) documents for the execution of Year 2019 Projects:
2.0 SCOPE OF WORKS/ASSIGNMENTS
Details of the Scope of Works/Assignments are contained in the Bid Documents. The projects were grouped/categorized into A to F, respectively. Bidders are therefore, requested to submit their respective Technical/EoI documents for the categories chosen on the basis of the specific requirements for each project as categorized and specified in Sections 4.0 of this publication.The projects are listed in the table below:
|CATEGORY ‘A’: ROADS & BRIDGES|
|A.1||Dualisation of Akure to Ado Ekiti Road in Ondo /Ekiti States|
|A.2||Construction of Ukana –AkpaUtong-Ikot Ntuen Road Akwa Ibom State|
|A.3||Rehabilitation of Achingali- Udoobiz-Udo-Na-Umumwana-Ubakala Road including Bridge Across Imo River in Imo State|
|A.4||Rehabilitation of Sokoto-Illela (Nigeria)-Birnin Konni (Niger Republic) Road in Sokoto State|
|A.5||Construction of Iluke – AiyetoroKiri – Abugi – Eggan Road, Kogi State|
|A.6||Construction of Bama – Gulumba – Rann Road|
|CATEGORY ‘B’: ROADS & BRIDGES|
|B.1||Rehabilitation of Odo –OnaElewe Idiayunre- Mamu Ogun State Border in Oyo State|
|B.2||Construction of Tamawa-Gulu Road in Kano State Phase 3: Maigari – Gulu Section|
|CATEGORY ‘C’: OTHER ROAD & BRIDGES|
|C.1||Construction/Rehabilitation of Roads and Bridges in the Six (6) Geo-Political Zones|
|D.1||Rehabilitation /Restoration of Federal Government Secretariat and other Federal Government Buildings in selected States/FCT|
|D.2||Construction/Completion of Additional Facilities, Supply and Installation of Workshop Equipment in Training Schools and Workshops Nationwide|
|D.3||Fencing of Federal Government Lands and other Properties in Selected States|
|D.4||Urban Renewal and Slum Upgrading Project: Provision of Motorized/Solar Powered Boreholes in Selected States|
|D.5||Urban Renewal and Slum Upgrading Project: Construction and Rehabilitation of Roads, Culverts and External Drainage Works in selected States/FCT|
|D.6||Provision of Infrastructure (Roads & Drains, Water and Electricity Supply) in the New Town in FCT|
|D.7||Construction of Roads, Drainages, Culverts and Erosion Control, Class Room Blocks, VIP Toilets, Primary Health Care/ Maternity, Skills Acquisition/ Civic/Community Centres, Pavilion, Boreholes/Hand Pumps, Water Treatment and Sanitation, Provision of Electrification/Solar Street Lighting, Transformers, etc|
|D.8||Maintenance of Electrical System, High Tension / Low Tension Network Assembly and Retrofitting of Public Building with Renewable Energy at Headquarters and Field Offices|
|D.9||Provision of Engineering Workshop Tools (Mechanical, Electrical, Water and Structural Tools), Generators and others|
|D.10||Maintenance of Fire Fighting Equipment, Air conditioners and Water/Plumbing System in Headquarters and Selected Field Offices|
|D.11||Construction of Internal and External Directional Posts and Display Boards|
|D.12||Installation / Rehabilitation and Sustenance of Street Light|
|D.13||Provision of Road Signages and other Road Furniture on Federal Highways - Consultancy|
|D.14||Relocation of Utilities (Water Lines, Telecommunications, Electrical Installations and Other Facilities) on Road Projects|
|CATEGORY ‘E’: GOODS|
|E.1||Procurement of Poverty Alleviation & Skills Acquisition Starter Packs|
|E.2||Acquisition of GIS Equipment, Satellite Imageries, Digital Survey and Data Mining Software for Urban Planning and Surveying activities,|
|E.3||Procurement of Computer Hardware, Accessories, Consumables and Software/e-Books, Office Furniture/fittings, Generating SetStationery, Photographic/Topographic/ Workshop/Material Testing Equipment and Acquisition of Medical Equipment/Drugs etc|
|CATEGORY ‘F’: CONSULTANCY AND OTHER SERVICES|
|F.1||Engineering Design & Supervision of Highway Roads and Bridges Projects Nationwide|
|F.2||Consulting and Professional Services:
|F.3||Development and Hosting of the Harmonized Interactive Web Portal, Design and Development of Road Access Management Systems (RAMS) and e-Registry Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) for Lands Department|
|F.4||Design and Development of Road Access Management System (RAMS) Using Geographic Information System (GIS) including Digitization for Online Road Management in the Country|
|F.5||Consultancy Services for Development and Management of Highways|
