By Hakeem Bello


BRF is a genius at breaking it down, laying all of it out. When he goes on challenge excursions, he stops to ask the artisans and meals distributors on the location about how the challenge has touched or is touching their lives.

And that’s what authorities communications ought to actually be specializing in: telling and displaying the precise impression/outcomes.

Not simply the contract sum (enter) — which is what tends to make the headlines, the media love these numbers — but additionally the “stimulus” impact on abnormal individuals and communities and neighbourhoods.”

  • Tolu Ogunlesi, Particular Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Digital Communications, on “Classes in/from public sector communication”


Proper on the cash

The tales informed by these Nigerians – Abu, Sunday and others throughout BRF’s excursions – can fill a e-book, however far more than that, they inform a narrative: Affect.

In 2017, Mallam Abu, a labourer on the web site of the Gombe State Nationwide Housing Programme, informed Fashola that he had labored on the web site for about eight months and had been in a position to pay the dowry of his new spouse and so they have been anticipating a child.

In February, Sunday Echekwu, a mason on the web site of the Anambra State Nationwide Housing Programme in Isiagu Neighborhood on the outskirts of Awka, the State Capital, informed the minister he and his colleagues earned N4,500 every day for his or her labour on the web site.

Previous to getting the job, he stated he was doing odd jobs right here and there however idle more often than not. On the identical web site, Mrs. Isaiah Eberechukwu, a meals vendor, informed him that she equipped meals to the employees on the location every day, together with Sundays, at N250 a plate. Her husband, Mr. Eberechukwu was additionally a bricklayer on the web site.

Once more on the web site of the Delta State Nationwide Housing Programme in Asaba, the State Capital, Emmanuel Ogochukwu who spoke glowingly of the Buhari administration for giving them a supply of constructing a residing by way of the NHP and different individuals oriented initiatives which, based on him, “is impacting positively on the inhabitants, particularly the unemployed youths throughout the nation”.

For Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, there’s actually no going about it some other method.

On assuming workplace in November 2015, as Minister of Energy, Works and Housing considered one of his first strikes was to ask, in batches, the over 200 Federal Authorities contractors – lots of whom  had deserted their tasks for lack of cost – for a chat.

The end result of these conferences was the re-mobilisation again to websites of the contractors, resulting in the recall of over 750, 000 employees.

Impact: resuscitation of the economic system. As many obtained their jobs again, so did suppliers of supplies in addition to suppliers of meals and drinks on the varied websites; to not overlook compensations to individuals whose lands have been acquired to make method for roads’ building.

After all, whereas doing these, the eyes of this football-loving minister are firmly on the ball.

At the moment, for him, it’s work for the supply of President Buhari’s Mandate of utilizing infrastructure to remodel Nigeria’s economic system and elevate tens of millions out of poverty.

These tens of millions would come with Peter, the Painter met by the Hon. Minister on the web site of the Nationwide Housing Programme(NHP) in 2019; Mrs Folake Emmanuel the Meals Vendor on the web site of the NHP in Oyo State and her husband, Mr Emmanuel, whose hitherto idle concrete mixer roared into motion on the web site fetching N20,000 every day ; Rilwan Adamu from the NHP web site in Jalingo ; Fidelis the Carpenter on the NHP web site in Gwagwalada , FCT ; and Engr. Obosi , the enthusiastic youth met on the web site of the NHP in Ikot Ntuen /Affa Nsit , Uyo , Akwa Ibom State amongst so many others.


And he’s on the best way

For instance, out of the 643-kilometre SUKUK-funded roads which the President needs completed, a complete of 411.96 kilometres have been accomplished from February 2019 so far.

As at February 2020, all of the piling works of the 2nd Niger Bridge challenge had been accomplished whereas the deck is being launched and the strategy roads to the bridge from Asaba and Onitsha are concurrently being constructed. The challenge is scheduled to be accomplished in 2022.

Within the Housing Sector, the Ministry has delivered a major variety of homes by way of the Nationwide Housing Programme and in collaboration with its parastatals – the Federal Mortgage Financial institution of Nigeria (FMBN) and the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), in addition to by synchronising the deliverables of the Ministry and its parastatal with these of the Public Non-public Partnerships.

FMBN alone accomplished 43 Housing tasks between 2015 and 2019, delivering a complete of 5, 542 housing models whereas at present implementing 15 tasks that may ship 581 housing models when accomplished.

The financial institution additionally issued 5, 301 mortgages totaling N38.2 billion throughout the interval whereas within the final one 12 months as much as Could 2020, 331 mortgages totaling N2.9 billion have been issued.

It’s imagined to do extra with the Nationwide Cooperatives Housing Partnerships. It additionally granted Dwelling Renovation Loans totaling N34.85 Billion to 42, 037 individuals between 2015 and 2019 and within the final one 12 months N5.7 Billion of the mortgage has been granted to six, 675 individuals. The FHA additionally has delivered 461 housing models whereas 1, 407 housing models are beneath building.

By street building and rehabilitation alone, 201, 719 direct and oblique jobs have been generated whereas 15, 158 jobs have been additionally created by way of street upkeep by FERMA.

The multiplier impact of the roads’ building may be felt in elevated agricultural productiveness and meals safety by way of simple evacuation of farm produce to markets throughout the nation.

This has additionally decreased journey time and complemented different infrastructure alongside the alignments the place roads are constructed.

Improved street infrastructure has additionally impacted positively on safety by means of decreased crime price on the roads.

The Sector has additionally contributed to the expansion of mining for street building supplies comparable to limestone, granite, sand and laterite.

The Housing Sector has not completed much less both. The Sector has created 516, 998 jobs since inception of this administration, vastly impacting on the combat in opposition to poverty by way of empowerment expertise acquisition.

Property values have appreciated between 30 and 40 per cent with approval/issuance of Certificates of Occupancy and Consents in addition to provision of Highway Transport Infrastructure.

The BRF Means additionally manifests in how he reacts to criticisms, significantly from these he considers “right-thinking and well-meaning: redoubling his efforts.

“Criticisms encourage and problem me,” he informed an interviewer on a TV programme lately, “as a result of I imagine the critic…has entrusted our authorities, by way of President Muhammadu Buhari, to me with the accountability to serve him.

So in the identical method that I might go to a restaurant and if the standard of meals is just not good, I’m entitled to complain. I see critics in that gentle.

Actually and actually what I used to say is that if critics ask extra of us we should really feel proud that they’re asking extra of us as a result of they really imagine we’re able to doing it. In the event that they don’t imagine in our means to do extra, they gained’t ask us. So now that they’re asking us I’m impressed.”

Doing extra is the BRF Approach to make the opposite class of critics – these “who make feedback about issues they aren’t conscious of” and “those that don’t imagine something” recant.

When in February, he was inspecting the 2nd Niger Bridge challenge, one of many journalists on the tour went to him and apologised profusely for writing uncharitable and unconfirmed issues concerning the challenge.

By means of response he took the journalist to the highest of the bridge the place decks have been already being laid. They took images there and in his pleasure the journalist posted the {photograph} on his medium’s on-line platform.


The BRF Means positive works

And, as Fashola clocks 57 immediately, one can’t however pray to the Almighty to maintain giving  him concepts to good The BRF Means for the better good of mankind.


  • Bello, FNGE, is Particular Adviser Communications to the Hon. Minister.

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