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Senator Engr Nweze Dave Umahi
Hon. Minister, Works.

"The Minister of Works, His Excellency, Sen. (Engr) David Nweze Umahi CON was at no time locked up in his office nor denied access today, Thursday the 28th of Sept. 2023." Ministry.

The Ministry of Works, under the leadership of Senator Engr Nweze Dave Umahi MON has debunked reports in some news dailies that he was locked out of his office by angry workers of the ministry in the morning of Thursday, 28 September, 2023.

A statement issued and signed by the Director Information, (Press and Public Relations Unit) Blessing Lere-Adams said it was necessary to bring to the attention and proper information of the general public that "the Minister of Works, His Excellency, Sen. (Engr) David Nweze Umahi CON was at no time locked up in his office nor denied access today, Thursday the 28th of Sept. 2023.

"The Hon Minister, in all fairness, had attempted to bring sanity and orderliness to the Ministry by ensuring that services are rendered as at when due to grow the Nigerian economy to everyone's benefit." The statement read. 

"Therefore, to imbibe the spirit of  discipline, daily work activities in the Federal Ministry of Works now begins at 9a.m, Mondays to Fridays for all staff while the closing hour shall be 4p.m."

According to the statement, "The Ministry's Union Chairperson, Mr. Williams Kuti during a meeting with the Minister, Permanent Secretary and Management Staff opined that the Minister had started on a good note by identifying both the needs of Nigerians in the quest for good and durable roads and bridges had taken a personal inspection tour of most of the road infrastructure in the South West, South East, South South and part of the North Central and North west geo political zones of the country, moreso he has reached out to staff by means of personal welfare during the just celebrated Muslim festival. 

The statement further noted that, "The Union Chairman alongside other staff during the meeting requested for more staff buses to ease their movement to and from their locations." 

In his address, the Minister reminded them that, "we all have to work in unity to be able to deliver Nigeria; our dear country from total collapse. The Minister recalled his several attempts at ensuring that things are done right and also that international best practices are respected by all Contractors in the construction of all Nigerian roads hence forth, by this, proper discipline, and respect of the Rule of Law and Contract Agreement, we can be sure to see roads that can last more than Seven (7) years but rather, roads that will last up to fifty (50) years and that is when the Concrete Technology method of building our roads is put to use.

"This again, the Minister assured will create more jobs for Nigerian Engineers, while increasing the use of local content which are in abundance in Nigeria rather than putting more pressure on the Nigerian Naira for the importation of bitumen and asphalt for road construction.

The Honorable Minister, during the meeting, promised to go to other zones within the next three weeks and see first hand the problems Nigerians are facing on the road . 

The meeting, described as fruitful meeting, ended with the Honorable Minister, being given three Gbosas for playing the role of a true Father to the staff.

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