|F.6||Consultancy Service for the Engagement of Transaction Advisory Services for Private Public Partnership (PPP) Projects|
|F.7||Slum Identification & Mapping In Selected Cities Of Abuja (FCT) & Ibadan (Oyo State)|
|F.8||Acquisition of Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS) Data Base Software / Digitization and Expansion of HRM Registry|
|F.9||Conduct Baseline Studies on Land Governance and Tenure Structure, Realistic Land Values/Compensation, Demand notice preparation, Resonance Survey and Inventorisation of Federal Government Lands|
|F.10||Perimeter, Topographic, Layout Survey and as-Built Survey of Federal Government Land/properties in Selected States|
|F.11||Conversion of Analogue Spatial Data to Digital Format in the Six (6) Geo – Political Zones|
|F.12||Up-Grading of Cadastral Geographic Information System (CADGIS) Laboratory and Operationalization of Federal Land Data Base System at Headquarters &Zonal Headquarters|
|F.13||Preparation of Physical Development, Resilience Plansand Master Plan, Physical Development Standards, Guideline and Bye Laws Booklet, Regeneration of City Resilience/ Strength, Need Assessment and Slum Identification Reports in Selected States|
|F.14||Training and Capacity Development in Auto/Cad and AroGIS Applications for Urban and Regional Planning, Capacity Building for Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Builders and Town Planners in Computer Aided Designs and Standardization and Project Management|
|F.15||Consultancy Anchor ship and Facilitating the Training of Professionals, (Artisan, Craftsmen etc)|
|F.16||Building Energy Efficiency Code (BEEC) and Guidelines (BEEG)|
|F.17||Domestication of UN-HABITAT Guidelines, Plans and Human Capacity Development of Core Staff for the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Nigeria|
3.0 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
3.1 The Ministry, in compliance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 and the Public Procurement Regulations for Works, Goods and Services, will carry out pre-qualification/shortlisting of companies/consultants that respond to this advertisement based on the following requirements:
|*||Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation issued byCorporate Affairs Commission (CAC) including Forms CAC2 and CAC7;|
|*||Evidence of Company’s current Annual returns to CAC for categories A, B & C;|
|*||Evidence of Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) for the last three (3) years (2016, 2017 & 2018) valid till 31st December, 2019.|
|*||Evidence of current Pension Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2019;|
|*||Evidence of current Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2019;|
|*||Evidence of current Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2019;|
|*||Evidence of Registration on the BPP’s National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by submission of a valid Certificate of Registration or Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring on 31/01/2020;|
|*||Unabridged Company Audited Annual Report for the immediate past three (3) years (2016, 2017 & 2018);|
|*||For Joint Venture/Partnership, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) should be provided (CAC, TCC, Pension Compliance Certificate, ITF Compliance Certificate, NSITF Compliance Certificate, IRR & Sworn Affidavit are compulsory for each JV partner)|
|*||A Sworn Affidavit:
|*||Evidence of Particulars of Directors;|
3.2 Local Content, Safety and Social Responsibility for Categories A to C
i) Indicate the quantum of verifiable employment to be generated stating projected numbers and specialties for skilled (Professional) and unskilled (Non-professional) Manpower;
ii) Submit verifiable key Management positions that are Nigerian Nationals and the percentage of the company’s total workforce that will be beneficial to youth employment and community development in Nigeria;
iii) All bidders should include description of current Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) procedures, plan, manuals and HSE performance statistics over the last 3 years including HSE manuals and accident statistics for the past five (5) years; and
iv) Submit a plan on how to give first consideration to services provided from within Nigeria, raw materials and manufactured goods of Nigerian origin in line with the requirements of Nigerian Content.
