The Federal Government, yesterday, announced its plans to spend about N40.3 billion on the reconstruction of nine public buildings which it said are currently in bad shape.
Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the projects would be executed under the National Maintenance Framework for public buildings recently approved by the Federal Executive Council, FEC. The buildings according to the minister include; the prison, court, federal secretariat, hospital, a federal government college and four of blocks of building in the ministry of Power, Works and Housing including the power house. Fashola, who said the projects, would generate employment as well as to boost the economy said, “This is the economy that we see ahead as we set out to implement this approval starting from buildings, and as I said, and extending to roads, rail, bridges etc. as we progress. “Our pilot programme covered nine building comprising a Federal government college, a Federal Hospital, a Federal Court building, a federal prison, a federal secretariat and our office buildings at our headquarters here in Mabushi. “The pilot survey showed that these nine buildings will cost N40.3 billion to reconstruct, while it will cost N922.8m per annum to maintain them which is about 2.3 % of the cost of replacement
Just these nine buildings will require about 448 people to keep them well maintained a year. For example, the school will require at least 30 people to be employed per school for maintenance; and the federal government owns 104 Unity schools which potentially will require 30 X 104 = 3,120. “So you can see the economy we see when this extends to all our hospitals, all our courts, all our prisons, all our police stations, all our universities and covers all public buildings. “This is an economic choice by this government to drive the small business sector, to drive skill utilization and to move the economy from growth without jobs to growth driven by new jobs that reward services.” The minister recalled that, “But as if this was not enough, President Buhari raised the bar for construction, services and a new way of life for Nigerians when he signed the law to protect people living with disability from discrimination and exclusion. “We have five years to comply, and this requires that all our buildings must have lifts and ramps. (By this I mean well-designed ramps for people confined to their wheelchairs, not hills they cannot use on their own).