The Federal Government says it is undertaking the rehabilitation and construction of 320 roads nationwide to improved security, agriculture, education, and commerce.
The Minster of Works, Sen. David Umahi disclosed this when the Minister of Defence, Mr Mohammed Abubarkar,CON*, and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieut. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement signes by, Mr Uchenna Orji, the Special Adviser on Media to the Umahi made on Saturday in Abuja.
Umahi said the focus was on strengthening collaborations towards improving the nation’s internal security through revolutionalising road infrastructure development.
“Road is everything. If you improve the roads, you have improved security, agriculture, education, and commerce, and you have improved the happiness of people.
‘And this is just what Mr. President is doing. We have started goimg to the field to repair over 320 roads that Mr President directed us to do.
“This is part of the strategic and holistic security roadmap of the Federal Government under President Bola Tinubu,” he said.
He said the interactive meeting was a Renewed Hope initiative that would add value to the implementation of the security roadmap of the present administration.
He commended the President for appointing men of proven professional capacities and passion for service delivery to tackle the security challenges facing the country.
He, however, expressed hope that with the interventions of Mr President towards rejigging the nation’s road infrastructure, military operations across the nation would assume greater impetus.
” I commend Tinubu very highly, and I thank members of the public who have also supported in different dimensions.
“The main focus of Tinubu when it comes to road infrastructure is the interstate routes that are linked to security operations nationwide, the palliative jobs, and the roads that are linked to markets, industries, and factories etc.
“And so, this is one of the mandates that Mr. President has given to us. And so, we are going to hasten this mandate and to ensure that the desire of Mr. President, as far as road infrastructure is concerned, is achieved”
Speaking on behalf of the visiting team, the Chief of Army Staff said that the essence of the meeting was to discuss the elements of national power support to the military field operations with a focus on the role of infrastructural upgrade in the enhancement of military operations across the country.
“We have discussed extensively, and are glad that the minister of works is disposed to some of the suggestions that we have made on the need to focus on some critical roads that will impact positively on military operations across the country.
“And so, the Minister of Works has made some promises, and we look forward to seeing activities of contractors and other agents focus in this direction in the field.
“The military will support them going forward. Overall, improved security is our objective, and we will continue to pursue that,” he sad.(NAN)