v) State the proposed social benefits to be accrued to the host communities where projects/services are domiciled
4.0 Specific Requirements for Evaluation
i) In addition to the requirements stipulated in 3.1 to 3.2. bidders are to fulfil the under listed requirements:
4.1 CATEGORY A: Roads& Bridges
Bidders must have average annual turnover of ten (10) Billion Naira (as evidenced in the tax clearance certificate) in the last three (3) years (2016, 2017 & 2018);
Bidder must be a prime contractor on at least two (2) projects of similar nature, magnitude and complexity comparable to the works under consideration within the last five (5) years (copies of letters of award/certificates of completion to be attached);
|*||Plant and Equipment
Verifiable evidence that the Bidders have the requisite plants and equipment to execute project of the nature and complexity including Asphalt and Quarry Plants in the Geopolitical Zone of the project biddedfor.
Evidence of access to or availability of credit facilities, confirmed by a reputable bank, equivalent of one (1) billion Naira net of other contractual commitments of the successful bidder shall be required;
Company profiles with CVs of key professionals including photocopies of relevant academic and professional qualifications with attestation of availability and contact phone numbers (evidence of registration with relevant regulatory professional bodies e.g. COREN, ARCON, CORBON, QSRBN);
|*||Evidence of Firm’s registration with relevant professional body such as: COREN/QSRBN/ARCON/CORBON/SURCON etc.|
|*||Maximum Number of Lots
Bidders must restrict their submission of bids to a maximum of one (1) lot, in this category, located in a Geopolitical Zone where they are already mobilized, and which they have comparative advantage in terms of logistics and community social relations.
4.2 CATEGORY B: Roads &Bridges
Average Annual Turnover of Two Billion, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (₦2,500,000,000.00) (as evidencedin tax clearance certificate) in the last three (3) years (2016, 2017 & 2018);
Experience as a prime contractor on at least two (2) projects of similar nature and complexity comparable to the works under consideration within the last five (5) years (copies of letters of award/certificates of completion to be attached);
|*||Plant and Equipment
Evidence that the Bidders have the requisite plants and equipment to execute project of this nature and complexity;
Evidence of access to or availability of credit facilities, certified by a reputable Banker, equivalent of Five Hundred Million Naira (₦500,000,000.00) net of other contractual commitments of the successful bidder shall be required;
Company profiles with CVs of key professionals including photocopies of relevant academic and professional qualifications with attestation of availability and contact phone numbers (evidence of registration with relevant regulatory professional bodies e.g. COREN, ARCON, CORBON, QSRBN, SURCON);
|*||This is exclusive to Nigerian firms|
|*||Maximum number of Lots
Bidders must restrict their submission of bids to a maximum of one (1) lot located in a geopolitical zone where they are already mobilized.
4.3 CATEGORY C: Roads and Bridges
a) Annual Turnover
Average Annual Turnover of Five Hundred Million Naira (₦500,000,000.00) (as evidenced in tax clearance certificate) in the last three (3) years (2016, 2017 & 2018);
b) Bidders’ Experience
Experience as a prime contractor on at least two (2) projects of similar nature and complexity comparable to the works under consideration within the last five (5) years (copies of letters of award/certificates of completion to be attached);
c) Plant and Equipment
Evidence that the Bidders have the requisite plants and equipment to execute project of this nature and complexity;
d) Financial Capacity
Evidence of access to or availability of credit facilities, certified by a reputable Banker, equivalent of Fifty Million Naira (₦50,000,000.00) net of other contractual commitments of the successful bidder shall be required;
Company profiles with CVs of key professionals including photocopies of relevant academic and professional qualifications with attestation of availability and contact phone numbers (evidence of registration with relevant regulatory professional bodies e.g. COREN, ARCON, CORBON, QSRBN;
f) This is exclusive to Nigerian firms
g) Maximum number of Lots Bidders must restrict their submission of bids to a maximum of one (1) lot in each Category
4.4 TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BRIDGES:
In addition to the requirements in 4.3, applicants must be Specialist in Bridge Construction/Rehabilitation and shall have the following Minimum Criteria:
|*||Evidence of Experience related to the Project’s Scope of Works which must be described in detail, namely Changing of Expansion Joints, Concrete Strengthening, Changing of Pot Bearings, Post Tensioning Works, Concrete Skin Repair, Pavement Rehabilitation, Corrosion Protection Measures, etc.|
|*||Submit Method Statements and Provide Repair Techniques related to Concrete Repair Works which must comply with all of the necessary technical requirements and must be properly coordinated with other refurbishment works of the Bridge.|
|*||Applicants must have been engaged in active business as a Concrete Repair Works and Bridge Rehabilitation Contractor for a minimum of two Jobs under the name of the firm applying for prequalification, and must provide Award Letters as evidence.|
|*||Applicants must provide all information pertaining to the Experience of the Firm and to its Specialist Engineers in similar type of Works (Provide CVs).|
|*||Evidence of having access to Specialized Bridge Repair Material and Bridge Components’ Manufacturers and Suppliers.|
|*||Capability for batching, controlling, placing finishing and curing concrete with Specialized Materials for the Resurfacing of the Burnt Section of the Bridge Deck.|
|*||Evidence of having a Local Experience in the same type of Works within the last few years is an Advantage.|
CATEGORIES D, E and F: other Works, Goods and Services
Evidence of previous similar jobs with two (2) letters of awards in the last three (3) years (2015, 2016 & 2017);
|*||Plant and Equipment/Warehouse
Verifiable evidence of proof of ownership and/or lease of the construction equipment/Warehouse required for the successful execution of these contracts especially categories D & E;
Evidence of financial capability by submission of letter of reference from a reputable Commercial Bank in Nigeria, indicating commitment to fund the project when awarded;
|*||Firm Registration with Professional Bodies
Evidence of Firm’s registration with relevant professional body e.g. NAICOM/Insurance, EHORECON/Cleaning Service, NITDA/CPN/Information Technology, COREN/QSRBN/ARCON/CORBON/SURCON/Construction, NSCDC/Security, ESVARBON/Estate Surveying etc.
Key personnel with evidence of registration with Professional bodies likeCOREN, QSRBN, ARCON, SURCON, CORBON, TOPREC, NIESV, CIPSMNetc;
|*||Note that indigenous companies have an advantage in these categories;|
All enquiries are to be directed to:
Public Procurement Department,
Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing
Works and Housing Headquarters,
6.0 METHOD OF SUBMISSION
i) Bids must be prepared in English Language and signed by the official authorized by the bidder.
ii) Two copies of Technical documents/Expression of Interest (EoI) for all categories must be submitted on or before 12:00 noon on Monday, 2ndSeptember, 2019. Late submissions will be returned un-opened.
iii) Bids for categories A, B & C are to be submitted at the Procurement Department Room 105, Block A, 1st Floor, Works Sector FMPW&H Mabushi, Abuja.
iv) Bids for categories D, E and F are to be submitted at the Conference Room, 3rdFloor, Housing Block, FMPW&H, Mabushi, Abuja.
7.0 OPENING OF EOI/BIDS
i. EOI/TechnicalBid Documents will be opened immediately after the deadline for submission at 12:00 noon on Monday, 2nd September, 2019, at the venue stated in 6(iii) and (iv) above.
ONLY technically shortlisted bidders will be invited for collection of Financial bids and Request for Proposals;
Companies or their representatives, Civil Societies, NGOs, Professional Bodies and members of the public are by this notice, invited to witness the bids opening exercise.
8.0 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Subject to the Provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 note that:
|*||the Ministry may verify any or all the claims made by applicants and shall disqualify any company whose claims are found to be false in addition to other sanctions that may be deemed necessary;|
|*||bidders who have worked for the Ministry and have history of poor performance, abandonment, termination and/or prolonged contract execution period need not apply as their bids may be excluded from the process in line with Section 16(8)(b) of the PPA, 2007;|
|*||the Ministry reserves the right to reject any and/or all prequalified Bidders at its sole discretion and at no costs whatsoever in line with Section 28 of the PPA, 2007;|
|*||all costs incurred in responding to this advert and prequalifying for the projects shall be borne solely by the Bidders;|
|*||for bidders of the projects in the Niger Delta Area and the North Eastern Geopolitical Zone, it is required that they present a formal undertaking that they are capable of working in the area.|
|*||none compliance to any of the above instructions will lead to disqualification; and|
|*||this advertisement shall not be construed as a commitment on the part of the Ministry to award contract to any bidder.|
|*||All documents for submission must be transmitted with a Covering/Forwarding letter under the Company/Firm’s Letter Head Paper bearing amongst others, the Registration Number (RC) as issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Contact Address, Telephone Number (preferably GSM No.), and e-mail address. The Letterhead Paper must bear the Names and Nationalities of the Directors of the Company at the bottom of the page, duly signed by the authorised officer of the firm.|
Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing
(Works & Housing Sector)
FG To Erring Contractors, Up Your Games Or Face Sanctions
The Zonal Director of the National Housing Programme in the North- West, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Architect Joseph Toluhi, has urged erring contractors handling the on going construction of housing project in Kebbi State to step up their games or face necessary sanctions.
He noted that contractors, who fails to perform diligently on the job will have to give way for others to be engaged, adding that relevant clauses in the contract agreement can be invoke for appropriate sanctions.
This was contained in a statement by the Zonal Director on Wednesday in Biriin Kebbi during the North-West inspection tour to the project site.
Toluhi stated that the federal government is committed to provide decent and affordable housing to its teeming population and reduce the housing deficit in the country, adding that the NHP project is designed for the medium income earners who have the affordable means to acquire these houses across the nation.
The National Housing Programme, Kebbi State consist of 76 housing units of 1bedroom, 2 bedrooms and 3 bedrooms semi-detached bungalows, are being handled by 19 indigenous contractors.
In a similar development, the zonal inspection team led by Toluhi also visited the National Housing Programme site in Sokoto State to have on-the-spot assessment of the on going construction works which has reached 95 per cent completion stage.
“I must say that I am pleased and happy with the level of progress of work on this site because we have a very high level of competition. Most of the building here have been completed”. He noted that out of 20 contractors engaged, 12 of them have already been completed while four are yet to be roofed.
According to him, “this means, we are ready to move into these buildings. The infrastructure such as water supply, road arterial and water supply have reached a very high level of completion”.
The Team Leader in Sokoto State, Mr lliya Kastuda also confirmed that construction work has reached 95 percent completion, adding that there is provision of worship centers, school, market to give necessary comfort and police post to ensure adequate security within the housing estate.
The zonal Director and other officials of the Ministry inspected a similar project in Gusau, Zamfara State, which is put at 65% completion stage. He however expressed disappointment in the poor quality of job done, stressing that government will not tolerate sub-standard jobs from any contractor.
Ikoyi Club At 81: The Youth And Leadership In Nation Building, Lecture Delivered By Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN At The Anniversary Lecture To Commemorate The 81st Anniversary Of Ikoyi Club 1938
Ladies and gentlemen, let me thank the Vice Chairman of Ikoyi Club, who incidentally is Chairman of the anniversary sub-committee, Tafa Zibiri-Aliu, and by extension, the management and entire body of members of the Ikoyi Club 1938 for inviting me to deliver this anniversary lecture.
Because it is an anniversary, felicitations are in order and I offer congratulations to all of you members of this club and to myself, being a member in my own right. As we say in Eko: “Mo yo fun e, mo yo fun ara mi”.
It is not easy to deal with my assigned topic which is Ikoyi Club at 81: The Youth and Leadership in Nation Building. In that sense, my host has not done me any favours by setting me this difficult task.
Firstly, 81 years of Ikoyi Club is eight decades of history entwined with the early development of Nigeria that features valleys and hills of segregation, war, independence, births, deaths, family tribulations and triumphs, consultations and confrontation with government, court cases and much more.
To undertake only a review of those eighty-one years will keep us here for a long time. Time that we certainly do not have today.
What is important is that against the odds, in spite of the passage of time, Ikoyi Club 1938 has not only survived, it has endured and prospered.
One of the reasons for this, and there are many, is the fact that it is a family club, where children can come with their parents and get exposed very early to the finest traditions of the club, mature to become youth (young adults), become members in their own right and ultimately rise to various positions of responsibility and leadership in their various sections and main management committee in a series of torch passing moments and generational regeneration for which Ikoyi club has been the beneficiary.
Secondly, the youth and the role they play in emerging leadership have been and remain a subject of long and continuing study that we cannot exhaust today.
Therefore, to make my task easier than my host may have planned, I will be speaking about youth and leadership within a context and I will come to the context shortly.
In the early days of Sir Alex Ferguson’s legendary quarter of a century reign as Manchester United’s most successful manager, he decided to disband the old and aging players he inherited.
He fielded a team of mostly teenagers and a few players in their early twenties in the season of 1992. The British press was unsparing in their condemnations and criticisms.
The most memorable headline was one which read: “You cannot win anything with kids.”
Sir Alex Ferguson was famously later to reply by saying “You cannot win anything without them,” because those kids, who later and forever will be known as the Class of 1992 became so successful and have remained the gold standard for that club and many others.
It was on their backs that two decades of success and global brand building of the Manchester United colours was achieved and propagated to every continent and to millions if not billions of homes.
This is the context about which I want to speak about the youth and leadership because in truth and in fact, it is the youth who have borne the responsibility of leadership as history has shown us.
Whether it is the young men, mostly teenagers, who bravely charged at the German forces on the beach of Normandy in June of 1944, to free Europe and the rest of the world from a very mendacious leader; or the young Herbert Macaulay, Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe and their ilk, who in the prime of youthfulness, dared to ask, challenge and struggle for independence against British Imperial rule; or the Golden Eaglets who won our first gold in global cadet football in 1985 to be followed by the Olympic medallists of 1996; or those who battled adversity in the desert in the ‘Miracle’ of Damman to set an example of an unflagging and undying Nigerian spirit.
It is the youth who have projected the might, resourcefulness and the possibilities of their nations across the world.
History is replete with records of bravery, daring, decisiveness and leadership that the young people have provided everywhere.
In business, entrepreneurship and innovation, it is the youth and young people who have led the way and demonstrated leadership.
Brands like Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter are products of youthful endeavour, daring and innovation that have re-ordered our world. In Nigeria, brands like GT Bank, Thisday Newspaper, Zenith Bank, Dangote Group, Oando and many more are the products of the youthful endeavour and determination of the Fola Adeolas, Nduka Obaigbenas, Jim Ovia, Aliko Dangote, Wale Tinubu and many more of their type.
They may have needed government permits, licenses and other approvals, but they did not refuse to act because government was not acting.
If you under estimate what the generation of Chief Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, on one hand and the generation of the Dangotes, Obaigbenas and Adeolas have done (and their list is much longer than I can recount in this speech) perhaps a few points will help to remind us.
Let us all remind ourselves that in the period before independence, there was racial segregation in Nigeria and Nigerians could not use this club as members.
Imagine if that generation of young men and women did not act by agitating for independence, would the walls of segregation have voluntarily given way? Would Nigerians have become members of this club, would they have invited me to speak here today?
Imagine the days when it took a whole day to cash a cheque, and two days to get a bank draft or recall the middlemen who prospered on the back of ordinary citizens when we had to import cement; and remember the days when only government controlled the print and electronic media.
If you do, and you think banking is easier today, cement is no longer a dealer’s racket and the news and information are easier to access, we must salute the daring and the endeavour of that generation of Nigerians.
We must also acknowledge another generation who have started walking this path, who are now in their twenties, thirties and forties and who are building a new series of brands in medicine, industrialization, entertainment, agriculture and other areas too numerous to mention.
They are already acting to take leadership. They are propelled by the fire of youthfulness and the capacity to dare.
Presently, shortly, and in the imminent future, we are, we will and we expect to feel the impact of their efforts as they will change the way we live and experience life.
And this is the centre point of my address. The Duty of the youth and their Responsibility for leadership.
Every generation of young people must understand their duty, rise up to it, and discharge it not only for themselves, but also for the next generation.
It is that sense of duty and the responsibility to act, as distinct from rights and the sense of entitlement, that is the defining character of the youthfulness in nation building and it is about some of those duties, that I wish to speak.
Sadly, I say so, we have been more concerned about rights and less about duties and we have abandoned many of the traditional building blocks that helped to prepare children into dutiful young persons and adults.
Indeed, until recently, our constitution only first provided for rights without prescribing for the duties we owe as citizens to our country.
Between 1922 and 1999 we have had 9 (Nine) Constitutions.
But remarkably while all of them make provisions for Rights of Citizens, it was in the 1989 Constitution that provisions were made for duties of citizens.
The 1989 Constitution provided for 10 (Ten) duties but these have now been harmonized into 6 (Six) duties in the 1999 Constitution that we now operate.
Perhaps because of this omission, (which I think is grave), we have looked at our country and nation with a sense of expectation of what we can get from her rather than what we can do for her.
It is therefore not unusual to feel a sense of disappointment which is expressed in statements like “what is Nigeria doing for me,” as against a sense of obligation that propels us to be driven by an urge and sense of duty to want to do our best for our country.
We have a saturation of Human Rights Defenders and organisations without Civic Duty advocates.
Rights do not exist in a vacuum.
This is perhaps why we expect messiah-like leaders, when indeed the youth and all of us are the leaders we are looking for.
This is a mindset that has set us back and it is a mindset that we must urgently get rid of like a bad habit.
It is a mindset that sees what is foreign and imported as better than what is Nigerian. It is a mindset that seeks answers in prayers, miracles and spiritualism. It is a mindset that credits and ascribes every little success that our hands achieve to the realm of miracles, religion and the unbelievable.
It is a mindset that avoids responsibility.
This is the mindset that “thanks God” when we build a house instead of the architects and builders; when our children do well in school we thank God instead of the teachers, when our sportsmen excel we thank God instead of the coaches.
It is a mindset that leads us to deny our reality and say we are “strong” even when we are visibly ill. If you doubt me, please listen to conversations in our country and in other countries, on our media platforms and those of other countries and see how many times we talk about God.
This is a mindset that abdicates responsibility and it is a slippery slope from which we must turn around and embrace our responsibilities especially our youth.
Some of the duties we owe our country and ourselves are set out in Section 24 of the Constitution of 1999, as amended, as follows:
It shall be the duty of every citizen to:
(A) abide by this Constitution, respect its ideals and its institutions, the National Flag, the National Anthem, the National Pledge, and legitimate authorities;
(B) help to enhance the power, prestige and good name of Nigeria, defend Nigeria and render such national service as may be required;
(C) respect the dignity of other citizens and the rights and legitimate interests of others and live in unity and harmony and in the spirit of common brotherhood;
(D) make a positive and useful contribution to the advancement, progress, and well-being of the community where he resides;
(E) render assistance to appropriate and lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order;
(F) declare his income honestly to appropriate and lawful agencies and pay his tax promptly.”
I cannot but wonder if this is the mindset that has made the taking of “selfies” with almost every available camera a most consuming and disturbing pastime when that same phone can be deployed for other productive and developmental uses.
It is a mindset that places self above others and it is unhelpful towards the task of nation-building.
It is probably the mindset that suggests to many to flee Nigeria when things are difficult. For everyone that chooses to leave please remember that there are people also applying to be citizens of Nigeria.
Indians, Cypriots, Greeks, Lebanese, Chinese and other nationalities have chosen Nigeria as the place to invest and raise families and this cycle that started around the 1950s has not stopped.
Every year there are applications made to the Nigerian Government for Nigerian citizenship.
The hard work, the ceaseless responsibility of nation-building which started in Nigeria since 1914 will fall on no other than her citizens especially its youthful population.
The soldiers who would defend her territory must be her strongest and by implication her most youthful.
The men and women who will build her infrastructure, move heavy equipment, that will turn ore to steel, break rocks, transport them, mix cement, lay the bricks cannot be her weakest but her strongest and therefore her most youthful citizens.
The teachers who will teach the next generation cannot be her oldest but her most enterprising and youthful ones.
The policemen and women, that will protect her citizens from criminal acts must be her strongest not her weakest, and must therefore be her youth.
The sportsmen who have and will continue to protect her global image and sporting prowess cannot be her weakest but her strongest and fittest, and therefore must be her youth.
Those who will be joined in matrimony to continue the act of procreation; to produce the next generation of Nigeria’s human capital will be those largely of childbearing age and therefore her youth.
Those who will farm the fields, work the tractors, the factories that process food will not be the aging, aged and infirm, but the youthful energetic and virile members of our citizenry.
The list is long, but these examples show the burden of responsibility for nation building that rests fairly on the shoulders of the young and youthful members of any community. It is their destiny to fulfil or betray.
I urge all of us in this club, in our offices, our local Governments, in our states and in our country to acknowledge and salute the efforts of those who have come before us.
No matter how much is now left to be done, let us acknowledge that those who came before us have started the journey.
If we do so, we will appreciate the value of their contribution to the work which we now have to do, because nation building is a never ending responsibility.
The actors change but the duties and the nation endures.
On this auspicious occasion of Ikoyi Club’s 81st anniversary, and on the eve of Nigeria’s 59th Independence Anniversary, I say once again Happy Anniversary.
God will bless Ikoyi Club and Nigeria, but it is the members of Ikoyi and Nigerian citizens, especially the youthful ones that will build Ikoyi Club and Nigeria.
Thank you for listening.
Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Honourable Minister of Works and Housing
FASHOLA ALIYU RECEIVE THE REPRESENTATIVE TO ECOWAS AND REGIONAL DIRECTOR NIGERIA REGIONAL HUB UNIDO BAKOLE IN ABUJA
Hon Minister of Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN right Minister of State in the Ministry Engr Abubakar Aliyu middle and Representative to ECOWAS and Regional Director Nigeria Regional Hub United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO Mr Jean Bakole left shortly after a courtesy visit at the Ministry of Works Housing Headquarters on Monday 14th October 2019
FASHOLA RECEIVES THE COORDINATOR NATIONAL BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE ABUJA CENTRE ON ADVOCACY VISIT
Hon Minister of Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN middle Coordinator National Blood Transfusion Service Abuja Centre Dr Oluwatoyin Smith 2nd right Dr Omo Izedonmwen left Medical Officer Dr Owoeye Olowe Oluyemisi 2nd left and others shortly after an Advocacy visit by the members of the National Blood Transfusion Service Abuja Centre at the Ministry of Works Housing Headquarters on Monday 14th October 2019